Englewood Accelerator Business Accelerator-

Services and programs are designed to increase a client’s likelihood of successful development and growth beyond what the client company could achieve on its own. Offering value-added services is key to the accelerator’s ability to successfully spinout graduates into the community and generate jobs and wealth Chicago.

Business Accelerator offerings include:

Facility-based Wrap Around Services
Connectors and Advisors – ask Greater Englewood CDC (GECDC) staff for more details.

Englewood Accelerator- Accelerator and GECDC Regional Resource Center

The overarching goal of the GECDC is to stimulate economic growth in the Englewood and surrounding South Side. In addition to the incubator function, Englewood Accelerator will also be a Regional Business Resource Center that assists not only the companies being incubated, but also provides services and resources for entrepreneurs on the South Side. Call us to schedule a FREE one-on-one business consultation and check out our Calendar of Events for educational workshops.

Englewood Accelerator fosters business growth and economic vitality for entrepreneurs and innovative early stage companies, by providing access to technology, business and technical training, high quality resources while leveraging a strong network of community partners.

Our Accelerator program offers low cost, scalable office space in a collaborative environment.

Our Resource Center and scalable membership level can assist entrepreneurs with:

  • Attaining an online presence by acquiring a custom domain name and web site
  • Access to work shops and online classes covering MicroSoft Applications, Google Applications, Social Media and Mobile Devices
  • Updates on City, County and State licensing, grants and certifications
  • Business Plan and Financial guidance
  • Developing marketing content and product development
  • Access to a wide range of weekly Educational workshops & Seminars
  • Virtual Board of Directors
  • Collaborating with other businesses
  • Connecting with advisors and other startups, and much more!

Objective:

Englewood Accelerator’s objective is to assist and serve as a regional hub for start-up companies on the South Side of Chicago. The incubator and resource center will connect people and ideas with knowledge and resources to promote economic growth in Englewood in surrounding areas.

Englewood Accelerator will host a job training series to serve as technology training by hosting Cisco and Microsoft certification programs . In doing so, individuals and start-up companies will be poised to expand their skills to increase their employment opportunities and create local jobs.   Ideal candidates will be focused on High Technology products/services:

  • Provide, and host classes and workshops each year, with a curriculum that is accessible to startups, youth, veterans, and individuals at any stage of the entrepreneurial journey.
  • Hands-on tech classes to develop your product or service, which includes developing a website, secure a domain name, leverage social media, develop a logo/brand
  • Access to highly-talented people with a variety of skills, that include writing a business plan, social media planning and development to accessing capital
  • Provide, and host classes and workshops each year, with a curriculum that is accessible to startups, youth, veterans, and individuals at any stage of the entrepreneurial journey.
  • Hands-on tech classes to develop your product or service, which includes developing a website, secure a domain name, leverage social media, develop a logo/brand
  • Access to highly-talented people with a variety of skills, that include writing a business plan, social media planning and development to accessing capital

Business Acceleration

Providing early-stage startups and freelancers with coworking space, tools to build their venture, and support for their business – as a member, we will provide an exclusive E.L.I.T.E. (Entrepreneur, Leadership, Intelligence, Technology, and Empowerment) monthly series with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods.
Each month we bring in an industry thought leader to break down emerging technologies and trends in a hands on workshop or 1-on-1 office hour meetings.

Engaging Events

  • Lecture, classes, seminar, or meetups – We regularly host a wide variety of events
  • Inquire about hosting an event in our open space or, for smaller events, renting our classrooms and conference rooms.(Premium Members)
  • Technical support (full AV & sound system)
  • Capacity up to 125 people

Co-Learn

We are a creativity-fostering space to empower today’s entrepreneurs. Participate in curated programming alongside business acceleration services, workshops, and work with member-run companies.

Benefits

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Premium

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Small Business School Check_mark Check_mark
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One: One Business Assistance Check_mark Check_mark
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Retail Supplier and New Vendor Training Check_mark Check_mark
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Wrap Around Business Services (Tax, Accounting, Legal and Insurance) Check_mark
Private Office Space with personal Storage Check_mark
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