MAxT Makerspace in Peterborough is launching a business accelerator program for the Monadnock Region, called Ready MAKE Go! The program, sponsored by SoClean, aims to provide product startups with education, mentoring and networking opportunities during an intensive 12-month program that will start in June.
Designed to address the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the Monadnock Region, it will connect new and growing companies with a robust set of resources, one-on-one mentorship, networking, and award-winning coaching. Designed for pre-revenue start-up businesses with an existing product, the program is focused on implementing best practices, strengthening the fundamentals of the company’s business plan, and sharpening marketing strategies.
Companies interested in the program can apply at http://www.maxtmakerspace.org/readymakego. Applications are due by midnight on May 20th. The program’s team of advisors will then select four businesses to participate in the first group to enter the program. As part of the program, businesses receive free 24/7 access to MAxT Makerspace with a personal workspace; a $500 stipend for business start-up expenses; one-on-one mentoring and free participation in a series of keynote lectures from a team of local subject matter experts; and coaching on developing and delivering effective pitches.
“We are excited to be able to offer the type of program that can jumpstart innovation and entrepreneurship here in our community,” says Roy Schlieben, Executive Director at MAxT, “We believe we have a ton of talent in our area and are providing the resources and environment they’ve been looking for to go after their dreams.”
The program is the result of a partnership between a number of organizations. The Center for Women and Enterprise is providing educational workshops during the program. The program’s Lead Sponsor, SoClean, and Gold Level Sponsor, AirTank, are providing one-on-one mentoring and keynote talks on key issues faced by the participating entrepreneurs.
“As an innovative brand committed to improving people’s lives, we are very excited to be sponsors of ‘Ready Make Go,’” says Bob Wilkins, CEO of SoClean. “We anticipate seeing a great deal of creative, new product ideas by inventors in the region. The SoClean team is ready to offer our expertise and experience bringing products to market and we look forward to meeting and being inspired by future entrepreneurs who participate in and use the resources that ReadyMAKEGo! offers.”