Endeavor is launching its second Scale Up program across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. In partnership with EY, Scale Up supports high-potential entrepreneurs in the region to identify business needs and goals, pursue scaling to the next level, and gain direct support and mentorship from top regional entrepreneurs and organizations. Scale Up 2020 will launch on April 23, 2020 and conclude in November, 2020.
Scale Up Program
Through Endeavor’s 8-month Scale Up program, entrepreneurs will receive direct mentorship from current Endeavor Entrepreneurs and other successful entrepreneurs. As part of the program, entrepreneurs will also access EY’s proprietary 7 Drivers of Growth workshop to assess their companies, attend a start up clinic from nationally-reputed West Ventures, and complete a mock Endeavor Selection Panel to receive tactical, meaningful feedback from top mentors.
Leading regional organizations, including InnovateMap (Indianapolis), Thompson Hine LLC (Cincinnati), On Plane Consulting (Louisville), CincyTech (Cincinnati), and GrowthX (Nashville, San Francisco) will also provide tailored mentoring to Scale Up entrepreneurs.
In 2019, 12 entrepreneurs from six companies completed the first-ever regional Scale Up program: Autymate (Louisville), Costello (Indianapolis), FreshFry (Louisville), Space Tango (Lexington), TRIM.co (Louisville), and Untitled Firm (Louisville). The program concluded with a Scale Up Celebration at Old Forester Distillery, which brought together the entrepreneurial ecosystem to celebrate the cohort. The end goal of Scale Up is to accelerate the growth of high-potential entrepreneur-led businesses and further Endeavor’s mission of scaling up, going big, and giving back.
Apply for Scale Up 2020
Applications for Endeavor’s 2020 Scale Up program are now open online until March 1, 2020. Entrepreneurs and founders of early-stage start ups across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio are encouraged to apply here.
Endeavor will select companies based on their standard selection criteria of (1) Entrepreneur, (2) Business, and (3) Timing. The Scale Up program targets start ups in any industry with market traction, some early investment, and fast growth. The cost of the program is $1,200 for the entire 8-month duration, and 50% of Scale Up slots are prioritized for female and minority entrepreneurs.
Established in 1997, Endeavor is leading the global high-impact entrepreneurship movement to drive economic growth and job creation by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. To date, Endeavor has screened more than 60,000 individuals and selected nearly 2,000 founders leading over 1,200 scale-up companies. With support from Endeavor’s worldwide mentor network, Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created over 3 million jobs, generate more than $20 billion in revenue each year, and inspire future generations to innovate and take risks, building strong entrepreneurship ecosystems in growth markets. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently operates in 35+ growth markets throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America.