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|Enterprise Center at Plymouth Launches Business Accelerator Program|
|Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:30 am|
The Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), a regional business incubator in Plymouth, will be launching a new eight-week business accelerator program called APEX Accelerator in March. The accelerator program will focus on helping NH entrepreneurs and small businesses owners to accelerate their businesses’ growth through weekly educational sessions, direct mentorship from experienced industry professionals and networking opportunities. The program will culminate in May with a Demo Day, providing each participant the opportunity to present their business idea to a panel of judges with a chance to win a cash prize. Applications are currently available on a rolling basis until Feb. 13 or until all spots are filled.
Businesses participating in the APEX Accelerator Program will be provided with six weeks of structured educational sessions, which will take place every Monday from 8 a.m. to noon. Each participant will also have access to one-on-one mentoring and advisory sessions throughout the entire program and the opportunity to work out of the ECP. The weekly educational sessions will cover a variety of topics including strategic marketing, management skills and financing. Eric Speith, ECP executive director, will manage program content that will include guest speakers and facilitators from industry professionals.
Asked about the greatest value to participants, Spieth says, "Business accelerators are the fastest, most efficient pathway in taking an idea from concept to launch. We are excited to provide the opportunity for accelerated growth to not only start ups, but existing businesses as well. I am a huge proponent of the process, the value of the experience comes with the collaboration among participants and the 'Doing,' rather than just the thinking or dreaming of doing, which leads to deliberate and rapid growth with higher success rates."
Following the completion of the program, participants will present their updated business plans and ideas to a panel of judges and compete for a cash prize. “We are excited to partner with Plymouth State University to develop the first accelerator program in Central New Hampshire," says Chris Wellington, CEO of the Grafton Regional Development Corporation. “The APEX Accelerator is one of the many new programs and services we are looking to bring to the ECP over the next year to help support entrepreneurship and promote job creation throughout the region”.
The APEX Accelerator program is supported by the NH Business & Finance Authority, Live Free & Start, Plymouth State University and Grafton RDC.
“Live Free and Start is proud to support the Enterprise Center at Plymouth's efforts to establish a new business accelerator program in Central New Hampshire. We’re excited that the APEX Accelerator will bring new educational resources and mentors together to support the region’s growing business community,” says Liz Gray, director of entrepreneurship for the Live Free and Start initiative.
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