Applications to the 2023 program are now closed. Applications for the 2024 program will open in fall.

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.

Application process & tips

  • First, ensure you are eligible to participate in the program and can meet the program commitments.
  • Complete the online application form via Jotform. Paper applications are not accepted.
  • Be sure to complete all sections of the form. Be as descriptive and thorough as possible. To see a list of questions asked on the application look here: SMARTstart Application Questions.
  • Include supporting materials: resume, business plan draft, market research, pitch video, etc.
  • You will be notified that we have received your application.
  • A committee made up of business advisors, mentors, bankers and program organizers review all applications. Applications are evaluated on criteria, not first come, first serve.
  • You may be called for an interview (see timelines).
  • If you have questions, contact us.

Will customers love your business idea? Let’s discover!

Customer discovery is an essential first (and ongoing) step in creating a new product, service or business. We encourage idea-stage entrepreneurs to participate in our four-session Discover program prior to entering SMARTstart. You’ll better understand whether you have a business solution people love and are willing to pay for.

2023 Program Timeline

Applications OpenOctober 17, 2022
Information SessionsNovember 1 (virtual) & 29 (in-person)
Application DeadlineDecember 11, 2022
Selection ProcessJanuary 2023
Applicants NotifiedEarly February 2023
Program BeginsOrientation Session February, Launch Event Late February
In-Person SeminarsMarch-June and September-October 2023
Online LearningMarch-July 2023
Draft Plan SubmittedJune 2023
Final Plan SubmittedOctober 2023
Celebration Event/Program EndsLate October/Early November 2023