ready to focus on your side hustle?
The PioneerBaltimore program is an initiative of the ETC (Emerging Technology Centers), Baltimore’s award-winning incubator.
This program is designed to take your early-stage business idea to the next step. Whether that is developing a business plan or working on a prototype, the ETC wants to help future entrepreneurs find the time to put these thoughts into action. The program is developed with the working professional in mind. The cohort will meet once a week after work hours. Focus on your idea for the next 10 weeks, and you could be ready to apply to the ETC's Incubate Baltimore program for guided mentorship to take your business to the next step.
Pioneer Baltimore utilizes a curriculum created by The Daraja Collective. This 10-week program focuses on customer discovery, idea validation, and relationship building.
Are you a pioneer?
Apply to this program if:
You have an idea that is keeping you up at night
You're open to receiving feedback on your idea
Your solution will use technology (web, app, device) in some way
You want to meet and support other people at a similar stage in the process
what does the program look like?
During this program:
You will meet once a week from 6 pm-9 pm at the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC).
The program will be lead by a trained facilitator.
You will be paired with a mentor that will offer advice and guidance.
You will hear from a variety of community business leaders.
what's in this for you?
This program will benefit you by:
Helping you develop a clear vision for your business idea
Connecting you to entrepreneurs, mentors, & resources in Baltimore
Providing new resources each week that can be useful tools and points of reference.
This 10-week program will bring guest speakers to the table each week to help you understand and grow the following areas of your business:
Week 1. Program Launch: Tuesday, September 10th
Week 2. Self-Assessment and Ideation: Tuesday, September 17th
Week 3. Market Research and Competitive Analysis: Tuesday, September 24th
Week 4. Value Proposition and Customer Segments: Tuesday, October 1st
Week 5. Customer Discovery and Networking: Tuesday, October 15th
Week 6. Branding and Marketing/Customer Relations: Tuesday, October 22nd
Week 7. Startup Operations: Tuesday, October 29th
Week 8. Cash Flow and Company Financials: Tuesday, November 5th
Week 9. Startup Funding and Public Speaking: Tuesday, November 12th
Week 10. Celebration Night: Tuesday, November 19th
We want pioneers to get the most out of the 10-week program. This means that there might be additional questions that need answers and are not covered during the weekly sessions. Sometimes it's nice to connect with someone who has been in your shoes. Each company selected to the Pioneer Program will be matched with a current or graduate ETC company founder or entrepreneur-in-residence to guide pioneers through their entrepreneurial journey.
PROGRAM DATES AND DETAILS
Applications open on a rolling basis
AUGUST 11, 2019 - deadline to apply to fall 2019 cohort
August 22-23, 2019 - In-person interviews
August 26 - cohort announced
SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 - Program starts
NOVEMBER 12, 2019 - program ends
NOVEMBER 19, 2019 - Celebration night
Program will require an application to be considered
The ETC will select 15 participants
There is no fee to apply or participate
The program will be hosted at the Small Business Resource Center and take place on Tuesday evenings
The ETC is a non-profit venture of the Baltimore Development Corporation and the City of Baltimore's technology and innovation center. The ETC is what you need it to be, and more. Offering 3 additional programs to the entrepreneurial community- Accelerate Baltimore, Beehive Baltimore and Incubate Baltimore- the ETC is home to nearly 100 innovative companies. Since the late 1990's ETC current and graduate companies have raised over $2 billion in funding and created over 2,300 jobs in Baltimore. Find out how you can join our community today by visiting our website.