Deadline extended to March 15 for Accelerator Fund Competition and Entrepreneur of the Year Award

By Diane VanDyke

To give aspiring and new entrepreneurs additional time to apply for Montgomery County Community College’s Karen A. Stout Start-Up Accelerator Fund competition, the deadline is being extended to March 15.

Selected entrepreneurs will be awarded between $1,000 and $25,000 to help launch or grow their business ventures. Recipients will work with the College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Services and are eligible for inclusion in the College’s Entrepreneurship Academy, co-sponsored by Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship, to assist to further develop and finalize their business plans, set key milestones and deliverables and monitor progress and outcomes.

To apply, interested entrepreneurs should complete the applications and submit their proposed business plans. Selected applicants will be invited to the College in April 2018 to pitch their business concepts to a review team.  

Now in its third year, the Accelerator Fund provides fledging businesses with much-needed capital to help take them to the next level in their business development. The Montgomery County Community College Foundation and the College’s Division of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives oversee the Accelerator Fund.

The College also announced the criteria and deadlines for its inaugural Montgomery County Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which is open for any entrepreneur who has had a positive impact on Montgomery County.