Thryve: Startup Tucson’s SBA Funded Business Accelerator Now Accepting Applications

January 14, 2015

unnamedTucson, AZ, Jan 6, 2015 —  Companies seeking to grow in Southern Arizona have a no-cost option thanks to a $1.4 million award from the Small Business Administration. Startup Tucson, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming Southern Arizona’s economy through entrepreneurship training and innovation has announced their first application deadline for this three month executive training program.

Unlike an incubator program that supports new company launches, this accelerator will focus on the broader knowledge and skills required to grow an established company rapidly. Methods and strategies for identifying new markets, marketing and branding new products, managing and motivating a diverse workforce, optimizing the utilization of assets and capabilities and financing the expansion of operations will be core to the workshop program.

The Thryve accelerator will require executives to commit to 2-3 days per week of workshop or seminar time during the evenings and weekends for three months. Mentors, drawn from the Tucson business community, include successful startup executives, entrepreneurship educators, service providers, investors and industry professionals who have helped companies grow rapidly. The program curriculum is centered around the lean business canvas and principles of economic gardening and will result in a customized 12 point roadmap for growth for each company to follow.

“We’ve assembled a highly experienced and passionate team of mentors and staff to lead the seminars and workshops for Thryve Next,” said Justin Williams, CEO of Startup Tucson, “Our curriculum will focus on the lessons and tools learned in high-growth, fast-scaling startups in the tech industry.” Williams did emphasize that the Accelerator is open to all types of businesses though, not just technology firms.

Applications to become a member of the first ten member cohort of C-level executives must be submitted by January 23rd. Executives can find the application and more information at