Like getting your MBA in 10 weeks.
What stage should I be in with my business idea to get the most out of this program?
We have had people with long-standing businesses go through the program as well as people with just the spark of an idea. In either case, and everything in between, this program allows people to jumpstart their business through learning and applying strong business, finance and marketing frameworks to their plans.
How much time does the program take?
The program requires 3 8-hour formal days of class per week for 10 weeks. There is also 5-10 hours of individual homework per week. To be clear, this course is a commitment. At the end, you will have a well thought through business plan with a clear roadmap for implementation, but it takes significant time and work on your part.
How many people are in a class?
We typically have 14 people in a class. The support and connection that evolve between participants (of all backgrounds and ideas) is another significant benefit of the program. These relationships endure, providing support and advisors for each other long after the program ends.
What is the main reason I should participate in this program?
If you are motivated to have your own business, think of this program as the Boot Camp or Spring Training to get yourself in shape for entrepreneurship. You will learn the entrepreneurial frameworks to turn an idea into a successful business. You will meet and learn from experts in key areas where you may need support. You will build an internal support group of other entrepreneurs who will join you on your journey. Lastly, think of this program as giving yourself the permission to do the planning before you jump into action. Sometimes starting more thoughtfully allows you to speed forward later from a much stronger foundation.
Can I participate in just part of the program?
We feel it is very important for people to commit to the 3 day a week/10 week format. It's important for a participant to be in the mindset of being a part of an intense program in order to build out their idea. As we build the Start Up Intensive for the future, we will look into creating shorter, more specific modules.
Can other team members of my organization also attend?
Additional team members can attend. We will work with you on an individual basis to understand what works best for your organization and for the program.
Cost of the program?
The cost of the program is $5000. This includes 10 weeks of classes (3 days a week) and 10 hours of individual consulting time with a host of experts after the classroom time ends. Various payment plans are available.
Is financial assistance available?
Central Wyoming College has financial assistance available for the Start Up Intensive! Certain restrictions may apply.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has funding available for Wyoming residents. If you are a Wyoming resident, you may be eligible for up to $2000 toward the cost of the class. Certain conditions and restrictions apply. If you are interested in applying for training funds please contact us as soon as possible for specific instructions on how to apply. Now accepting applications.
Can I get college credit for this course?
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive 18 college credits in Entrepreneurship from Central Wyoming College.
I don’t live anywhere near Jackson, WY. Can I still take this course?
Yes! The course is open to anyone from anywhere and diversity will only make the class more interesting. The class will be held in Jackson’s “off-season” which means it’s an easy time to find short-term affordable lodging and dining in Jackson.
Will there be any other incentives in the program?
Yes. At the end of the program, any qualified growth capital ideas seeking capital will be welcome to present in front of the Silicon Couloir Angel/Mentor group, a local angel group in Jackson, WY. Furthermore, qualified plans will be eligible to apply for a presenting spot at the Silicon Couloir annual Pitch Day, held in Jackson every summer.