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B-Smart Entrepreneur Program

B-Smart is a robust 10-week entrepreneurship program created in 2017 to address the lack of legitimate and accessible training for early-stage companies. Through the program’s mentorship with MBA Students and Coaches, rigorous curriculum taught by actual entrepreneurs, a pitch competition for on-the-spot grants and loan capital, and ongoing technical assistance, B-Smart has supported over 140 businesses and awarded over $101,000.00 in capital commitments to participants. B-Smart was designed by the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, VestedIn, and the Drexel University Beachell Family Learning Center.

Without supporters like you, our B-Smart Program wouldn’t be what it is today! Thank you for contributing to our efforts to elevate businesses in our communities and provide entrepreneurs with valuable opportunities!

B-Smart Entrepreneur Program
Cohort 10

Presented by:

Interested in sponsoring the 2024 program, please contact info@vestedin.org

Program Sponsors

WSFS Bank | Citizens | Wells Fargo | Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Introducing B-Smart Cohort 10

Djuan Short, LCSW, CTCP, C-IYAT

Djuan Short, LCSW, CTCP, C-IYAT

Dahlia Rose Wellness Center, LLC
Tawanda Douse

Tawanda Douse

Josie’s Craft Cocktails
Mackenzie Rose Brown

Mackenzie Rose Brown

Rose Golden Enterprises
Michael Merlino

Michael Merlino

mmersive animation studio
Matthew and Bria George

Matthew and Bria George

I Love Thy Hood
Madeleine Conover

Madeleine Conover

Madeleine Conover, LLC
Kaitlin Dugan-Murell

Kaitlin Dugan-Murell

Kadumu Consulting
Amma Thomas

Amma Thomas

Plant & People
Venessa Letts

Venessa Letts

Venessa & Associates Post-Op Concierge

Program FAQs

What opportunities does the cohort get towards the end of the program?

After ten (12) weeks of workshops, our B-Smart Cohort competes in the Pitch and Present Competition.

Each year the B-Smart Entrepreneurship Program ends with our program-end Pitch and Present. The Pitch and Present is a competition where participating businesses can pitch their business for financing, grants, or feedback from a panel of Funders, Advisors, Community Partners, and Investors.

Participating entrepreneurs pitching for financial resources this year can obtain an on-the-spot approval finance check up to $20,000 approved by VestedIn. In addition to financing, three grants will be awarded between $1000-$2000 by WSFS, Wells Fargo, and Citizens.

*All pitch participants will receive ongoing technical assistance and support for their businesses post-program.

What is the curriculum overview?

Curriculum Covers:
  1. Business Planning
  2. Technology Tools for Business
  3. Legal Incorporation
  4. Accounting Foundations
  5. Business Banking
  6. Financing and Capital for Businesses
  7. Marketing
  8. Designing A Capability Statement
  9. Doing Business with Large Institutions

Who should I connect with if I have questions on applying or program details?

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at precious@vestedin.org. Thank you for being a part of our mission to nurture and grow successful businesses within the Philadelphia community.

What are the requirements for entry?

Be an existing for-profit business or in the process of starting a for-profit business. Non-Profit Organizations are not accepted. Complete an application

What are success stories from this program?

To name a few, we have had over 140 Graduates, and $200,000.00 in Capital Committed to Graduates, and a 100% Debt Repayment Rate on Businesses that were funded.

B-Smart Entrepreneur Program Interest Form

Applications are now closed, join the waitlist for Cohort 11

The application process for 2023 has concluded, and we are no longer accepting submissions. However, if you would like to remain informed and receive updates regarding the next cohort for B-Smart, we kindly request that you provide your information by filling out our interest form. This will ensure that you are kept up to date and have the opportunity to apply when the next application period opens.

B-Smart Cohort 11: Interest Form

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