Got an idea for a business? Pioneer Baltimore wants to help chart the course

The ETC program for idea-stage founders is back this fall. Applications are open.

AJ Golden pitches ChargeCycl to open the Pioneer Baltimore 2017 pitch night. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Having a workable idea is the first step toward building a business, but there are plenty of pitfalls that could stump or stop an entrepreneur along the way. Plus, there’s the question of whether it’s worth quitting a job to pursue.
To help clear the path, ETC debuted Pioneer Baltimore in 2017. The nine-week program is returning in the fall, with an opening date on Oct. 18, according to the incubator.
ETC partners on the program with CO.STARTERS, which offers a curriculum that has been implemented around the country and world. The weekly sessions, which are held during evenings at ETC’s Haven Campus, delve into creating a team, validating customers, structuring a business and planning for growth.
“The goal of Pioneer Baltimore is for these professionals to take time to focus on their business concepts, and ETC hopes they are able to move these concepts forward as they gain the full understanding of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, have an idea, be passionate about it and turn it into a business,” ETC President Deb Tillett said.
It closes out with a pitch night, where founders show their work.
Apply by Sept. 16


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