SEE ME PROGRAM
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED
Gain $16,500 of capital to invest in your business growth
Participate in a 6-week business accelerator (Virtual)
Develop a 2 to 5-year business plan
Mastermind with cohort monthly as business advisors (Virtual)
Attend 4 quarterly educational and networking events (Hybrid)
Provide monthly financial reports for accountability
Connect with supplier diversity and corporate professionals across the state
HOW TO APPLY
TELL US ABOUT THE BUSINESS
Complete the online application process, which should include an abbreviated version of this year's business plan.
TELL US ABOUT YOU
Create a 90-second video introducing yourself, what you do, what is your why, and what the $16,500 would mean to you and the business.
ATTEND AN IN-PERSON/VIRTUAL INTERVIEW
The top 40 finalists will attend an interview so that the team can learn more about your business.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
(Dates subject to change)
February 15, 2023
Opening date for application submissions
April 30, 2023
Application Submission due by 11:59 MST
June 1, 2023
Registration opens for the Business Accelerator Program
June 1, 2023
Applicants notified for the Pitch Contest & Interview
June 15 - June 16, 2023
Pitch & Interviews
July 6 - August 10, 2023
Live online 6-Week Business Accelerator *
August 31, 2023
September 1, 2023
Candidates accepted and confirmed
September 4, 2023
Cohort II Execs Announced
September 7, 2023
First Mastermind ** and Program Overview Meeting
* The 6-Week business accelerator will meet virtually on Thursdays from 9am - 12pm
** Monthly mastermind calls will meet 1st Thursdays from 9am - 10:30am starting 9/7
Networking events will meet quarterly - Dates and times to be announced
The SEE ME Program is a program designed to facilitate business growth and stability for Arizona-based companies that are at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by black individuals. Eligible companies range between late-stage startups to mature firms. Each business will be evaluated based on the thoroughness of the completed application, the ability to scale and grow, and an achievable vision for the future of their company, and a commitment to program participation.
Finalists will be evaluated based on the following:
Thoroughness of completed application
In-person / Virtual Pitch Contest
There is no cost.
Each business applying for the program will complete an online application. Application entry will automatically enroll the organization as a listing into a directory to increase visibility and establish a network. A link to a 90-second pitch video will need to be included in the online application. Applications and pitch videos will be reviewed by the team. From there the top 40 chosen applicants will move on to the virtual pitch contest. Each business entry will be categorized based on industry type, business category, county, and other distinctions, ie, veteran, women-owned, etc. Twenty (20) businesses will be selected to participate in the 12-month cohort. No multilevel marketing businesses will be accepted.
IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL PITCH CONTEST (HYBRID)
The applicants will pitch their businesses to an assembled panel of professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Each qualified applicant will have exactly 5 minutes to pitch their business. Presentation slides in your pitch are highly recommended (e.g. PowerPoint). The pitch must address the following:
Overview of the business (background abbreviated history, mission, industry for profit or not) If awarded the grant, how will the additional funds be used
How will the business benefit from the program and why is it a great fit for the program
How will they ensure that their business is successful with or without the program
Each applicant's pitch will be followed by 5 minute Q&A from the panel.
Businesses will be selected based on the virtual pitch contest. All finalists will be notified June 3, 2023.