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Make-it-to-Market Program

Make-it-to-Market Program

Commercialization Support for Creative Entrepreneurs

Great News ... The Spots for Research Participants have been filled for June/July.

If you are interested in becoming a client of the program, please go ahead and fill in the form below and we'll keep you posted for the next program offering.

The Make It To Market is a program designed for creative entrepreneurs in rural regions who are in the commercialization stage of their business. Together, we want to build thriving, rural communities of entrepreneurs that collaborate to sustain their businesses well beyond the startup phase. If you have a big idea, sign up to:

  1. Make confident entrepreneurial decisions
  2. Navigate your best commercialization options
  3. Leverage existing relationships to support your growth
  4. Develop consistent, reliable income streams
  5. Co-create and learn with fellow creative entrepreneurs

Why is this Different?

This program is different in three ways. First of all, it is designed for ‘creative entrepreneurs’ with the flexibility to honour their unique approach to business and works best (or could work best) for them. There will be no ‘business plan 101’ exercises or sales forecast projections. Secondly, our area of focus is the commercialization stage. Not that we don’t believe in business plans (we do!) but you can access those through other places. There are few entrepreneurial training programs that target the commercialization stage of business and our approach uniquely combines both coaching and peer collaboration. We realize that at the end of the day, creative entrepreneurs need to make the best of sustained, reliable income while continuing to love what they do and what they have to offer. This is especially true in rural regions. Finally, this program takes advantage of cutting-edge research in entrepreneurship, which is often inaccessible to other practitioners. Participants can even opt to be part of this research.

The Make It To Market program delivers real time coaching and peer support while you are commercializing your business to maximize your investment of time, money and energy. Based on developing expert entrepreneurial decision-making skills and leveraging what you’ve already got, Make It To Market will help you build entrepreneurial skills for life while working on the development of your creative enterprise.

Is this a Fit for You?

Are you a creative entrepreneur? Do you use your imagination, talents or skills to bring your ideas into the marketplace? Could your products or service exist without you? Creative entrepreneurs are not defined by their industry, but their approach to entrepreneurship and making a living. Some examples of creative entrepreneurs include freelancers, makers, small scale manufacturers, designers and artists. Chances are that if you identify yourself as a creative individual with a unique approach, you’ll do well in this program since it capitalizes on your unique way of doing things.

What’s Included?

The Make It To Market program includes:

  • Intake orientation
  • 5 two-hour group coaching sessions
  • 5 one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Support materials and activities
  • Ongoing peer and coach support (in-person & online)
  • Weekly check-ins
  • 2-hours of co-working space/week*

If you are interested, please fill in the form below.

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