West Side Business Xcelerator
The West Side Business Xcelerator (WSBX) is designed to support high growth potential businesses. Funded in part by the City of Chicago Neighborhood Business Development Center, this program is designed to provide more customized support than what businesses receive through the Business Start-Up Training Program.
Specifically designed for owners or management teams with a vision for growing the company significantly, as well as background and experience in managing growth, each participating company will go through three weeks of assessments and five weeks of developing a growth plan around a specific market opportunity. Each business owner will be partnered with a team of advisors have the potential to receive gap loans to help them get over a hurdle and qualify for larger traditionally funded loans.
Application Cycle for Fall 2019 Session is Now Open!
Fall 2019 Xcelerator begins Oct. 3rd, 2019
To participate in WSBX, applicants must meet a specific set of criteria. The criteria outlined below is the starting point for screening, but Bethel reserves the right to adjust these criteria as we determine the demand and capacity of participants to meet these criteria. Eligibility criteria for WSBX is as follows:
BUSINESS CASE PRESENTATION
Applicants are required to present their business in 5-7 minute presentation for our Make Your Case panels. During the presentation you will be expected to present yourself and your business, performance history, market for growth opportunities and explain how your participation in the WSBX will help your business reach that next level.
WHAT TO EXPECT IF ACCEPTED
HOW TO APPLY
Please note applications are accepted by referral or recommendation only.
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