Launch Your Business Bootcamp

Locations Duration Next Application
Deadline
Boston
Chicago
Oakland
8 months 12/09/2022
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Overview

Our Launch Your Business Bootcamp is an 8-month entrepreneurship certificate program that supports creative and social entrepreneurs at the idea stage in starting your business and laying the foundation for your business to thrive.

What You Will Learn

Through the Launch Your Business Bootcamp, you will gain the education, tools, and resources to:

  • Clarify your business idea and market;
  • Test and get feedback on your business concept;
  • Create a go-to-market plan;
  • Define your business model and social impact; and
  • Develop your growth strategy

Below are the courses included in Launch Your Business Bootcamp.

Launch Your Business Bootcamp

Learn more about the courses you will take in our Launch Your Business Bootcamp.

QUARTER 1
Start Your Business

QUARTER 2
Lay the Foundation for Growth

Services Track: For entrepreneurs who are developing businesses in a personal or professional services industry or as an independent artist.

Products Track: For entrepreneurs who are developing businesses that produce and sell physical products.

Commit to Building Your Business

Average time commitment for our Launch Your Business Bootcamp course work is 8-10 hours / week dedicated to building your business, and includes the following weekly activities:

Title

Weekly Activity Weekly Commitment
Background Materials
  • Series of required background readings and videos on each unit to be completed online prior to the weekly workshop sessions
  • Describes concepts and their applications in developing a business

1-2 hours / week

Workshops
  • Weekly virtual workshop sessions led by an expert instructor
  • Lecture and discussion on background materials, group activities, and reflection

3 hours / week

Business Development Activities
  • Weekly activities focused on your business development
  • Apply concepts learned in background materials and workshops

2-3 hours / week

Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly video conference meeting with small peer group of other entrepreneurs in your cohort
  • Present weekly business development activities and receive constructive feedback from peers

1 hour / week

One-on-One Mentoring
  • Weekly video conference meeting with your mentor
  • Discuss business progress, review weekly business development activity, and connect with resources to meet business needs

30 minutes / week

Entrepreneur Assessment

Building a business is a process of continuous improvement. As business owners, you will receive feedback from customers, employees, and partners on regular basis through informal conversations and more formal surveys and other tools. And, you will use that feedback to refine your business strategy.

Through the Launch Your Business Bootcamp, we also provide you with regular feedback to start and grow your business. You will receive informal feedback from mentors and peers on your weekly business development activities. In addition, you will receive more formal feedback through progress reports designed to provide you with documented feedback on your business and personal development and next steps for your business at regular intervals throughout the bootcamp.

Completion Requirements

In order to complete the Launch Your Business Bootcamp and receive a Certificate of Completion, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Comply with the attendance policy;
  • Submit all required activities for completion of each course in the program; and
  • Meet all financial obligations to Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative.

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each entrepreneur who has successfully completed the program within thirty (30) days of the end of the program.

Who is Eligible?

We select up to 8 businesses per location to participate in the Launch Your Business Bootcamp in each enrollment period.

Selection Criteria

  • Have an idea for a creative or social enterprise
  • Have knowledge of the field in which you are starting a business
  • Have a willingness to commit to a process to understand the customer need for your business concept, testing your solution, and using feedback to develop a basic growth strategy
  • Current resident of the Boston, Chicago, or Oakland / East Bay Metro Areas
  • At least 18 years or older as of the application deadline or if under 18, have legal guardian consent
  • At least intermediate level English language skills
  • Able to commit up to 10 hours per week to building your business

Admissions Process

To be considered for the Launch Your Business Bootcamp, you must apply online. After each application deadline, our local Program Directors will review all applications for the Launch Your Business Bootcamp and select the top applicants for interviews.

Based on interviews, our Program Directors will select up to 8 businesses per location to participate in the Launch Your Business Bootcamp. We will notify all applicants of our selection decisions at least one week prior to the start date of each enrollment period.

Join Launch Your Business Bootcamp

Our Launch Your Business Bootcamp is offered during the following times.

Chicago

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Winter 2023 February 2023 - October 2023 December 9, 2022
Spring / Summer 2023 June 2023 - February 2024 April 14, 2023
Fall 2023 September 2023 - May 2024 July 28, 2023

Boston

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Winter 2023 February 2023 - October 2023 December 9, 2022
Spring / Summer 2023 June 2023 - February 2024 April 14, 2023
Fall 2023 September 2023 - May 2024 July 28, 2023

Oakland

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Winter 2023 February 2023 - October 2023 December 9, 2022
Spring / Summer 2023 June 2023 - February 2024 April 14, 2023
Fall 2023 September 2023 - May 2024 July 28, 2023

How Much It Costs

The cost of the Launch Your Business Bootcamp is $5,050 which consists of a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee and program fees of $5,000.

Given the current economic circumstances, we are providing entrepreneurs with a subsidized cost on the program fee, which will be determined based on household income, as well as a payment plan over the 8-month enrollment period. Below are the monthly program fees based on household income levels.

 

< $35,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME$35,000 – $50,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME$50,000 – $100,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME > $100,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Monthly Program Fee$25.00 / month$50.00 / month$200.00 / month$400.00 / month

Below are the total program fees for the Launch Your Business Bootcamp over the 8-month enrollment period based on household income levels.

< $35,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME$35,000 – $50,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME$50,000 – $100,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME> $100,000 HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Registration Fee$50.00$50.00$50.00$50.00
Program Fees$200.00$400.00$1,600.00$3,200.00
Total Fees$250.00$450.00$1,650.00$3,250.00

In addition as a business owner, you will need to invest in the basic costs of starting and growing your business. You should be prepared to pay these basic costs of doing business on your own. These costs are estimated at:

  • $250-$500 one-time setup costs for purchasing your website domain and business licenses
  • $100-$200 per month for subscriptions to maintain your website, file management system, office technology, and phone / video conferencing

FAQs

Do I have to be a resident in one of those metropolitan areas (Boston, Chicago, or Oakland / East Bay metropolitan areas) to apply?

We are committed to supporting the local economies where we run our programs. As such, you must be a resident in a metropolitan area where we have a location, either Boston, Chicago, or Oakland / East Bay metropolitan areas.

What is the value of the Launch Your Business Bootcamp?

The full value of our Launch Your Business Bootcamp is $5,000. Given the current economic situation, we are subsidizing the majority of the cost of the Launch Your Business Bootcamp for all entrepreneurs of color. By completing the Launch Your Business Bootcamp, you will have the knowledge, tools, and network necessary to start your creative or social enterprise.

What kind of businesses are you looking for?

We encourage those who are passionate about creating sustainable impact in their community to apply. Some of the entrepreneurs we have worked with in the past include, but are not limited to, those in arts and culture, health and wellness, food and beverage, retail and eCommerce, manufacturing, and services industries.

What kind of positive social, environmental, and economic impact are you looking for?

We are looking for entrepreneurs who believe in advancing principles, processes, and practices that build economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. This includes business concepts that provide for cultural expression, create good jobs, advance worker ownership and democracy, utilize sustainable production methods, shift to zero waste, among other practices.

What happens after I complete the Launch Your Business Bootcamp?

As a Launch Your Business Bootcamp graduate, you may be eligible to apply for and receive admission into our Entrepreneur Academy. Our Entrepreneur Academy is a 16-month entrepreneurship certificate program that supports creative and social entrepreneurs in developing plans, improving operations, accessing capital, and strengthening leadership capabilities to build thriving, resilient businesses.

Are Launch Your Business Bootcamp entrepreneurs eligible to become member-owners of Uptima?

All Uptima entrepreneurs who complete a certain level of our programs and are in good standing on their program fees are eligible to become member-owners of Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative. Entrepreneurs who are interested in becoming member-owners will need to go through the membership process.

What does it mean to be a member-owner of Uptima?

Becoming a member of Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative means you become a part of a cooperative community that invests in each other, shares in our profits, and has a say in how we are run.

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