Welcome to our new Aviatra Accelerators Blog! As President/CEO of the organization, I am thrilled that you have joined us on our journey to empower female entrepreneurs to rise to their highest heights!
As a former corporate executive, active community volunteer, founder of a startup myself, a wife & mom of 3 kids, I can totally relate to what our female founders are encountering along the sometimes rocky, always rewarding, road to entrepreneurial success. While the corporate world was exciting, challenging, invigorating, the world of a startup is that and so much more! Gone is the secure paycheck, the somewhat regulated hours, and the corporate history to build upon. Here to stay is uncertainty, a possibly long-while before you give yourself a paycheck, 24/7 on-call/on your mind hours, and no brand, no history until you build it yourself. But, the highs are way higher than a corporate job and conversely, the lows can be pretty frightening.
We are so excited to welcome two new cohorts, from both Cincinnati/NKY and Northeast Ohio, to the Aviatra Family. EXPLORE & LAUNCH are kicking off this month with a terrific group of budding and seasoned entrepreneurs. What they all have in common is PASSION for their business concept and a hunger to learn. We look forward to joining them on their journey and supporting them every step of the way.
At Aviatra, we know exactly how you feel and what you need to achieve the success you know is waiting for you at the end of that very long tunnel. We are here to partner with our entrepreneurs to alleviate some of the “I am all alone” feelings. We are invested in the personal and professional success of everyone who comes through our doors, no matter at what stage of the business cycle they may be.
Another of my favorite things about this job is that I have the opportunity to partner with so many amazing and generous volunteers, from board members to facilitators/coaches/mentors, to sponsors, to the wonderful universities surrounding us in both of our markets. I encourage all of you to jump in with both feet!
Every step of the way as we support #WomenOnTheRise we have a blast – and we look forward to you celebrating with us along the way!