INCUBATE YOUR BUSINESS

What you get from one year with our business counselors.

 
 

Established in 2013, our business incubator program works with Native startups and early-stage ventures to establish their business in Native communities.

Our program is tuned to the needs of Native American entrepreneurs establishing their operations in Native communities. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Applications received before April 26, 2019 will be reviewed for our 2019 Summer Cohort. If you are accepted into the program, you will work with a business counselor on a weekly basis over a one-year time period to:

Strengthen your business and financial model

Consider appropriate branding and marketing collateral for your business

Support the back end aspects of your business: accounting, financial reporting, tax preparation, business registration

Become eligible for a micro-loan. Change Labs offer micro-loans up to $10,000 exclusively for graduates of the program.

To learn more about eligibility, click here

If accepted into the program, here's what the first 12 months of activity would look like: 

MONTH 1: participation in 2 1/2-day business fundamentals bootcamp, introduction to your other Native American businesses in your cohort and your business counselor

MONTH 2: weekly meetings with your business counselor to set goals for the year and strengthen your business model

MONTH 3: weekly meetings with your business counselor to discuss your marketing and branding needs

MONTH 4: participation in a 2-day financing bootcamp with your cohort and your business counselor

MONTH 5: weekly meetings with your business counselor to integrate your pricing, revenue, and financial goals into your business

MONTH 6: participation in a 2-day marketing bootcamp with your cohort and your business counselor

MONTH 7: weekly meetings with your business counselor to integrate your branding into all aspects of your business

MONTH 8: weekly meetings with your business counselor to review and adjust your goals regarding operations, marketing, and financials

MONTH 9: weekly meetings with your business counselor to prepare for meetings with loan officers

MONTH 10: participation in 1-day session with loan officers

MONTH 11: weekly meetings with your business counselor to review your goals and set post-graduation goals

MONTH 12: graduation

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Georgiana B Pongyesva and Jack Pongyesva, 2018 Cohort
Cofounders of Rezcycling, an metal recycling company serving Navajo and Hopi communities

 
 

Testimonials

 
I was able to turn some of their networking events and gigs into business.
They helped with administrative issues, my logo, marketing. It was amazing and helped with making right decisions.
 
The cohort is the coolest thing, we give each other business – push each other, promote each other

Incubator Members & Graduates