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 an Accelerated Education Program (AEP). AEP is a four-month workshop series on fundraising education for early-stage entrepreneurs. AEP is 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 AEP program is provided on a rolling schedule and workshops are kept small for entrepreneurs to ask questions for his or her business and funding needs.

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 participate in The Capital Network’s AEP Program. EDD will be taking and reviewing applications on a first come, first serve basis starting July 1, 2016.

TCN's Accelerated Education Program is a rotating six (6) month program series on fundraising education for early-state entrepreneurs. Four (4) months of the program is a series of educational workshops and seminars and the additional two (2) months of the program provide participants access to roundtables and pitch practices with investors. To learn more about The Capital Network and the Accelerated Education 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

More Information

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