The Program

ScaleUp Nashville is a competitive training program exclusively for Middle Tennessee’s small businesses. This six-month SBA-funded program assists growth-oriented small businesses grow revenue, build staff, and expand services.

 

FAQs

WHO CAN APPLY? 

The best qualified candidates will: 

  • Own an established small business (or be self-employed) 
  • Have been in business at least two years
  • Be positioned to grow
  • Have annual revenues between $150,000 and $500,000
  • Make a serious commitment to the program over a six-month period and continue to be involved through participation, ongoing feedback, and leadership for the following three years.

In order to participate, you must sign the ScaleUp Nashville Contract Agreement.

 

WHAT DO YOU GET?

  • 12 weeks of classes with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s tested curriculum 
  • Opportunities to build and strengthen connections and networks
  • Featured business profile on ScaleUp Nashville’s website
  • Financial Assessment with CPAs from Pathway Women Business Center (valued at $1,000)
  • Support in capital development
  • Membership to the Entrepreneur Center (valued at $150/year)
  • Membership to Refinery Nashville (valued at $99/month) 
  • Connections to relevant resources
  • Press and media support
  • Personal connections to Nashville’s leaders
     

DID WE MENTION IT'S FREE?

If selected, your spot will be fully funded by the SBA. Your equity owed to the program will be the ongoing involvement and leadership in the program. 

 

interested?

Check out this guest blog post from Ashley Northington of Cohort 2: How ScaleUp Nashville Helped My Business Grow.

If you'd like to be considered for Cohort 5 beginning in the fall of 2017, let us know and we'll let you know when the application cycle opens!

 

IS THIS REALLY FOR ME?

Companies from any industry are encouraged to apply. The common thread among applicants is their determination to grow. A small boutique may want to add stores, but need support in figuring out the financing and larger staffing models. An advertising agency may want to add a consulting service, but not know how to appropriately price services. A homemade candy shop may have established a niche market in a neighborhood, but not yet have the tools to grow the market to the broader city — or beyond the city. All of these businesses have experience and a proven product, but need the infrastructure, resources, and know-how to take that next step.