The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship has chosen four companies to participate in its Zeal Growth Accelerator after hearing pitches from seven early stage companies.
This year’s Accelerator class includes Bravo Youth Sports, which has developed a full-functioning, portable LED message center combined with a scoreboard that lets teams keep score and generate revenue with customized advertisements. Gravana 605 empowers students to become clear and confident communicators. A licensed classroom and district curriculum, the company is expanding to an online interface to create a learning management ecosystem. Jobiki intends to change the way millennials and others look for work by enabling people to search for and discover companies that match their interests and desires in a new and interactive way. Well 365 is an independent, corporate wellness company offering a unique way to create customized wellness programs through an online portal, with in-person health coaching and other programs.
Candidates in the Zeal program will have access to $20,000 in seed funding, Lawrence & Schiller-sponsored branding and marketing strategy development, mentorship and coaching from Zeal entrepreneurs-in-residence and professional partners and access to the E@Z co-working space.
The 12-week intensive program includes a one-day kickoff event and five full-day sessions throughout the summer. The objective of the program is for each participating entrepreneur/team to develop a strategic, scalable plan to grow revenue and increase capacity. Companies that complete the program will give a final presentation pitch to potential investors and banks to secure funding for the strategy developed during the program.
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