SMARTSTART invests in extraordinary entrepreneurs and experts with high potential whose raw idea, concept or existing business has a viable and verifiable market.
We do (and pay for) our own research to validate this using quantitative economic data from multiple reliable sources and global databases.
Your business can be any size and in any stage of the life cycle (i.e., start-up, launch, growth, expansion, or scale).
Your products and services might currently be being marketed online, offline or a combination of the two.
Of course, if yours is a completely new idea or concept, you won’t likely have any marketing in place for analysis, but this does not disqualify you as an applicant. In fact, this was precisely the situation of our most recent beneficiary of the program who came to us with nothing but an idea to work with. We essentially had to start over from scratch.
Also, while there may not be any revenue in your business at the time of your application, the potential for significant revenue growth over time must be apparent (again, as verified by our own independent research).
As the business owner, you can be anywhere on the spectrum of completely inexperienced to highly experienced in your industry, but you must have a certain character and work ethic and commit to upholding high standards of professional excellence to participate in program benefits.
Our goal is to help business owners realize their business dreams as quickly as possible. Depending on the size of your dream and how hard you’re willing to work to achieve it, timelines do vary.
The support offered through our program is unique to the specific needs and strengths of each beneficiary client; there are no one-size-fits-all solutions in SMARTSTART.
To begin the application process, you’ll need to complete one or more online assessments (SMARTSTART pays the cost of these, if applicable).