LAUNCH is for female business owners who already operate a viable, well-vetted business with an established revenue stream and customer base. Entrepreneurs participating in the LAUNCH class are eligible to compete for capital to take their businesses to the next level. At the end of the LAUNCH stage, Aviatra will award up to $25,000 in low-interest loans to one or more of these businesses.
The LAUNCH class provides businesses with a three-year financial projection workbook and business plan format validated by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Each entrepreneur is assigned an individual mentor and provided with introductions to vetted service providers.
Starts: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Day & Time: Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Small Business Development Center- Cleveland Heights on the second floor (2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118)
At the end of the class, all participants will present their business plans and funding needs to the Aviatra Loan Selection Committee in a live open to the public Pitch Night on November 8th, 2017.
Cost: $500 per person / $250 for additional business partners
Week 1: Core Values, Pitch, & Business Plan
Week 2: Managing Cashflow & Owning Your Numbers
Week 3: Human Capital & Talent
Week 4: Advanced Media & Marketing Mix
Week 5: Social Media Strategy
Week 6: Sales Strategies
Week 7: Managing Finances & Software
Week 8: Legal & Funding
Week 9: Live Open to the Public Pitches “Flight Night”
I tell anyone daydreaming of starting a business to apply to Bad Girl Ventures (Aviatra). This program helped me turn an idea into a plan. I believe that much of the success we experienced with Harness Cycle Hingetown upon opening was a result of the thoughtful planning that BGV guided me through. Nearly four years later we are thriving and about to open our second cycling studio + activewear boutique in Downtown Cleveland on East 6th & Euclid. —Anne Hartnett, Aviatra Graduate, Spring 2012
The deadline to apply for Aviatra’s Fall 2017 LAUNCH class is Aug. 28, 2017. Accepted businesses will be notified September 6th, 2017.
Fill out the application form below and we will contact you to set up an in-person interview. No payment is required to apply.