Early-stage Businesses Invited to Apply for IGNITE Community Accelerator

February 8, 2017 -- Early-stage and startup businesses are invited to apply for CNM’s IGNITE Community Accelerator through March 3. The Accelerator, which will begin March 17, helps entrepreneurs gain the business skills they need to accelerate the growth of their fledgling businesses through an intensive, 10-week program.
Early-stage Businesses Invited to Apply for IGNITE Community Accelerator

Feb 08, 2017

Startups and early-stage businesses less than three years old can apply.

The IGNITE Community Accelerator will provide each business owner with business services and support valued at more than $15,000, which includes personal business coaching and mentoring by a successful entrepreneur in a similar field.

Local entrepreneur and New Mexico native Karen Hanthorn-Rhodes will be the facilitator for the accelerator. Hanthorn-Rhodes is president of Praetorians, Ltd., a business consulting firm with over 20 years of local and national experience. In addition, she has worked as a senior executive in the corporate healthcare industry.

The participating companies will get to take advantage of IGNITE Community Accelerator services that include: up to 30 hours of one-on-one business coaching; 10 hours of business workshops; 48 hours of intense business training; five hours of time with an industry mentor; access to co-working space at the STEMulus Center throughout the 10-week program; access to the FUSE MakerSpace to help with prototype development if needed; and support in developing a 100-day tactical plan for the business after the Accelerator is over.

The IGNITE program offers eight full program days of business development that includes:

*  1st Friday –  Entrepreneurship 101 and The Power to Choose

*  2nd Friday – Exploring Your Business Model

*  3rd Friday – Identifying Your Customer

*  4th Friday – Managing Your Business

*  5th Friday – Building a Success Network

*  6th Friday – Financial Management

*  7th Friday – Marketing and Branding Strategies

*  8th Friday – Bringing It All Together and Telling Your Story

The program will conclude with IGNITE Day, when each participant will showcase and pitch their product or service to the community.

For more information and to apply to the IGNITE Community Accelerator, please visit this website,