About The Accelerator Programs

Whether you focus on solving our climate crisis or social entrepreneurship, one of our new programs could help your venture get off the ground. Each course includes the base ideation to startup core curriculum then intensive courses in chosen specialization. The courses will be available online and in person. Mentors will help guide you through the process.

Program Details

Impact Hub Salt Lake +

Applications Due: Feb 1st

Acceptance and Deposit: Feb 15th

Accelerator March 1st - May 31st

SOCIAL IMPACT

This accelerator focuses on scaling up entrepreneurial solutions that will solve some of our most pressing societal challenges.

EQUITY AND EQUALITY

As the First underrepresented founder focused accelerator in Utah, this specific ideation to startup program is designed to understand opportunities available for minority and female owned companies.

SUSTAINABLE FASHION

This intensive program is designed for ethical fashion and design and provides emerging design entrepreneurs, creative technologists and industry professionals with the resources needed to transform their ideas into successful, triple bottom line businesses.

The Mentors:

SUMNER DOUGLAS | Ideation to Startup

As a serial entrepreneur and VC investor, I have spent my career shifting between launching new ventures and investing in companies. I have been a trusted consultant and advisor for numerous startups, with particular expertise working with cutting-edge tech companies. As the Managing Director & Venture Partner at BoomStartup Seed Accelerator I run all facets of the accelerator, screen roughly 3000 companies per year, teaching lean startup principles, and distill fundraising strategy & pitches. During my time at BoomStartup I joined Vutliti one of our top portfolio companies helping to develop the company’s product, while raising $2.2MM in capital. Previous to BoomStartup I was the Co-Founder and COO of Glassview Media, raised capital, built the sales team, and developed ad campaigns for fortune 500 companies. I also worked for Goldman Sachs executing institutional trades and laying the ground work for some of Goldman’s expansion into Utah. During my undergraduate schooling I was an associate at University Venture Fund, receiving mentorship from some of the top VC minds in Utah.

AMMAR BELAL | Sustainable Fashion Development

Ammar’s multicultural articulation of design is a realization of his upbringing in Boston, Geneva, and Lahore (Pakistan). Descending from a family that pioneered manufacturing and exporting premium sportswear from Pakistan inspired a Bachelors in Business at Clark University, Mass. He started his career in 2002 by launching a Bespoke Denim label, which deciphered traditional couture techniques into street-wear. Another 5 years saw him evolve into Pakistan’s first luxury Menswear label and expand to 5 retail outlets in various cities. By 2012, Ammar Belal had won national design awards for “Best Emerging Talent”, “Best Original Song” and “Best Menswear” after consistently showing his collections in over 20 fashion shows in Pakistan and the U.K.
Being the first individual from South Asia/Middle East region to be offered a placement in the Parsons MFA (Fashion Design & Society) program, translated into new challenges and opportunities towards a global identity in design. His trans-disciplinary narrative of teaching BFA Fashion (Senior Thesis) with BBA (Design & Mgmt.) is part of an evolving vision to explore the harmony between Fashion, Critical Awareness, and Social Entrepreneurship. Ammar continues to design for his eponymous custom menswear label in New York and is in the process of launching “ONE432”; a heritage footwear label from Pakistan, that promotes craft and shares 50% of its net profits with local primary education initiatives in real-time.
 

HEIDI GRESS | Social Impact

Heidi is the Director of Impact Hub Salt Lake. She has worked extensively with non-profits worldwide for over 10 years, moving through the areas of strategy development, social responsibility programs, content production, press relations, crisis management and training. She currently teaches Business and Marketing at SLCC Fashion Institute.  

3 MENTORS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO EACH SPECIALIZATION COURSE

Core Curriculum

Create a pitch deck, business formation, Attract Interact Transact, building sales funnel, financial modeling, building sales funnel, fundraiser strategy, Investor dating, business model canvas, grand strategy/tracking, fundraising strategies/tracking, user and measurement of engagement metrics, digital marketing strategies and more.

Each Full Program is $2500 for 3 month duration.

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