Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

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Program Overview

The City of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program is a collaboration between The Capital Network and the City to provide training to early-stage entrepreneurs. The Capital Network (TCN) provides fundraising education to entrepreneurs through workshops, panels, bootcamps, and office hours. The Capital Network's programs are designed to incorporate the guidance of many former or current entrepreneurs and members of angel groups and venture capital firms, the majority of which are located in the New England area. The workshops and other programming are provided on a rolling schedule and workshops are kept small for entrepreneurs to ask questions for his or her business and funding needs. TCN offers a six month membership which gives you access to these programs for free during your membership, as well as the chance to participate in a members only pitch workshop with investors and experience entrepreneurs at the end of your six month membership.

The Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program provides five (5) HUD eligible Cambridge early-stage entrepreneurs in the consumer products, clean energy, high tech, and life sciences clusters a scholarship to the member program. EDD will be taking and reviewing applications on a first come, first serve basis starting July 1, 2016.

The Capital Network membership program is a rotating six (6) month program series on fundraising education for early-state entrepreneurs.  During this time you will have access to 3-4 programs a month on early stage fundraising topics, and at the end of your membership you will have the opportunity to workshop your pitch in front of experiences entrepreneurs and investors from the Boston area startup community. To learn more about The Capital Network and the 6 month membership program, click here.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is funded through Community Development Block Grants (CBDG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, so eligibility is based on HUD guidelines. Please read the Eligibility Guidelines for more information about whether you qualify for this program.

Program Application

Program applications will be taken on a competitive basis until the deadline of May 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and approved to make sure candidates are a good fit for the program. Please click here to fill out the online application. If you would prefer a paper version, please contact Pardis Saffari at psaffari@cambridgema.gov.

More Information

For more information about the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Assistance Program, please contact Pardis Saffari at 617/349-4654 or via email at psaffari@cambridgema.gov.