The SF LGBT Center New Entrepreneur Training Program is an eight-week training program where five to seven new entrepreneurs from different businesses (pre-existing or not) will work as a cohort in a mutually supportive environment to develop their respective businesses from the ground up. The program is currently open to individuals and businesses in San Francisco only.
Hatch, our corporate partner for the New Entrepreneur Training Program, will be providing a $5000 grant to one of these small businesses in each cohort. Hatch is a local Fintech company offering low-cost business checking accounts.
The program will cover all aspects of creating and running a new business, which includes marketing, business finance, entity formation, strategic planning, organizational planning, and operational planning. The program will also invite industry experts to act as guest speakers during classes.
The eight-week program will be broken down into three-hour-long lectures and in-class exercises led by the small business consultant at the LGBT Center once a week with occasional guest speakers and weekly assignments for the entrepreneurs to complete outside of class.
At the end of the program, the entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of judges, which will include lawyers, serial entrepreneurs, business consultants, and potential investors/lenders, and a winner will be chosen based on select criteria to receive the $5000 grant offered by Hatch.
We accept applications year-round on a rolling basis and a new cohort starts around every nine weeks.
Questions? Contact Small Business consultant Eddie Tang at SBConsultant@sfcenter.org.