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B-Smart 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.

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 Drexel University Beachell Family Learning Center, West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, and VestedIn.

Program FAQs

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

After ten (10) 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 finance check 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

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, $101,000.00 in Capital Committed to Graduates, and a 100% Debt Repayment Rate on Businesses that were funded.

Are you a Philadelphia entrepreneur that is interested in our 2022 Fall Cohort?

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