StartUpMX

A business incubator focused on supporting untapped entrepreneurs with tactical, strategic, and supportive guidance to take their business to the next level. We bring the pieces together, connect the dots and meet you where you need the most support to do one thing: get you where you need to go in your business.

From incorporation, business setup, marketing, finance, and everything else that you need to get a business off the ground. Get all the tools and systems set up to fully launch your business –  no more dragging your feet, get your business up and running!

Immersive & Fast-Paced

The MEWS+ StartUpMX incubator is a collaboration between the MEWS+, The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, and a host of local resources and business leaders. 

A fast-paced program for entrepreneurs to refine their ideas, understand fundamental business concepts, and work through the initial stages of their business.

The program is offered over an eight-week schedule and includes a workshop series on topics including business strategy, finance, legal, marketing, technology and productivity, and wellness and personal development.

The program also includes mentoring from The MEWS+ network for goal setting and accountability, technical assistance, and the opportunity to pitch in front of potential investors and community members.

StartUpMX

Open to for-profits, nonprofits, and hybrid models, the MEWS+ StartUpMX program is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community of entrepreneurs.

Participants should be in the early stages of their venture –  from idea-phase to through the first year. Prior entrepreneurial experience is not necessary. 

Participating entrepreneurs receive:

  • Bi-weekly accountability check-in calls

  • Technical assistance from workshop leaders

  • An online portal with additional topics and resources

  • A fully supportive network of fellow entrepreneurs, local business leaders, and resources

  • Opportunity to present in front of community stakeholders at the Middlesex StartUp Night in March 2023

  • A reserved space in the workshops with the following topics –

Business & Strategy

Strategic planning with a focus on methods and tools to support taking your business to the next level.

Finance

Focused on the financial aspects of small businesses, financial planning, creating projections, understanding fundraising, profitability, strategy, financial measures, and more.

Legal

Legal basics for entrepreneurs and small businesses, business formation/structure, and intellectual property.

Marketing


Launch and focus marketing efforts: strategy, branding, social media, marketing ROI, digital marketing.

Technology & Productivity

Understanding technology options and what's right for you to increase your time management and productivity.

Wellness & Personal Development

Work/life skills to build confidence, including communication, problem-solving, leadership, adaptability, and more.

Spring 2023 StartUpMX Schedule

The Spring 2023 StartUpMX program will be a hybrid format – with workshop sessions held virtually via Zoom, and periodic in-person meetings for networking and collaboration discovery. Participants must have access to reliable internet and a device with a webcam and microphone – a table, laptop, or desktop computer.

Workshops are held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Please note that these dates are subject to change,
and will be confirmed prior to the beginning of the initial meeting.

Session One

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Business Planning, Risk Assessment, Basic Business Budgeting

Session Two

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Business Legal 101

Session Three

Monday, March 27, 2023

Market Research
& Marketing Strategy/Planning

Session Four

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Small Business Accounting &
Funding and Financing

Session Five

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Pitching 101 &
Business Plan Check-in

Session Six

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

State and Local Support Resources for Entrepreneurs &
Entrepreneur Hot Seat

Session Seven

Tuedsay, April 25, 2023

Pitch Review &
Final Business Plan Review

Session Eight

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Final Pitch Practice

Middlesex StartUp Night

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

To Apply

A few important notes before completing this application:

  • While you may save and continue the submission at a later time, we recommend you use a separate document to draft your responses and then copy/paste them into the online application form.

  • Please keep your responses thorough, yet concise, and around 500 words.

  • Please review the program dates and time commitments. All accepted participants must be present for all workshop sessions, and fully participate in mentoring, and take advantage of the resources provided during the program.

  • If you can not make all of the sessions and would like to apply, please email us at hello@themewsplus.com with the details before applying.

  • All applications need to be submitted by March 3, 2023 for the Spring 2023 cohort.  The program begins March 14, 2023.
To participate in The MEWS+ StartUpMX incubator program, you must be a resident of Middlesex County, Connecticut, or a student at a college or university located within Middlesex County.
Still an idea - not yet a business; DBA, LLC, etc.
For profit, non-profit
How did you hear about The MEWS+ Incubator Program?(Required)
Participation Confirmation(Required)

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