Technical Assistance Programs

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The Small Business Channel

Resource: The Small Business Channel
Hosted by: The Water Council
To learn more contact: http://thewatercouncil.com/programs/small-business-channel/

The Small Business Channel promotes the growth and development of small businesses operating in the water-technology sector—first in the Midwest and then across the United States. Links to critical resources, such as capital, networks, trained workers, supply chains, and technical assistance, are readily available through the channel.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Milwaukee, WI (targeting businesses in the Midwest)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Aqua Technology
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: No

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The Refinery Accelerator

Resource: The Refinery Accelerator
Hosted by: The Refinery
To learn more contact: http://therefineryct.com/accelerator-program/

The Refinery accelerator is a 12-week program that helps women-led and diverse teams develop leadership skills to compete effectively and succeed. The Refinery leverages intellectual and financial capital in structured one-on-one mentoring to address company needs.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Finance, Networks
Location(s): Westport, CT
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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The Points of Light Civic Accelerator

Resource: The Points of Light Civic Accelerator
Hosted by: Points of Light
To learn more contact: http://www.pointsoflight.org/civic-incubator/civic-accelerator

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator program and investment fund is focused on “civic ventures”—for-profit and nonprofit start-ups that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The 3-month, boot camp–style program convenes 10 to 15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each start-up to seek investments and scale their social innovation.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks, Finance
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: Operating less than 5 years
Industry Focus: Social Entrepreneurship
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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The Ozarks Regional Innovation Cluster

Resource: The Ozarks Regional Innovation Cluster
Hosted by: StartUp Junkie Consulting
To learn more contact: http://www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

The Ozarks Regional Innovation Cluster (ORIC) supports start-ups and small businesses that are innovating around and within retail, consumer packaged goods, supply chain/transportation/logistics, food, and data. ORIC provides one-to-one mentoring, sponsors events and workshops, and facilitates capital access through close relationships with lenders and venture capitalists.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Fayetteville, AR (targeting businesses in Northwest Arkansas, Northeast Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Retail, Trade, Transportation
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: No

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The Dolphin Tank

Resource: The Dolphin Tank
Hosted by: Springboard Enterprises
To learn more contact: https://sb.co/dolphintank/

Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank® programs are “helpful feedback-driven” pitch sessions designed to provide entrepreneurs with actionable insights from knowledgeable people. The Dolphin Tank isn’t about Sharks or Dragons or a competition for the best idea, it’s about channeling the expertise of the people in the room to provide connections and advice to help entrepreneurs take the next step.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Technology
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: Yes

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The Committee of 200 Protégé Program

Resource: The Committee of 200 Protégé Program
Hosted by: The Committee of 200
To learn more contact: https://www.c200.org/C200/Our_Foundation/Protege_Program/C200/Our_Foundation/Protege_Program.aspx

The Protégé Program focuses on high-potential, women entrepreneurs (nominated and screened by C200 members) with revenues in the $5 million to $15 million range. Each protégé is matched with one C200 member who serves as a mentor/adviser for 24 months. Four of the required 27 meetings are in person. In addition, protégés participate in educational sessions led by C200 members and select outside consultants.

Primary Assistance: Networks, Technical Assistance
Location(s): Chicago, IL
Primary Requirements: Revenues in the $5 million to $15 million range
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: No

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Techstars Accelerator

Resource: Techstars Accelerator
Hosted by: Techstars Foundation
To learn more contact: http://www.techstars.com/

Techstars is a 3-month mentorship-driven start-up accelerator that helps entrepreneurs raise start-up funding and gain critical insight to help launch your business. The program offers office space, capital funding, and access to Techstars’ network of more than 5,000 alumni and mentors globally.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Finance, Networks
Location(s): TX, NY, MA, CO, IL, WA, MO, CA, GA
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Software, Web-based Technology
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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TechRICH

Resource: TechRICH
Hosted by: Women’s Business Center of North Alabama
To learn more contact: http://www.wbcna.org/services/techrich

The Technology Regional Innovation Cluster Huntsville (TechRICH) is a regional hub that offers technical assistance services, including business training, business counseling, mentoring, technology transfer counseling, export readiness, and more.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Huntsville, AL (targeting businesses in the state of Alabama)
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Aerospace, Defense, Cybersecurity, Energy
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: No

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TECenter Accelerator

Resource: TECenter Accelerator
Hosted by: TECenter
To learn more contact: http://tecaccelerator.com/

TECenter is a business & technology accelerator associated with Boise State University and the Idaho Small Business Development Center. TECenter provides entrepreneurs with technical assistance, coworking space, and access to other valuable tools and resources.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Nampa, ID
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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Startup Accelerator

Resource: Startup Accelerator
Hosted by: XLerateHealth
To learn more contact: http://www.xleratehealth.com/accelerator/

XLerateHealth offers an intensive 13-week training course that connects your start-up to world-class mentors and leading health and wellness companies in the United States. The program is a combination of classroom time, one-on-one sessions with mentors, and focused customer discovery. Participants will have continued exposure to potential customers, partners, and thought leaders.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks, Finance
Location(s): Louisville, KY
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Healthcare Services
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes