As our community collectively works to halt the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to run our upcoming pre-accelerators virtually. If you can’t work in your business, we want to help you work on your business. If there is enough interest, we will add additional cohorts to launch in April.

Early Risers Academy

Our FREE 10-week pre-accelerator program will take your business from idea to launch


The General Cohort

Early Risers Academy is designed for aspiring founders in any industry. We’re particularly excited to work with more women and minority founders.

Participants will complete Kauffman FastTrac coursework from the nationally-renowned Kauffman Foundation, receive pitch coaching and hands-on mentoring, weekly discussions with successful entrepreneurs and experts, & access to Dayton’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. One founder in each cohort will win $1K.

These workshops can also be valuable for founders early in their small business journey, or who jumped right into their business without formally developing the plans behind it and are now discovering they need some of that paperwork in place to grow.

In 2020, general cohort dates will run:

  • Jan. 14 – March 17, 2020
  • April 7 – June 9
  • June 30 – Sept. 1
  • Sept. 30 – Dec. 2

The Tech Cohort

The tech cohort is for entrepreneurs, start-ups or researchers working to bring an innovative physical product into the market.

The Kauffman FastTrac curriculum will be enhanced to support technology product-specific acceleration. Weekly assignments will be specific to each founder’s technology ensuring both education and technology advancement occur simultaneously.

Founders will have also access to one-on-one Skype sessions to receive technical, operational or manufacturing guidance. Students will be utilized to conduct technology research, complete digital designs or otherwise assist the one-on-one session outcomes as appropriate.

In 2020, tech cohort dates will run:

  • April 8 – June 10
  • Oct. 6 – Dec. 8
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