2015 Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurs striving to develop and grow innovative business enterprises in the coming year can benefit from the I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator initiative. This program provides training, coaching and networking that facilitates strong and steady progress for new business ventures.

Accelerator participants connect with experienced executives, business professionals, coaches, peers, and potential customers to create a successful business model. Instruction on proven techniques, coaching throughout the startup process, assistance with funding needs and sources, and access to valuable resources is provided. Each entrepreneur is assisted with establishing and executing actions that achieve meaningful progress toward starting the venture.

The Accelerator is effective for individuals assessing the viability of business opportunities, entrepreneurs preparing to launch new enterprises, and existing ventures expanding their operations. Past participants are achieving success and continuing to grow. In 2014, one Accelerator graduate has secured over $1 million in funding, grown revenue by 80%, and increased employment from 14 to 29 workers. Others have received loans, secured equity investment, licensed products, increased revenue, and continued developing.

The program is free but space is limited and applicants must provide a summary of their proposed venture to be considered for the Accelerator. Meetings will be held in Ruston at University Hall on every other Tuesday at 5:30 PM beginning January 13. For more information, email tbdc@latech.edu or call (318) 257-3537. To apply for the Accelerator, follow either link below, complete the form, and submit application to tbdc@latech.edu or PO Box 3145, Ruston, LA 71272

I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator Application Forms
Regional Business Accelerator Application Form in Microsoft Word
Regional Business Accelerator Application Form in Adobe
Some applicants are experiencing difficulties with the Adobe form. It may be necessary to open and save your form in Adobe Pro (not the Reader) in order for the content to be retained. We will also be glad to accept a printed copy of your application at the TBDC in the Rawle Enterprise Center at 509 W Alabama or by mail at PO Box 3145, Ruston, LA 71272.

I-20 Regional Accelerator Application