SEA CHANGE is a collaborative initiative that provides coaching, connections and capital to people who have big ideas to improve their community.
OUR MISSION is to connect resources, funders, innovators, and mentors to accelerate ideas from concept to successful social enterprise across the state of Ohio.
The SEA Change accelerator is a 12-week online course supplemented by weekly in-person gatherings to share in learning across the cohort. Participants will also gain access to mentors across a wide variety of disciplines and issue areas. The accelerator will culminate in a Pitch Day where up to $100,000 will be invested in top social enterprises that completed the program.
WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR
We plan to select up to 15 participants across 3 categories of social enterprises:
1.) START: pure startup idea with some validation, whether is is feedback from customers or a board of advisors who believe in your concept2.)SCALE: social enterprises already in existence looking to grow or pivot 3.)SUSTAIN: nonprofits looking for an earned revenue opportunity to diversify their funding
Prior to the accelerator starting in May, we will have a business 101 course provided by ECDI called SEED. For those applicants we select who do not have a business background, we may make it a contingency that they complete these courses. For all other it will be optional. These courses take place on Tuesday mornings in April from 9am-noon.