By preparing entrepreneurs for their next level, we increase the density and quality of our startup community.

A free 30-minute one-on-one consultation is available to all entrepreneurs!

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For Early Stage Ventures

Compass is a quarterly 12-week structured program of education, mentorship, and coaching for those who have decided to get started.  Participants pay just $150 of the $1,100 value per seat; the rest of the cost is subsidized by Start Fort Wayne's generous supporters.

All 12 cohort meetings are working sessions.  Entrepreneurs will
create or refine their plan, practice pitching their plan, refine the plan with customer engagement, meet one-on-one with their coach, and get feedback from mentors.

No startup experience is necessary.  The venture need not be launched, and any kind of business is fine.  Entrepreneurs just need to bring enthusiasm and work ethic.

Following are the dates and times for Compass:

Fall:  September 9, 2017 – November 18, 2017
Winter:  December 2, 2017 – February 17, 2018
Spring:  March 3, 2018 – May 19, 2018
Summer:  June 2, 2018 – August 18, 2018
Sessions are held at Start Fort Wayne’s Atrium coworking space at 111 W. Berry St., Suite 211, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. 

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For Later Stage Ventures

PowerUp is a twice-annually workshop for our community’s established small businesses.  Seats are $100 per person.

An entrepreneur community sometimes spends so much time focusing on startups that it ignores the established companies that want to grow and scale.  Not us.

During a half-day working session, a local subject expert will lead attendees in hands-on learning exercises to develop plans about topics such as: “Growing from the Kitchen – getting the financial processes in place that you’ll need tomorrow” or “Hiring and Firing – if you’re growing you’ll be doing both”.


For the Curious

StartSchool is a fast-paced one-day educational and community-building event that gives startup entrepreneurs a quick taste of the startup world.  Tickets are $50 per person.

Highlighting our local talent, StartShool provides practical startup knowledge from successful local entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers.  With speakers changing every half hour and networking over lunch, breaks, and closing reception, the day will speed by.

Although targeted to pre-startup entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of whether startup culture is for them, we believe that experienced entrepreneurs will find it to be a great refresher.


When It's Personal

For those who want the highest level of personal attention, LevelUp provides one-on-one coaching.  Billed at an affordable $50 per hour fee.  

Candidates for one-on-one coaching include: 

  • Ventures referred by investors for preparation plus other high potential ventures preparing to pitch to angel investors or venture capitalists – including Compass graduates who want to take their ventures to the next level. 
  • Ventures not comfortable working in with a cohort program for privacy or other concerns.
  • Any entrepreneur wanting a more personalized coaching experience.
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