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Accelerate: Business Plan Intensive

Accelerate: Business Plan Intensive

A low-cost course for women entrepreneurs with either a well-vetted business idea or a recently launched new business. Over 8 hands-on sessions, you’ll create a working business plan which can be used for loan applications, finding business partners, and more. This program will help you:

Refine your business concept

Forecast your future financials

Create a plan for operations, hiring, marketing, sales, and more

Application for the Spring 2024 Cohort is closed.

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Who It's For

This course is a good fit if you can say “yes” to all of the following:

I have a well-vetted business idea, or a recently-launched business

I’m serious about entrepreneurship and ready to write my business plan

I have at least 5 hours per week to dedicate to the program

I can commit to attending all sessions and writing every week

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Funding is provided in part by a grant from Empire State Development.

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Course features

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Hands-on classes

Instructor-led sessions are structured around discussion & application

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Complete business plan

Walk away with a workable business plan

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Access to LivePlan

90-day, no-cost access to this powerful business plan authoring tool

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Detailed feedback

Feedback and suggestions on your plan from our expert business coaches

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Hybrid environment

Meet in-person or via Zoom. Schedule 1:1s whenever you need them.

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What you'll learn

Understand each piece of the business plan

Learn from real-world examples and get feedback on how each concept applies to your specific business.

Develop actionable strategies

Create plans for sales and marketing, making key hires, business operations, and more, and know how they impact your bottom line.

Use forecasts to make business decisions

Use financial forecasts to understand the impacts of different approaches and see which path will be most profitable

Create a working business plan

Walk away with a working business plan, a living document that will guide your business towards financial success


  Session 1: Introductions, business description

  Session 2: Target market, competition

  Session 3: Operations, company overview

  Session 4: Pricing, marketing, and sales

  Session 5: Financial forecasting

  Session 6: Financing, benchmarking, and metrics

  Session 7: Executive summary and the pitch

  Session 8: Pitches & presentations

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What people say about it


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"I now have the confidence that I need to complete an award-winning business plan. It’s still a lot of work, but I’m no longer intimidated by that process. This class has taught me how to obtain the necessary information to “ fill in the blanks”.

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"The Accelerate Program is much more than I expected. In addition to my completed business plan, I've had the opportunity to journey with a business counselor, meet other women entrepreneurs, and learn from other professionals. I am inspired to utilize my new business plan and discover what is ahead for my program and for myself."