COVINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2017) – Aviatra Accelerators, Inc., an accelerator devoted to launching and sustaining women-owned startups and small businesses, is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2017 LAUNCH and EXPLORE classes.
Female entrepreneurs may apply for either class based on their businesses’ level of development.
LAUNCH is for female entrepreneurs and 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.
“Aviatra knows each woman’s business is unique and that’s why we don’t have a one-size-fits all approach,” said Angela Ozar, market manager for Aviatra Accelerators in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. “Our different programs are specifically tailored to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs so they can take what they learn and apply it to their businesses. We have educated more than 1,500 women over the past seven years and we are extremely excited to see who will be the next class of women to join Aviatra’s programming this fall.”
The LAUNCH class provides startups 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.
The deadline to apply for Aviatra’s Fall 2017 LAUNCH class is Aug. 25. Aviatra Accelerators will announce the businesses that are accepted to this class on Sept. 6. The class will span nine weeks and will be held every Wednesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. at Aviatra Accelerators’ headquarters at 114 West Pike Street, Covington, Ky.
At the end of the class, all participants will present their business plans and funding needs to the Aviatra Loan Selection Committee. The recipients of the loans will be publicly announced at the Aviatra event in November. The LAUNCH class costs $500 per person and $250 for any additional business partner. You can apply for this class at https://bit.ly/LaunchApplication2017.
For women who have a great business idea or want to explore entrepreneurship, but aren’t quite ready to create a business plan and pursue funding at this time, then the EXPLORE class may be for them. EXPLORE is designed for first-time entrepreneurs, early-stage business owners, or anyone with a great idea for a business but needs guidance. Women who sign up for EXPLORE will work with Aviatra staff and the accelerator’s advisers and experts to help these women to validate their business ideas and create business plans.
In the EXPLORE program, participants will receive the tools that will bring their startup to life, and have professional experts provide support and guidance along the way. EXPLORE costs $250 per person. The class meets on Monday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kentucky Innovation Network @ Northern Kentucky (former NKY ezone), which is located at 1 Innovation Alley, Covington, Ky. (a half block from Aviatra’s offices). The deadline to apply for EXPLORE is Sept. 7. You can apply for this class at http://www.aviatracincyfall2017.eventbrite.com/
About Aviatra Accelerators (formerly Bad Girl Ventures)
From ideation to exit, and everything in between, Aviatra Accelerators is the go-to resource for women business owners. Aviatra Accelerators enables women to start and sustain businesses through their expertise in business basics, guidance from mentors and coaches, and access to capital. Because Aviatra recognizes that women and their businesses are each unique, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offers three different programs tailored to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs at any stage of their business’ development. The organization operates offices in Northeast Ohio, Cincinnati, and Covington, Ky., Since its launch in 2010, Aviatra Accelerators has educated and assisted more than 1,100 female entrepreneurs and awarded more than $850,000 in loans to businesses in the regions they serve.