Launch or Grow Your Business with Montgomery County Community College!

Deadline Extension: March 15, 2019

Aspiring entrepreneurs can compete for cash awards to launch or grow their business ventures through The Karen A. Stout Start-Up Accelerator Fund, named in honor of President Emerita Karen A. Stout.

Entrepreneurs must submit their business plans by March 15, 2019. Selected applicants will then be invited to the College in April 2019 to pitch their business concepts to a review team. Select entrepreneurs will be awarded between $1,000 and $25,000 to help launch or grow their business ventures.

Military veterans, participants from the College's Women-Owned Business Network and Certificate in Entrepreneurship program, and student, female and minority entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply.

Ventures submitted for funding consideration should be located in, or have the ability to, impact Montgomery County or the surrounding Philadelphia region. Submitted plans should address the following elements and be structured around and in order of the following headings/areas:

  1. Market Feasibility
    Clearly articulate a sustainable market for the product or service (e.g., existing market demand, customer segments, future market projections, etc.).
  2. Competition
    Defined competitive position and discernable competitive advantage.
  3. Value Proposition
    Clearly articulated value is to customers and why they will pay the designated price for the product(s)/services(s).
  4. Financial Feasibility
    Clearly articulated why the venture is financially viable (e.g., short- and long-term finances, revenues and costs, margin and profitability, etc.).
  5. Ability to Execute
    Strength of management team demonstrating the proper skills and experience to execute the venture's strategy.
  6. Launch/Status
    The fund is looking for seed/early stage companies with the ability to launch within one year.
  7. Potential Impact
    Degree and likelihood of significant economic impact to Montgomery County and the region over the short and long term?
  8. Affinity Category 
    The fund supports the success of military veteran-, minority-, women-, and alumni-owned businesses and proposals submitted by companies with 50% or greater ownership held by a person or persons in one or more of these categories will be given special consideration.

Please use the form below to submit your business plan for consideration – please include all required fields, and note that your business plan must be submitted in PDF format.

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