Our curriculum is learner-centered, hands-on and activity based, so you’ll be doing as much as you’ll be listening. At the start of every session, we provide you with a Build binder that includes lessons, resources and a sample business plan for you to fill out as we go.
Courses are facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs who provide resources and necessary tools and are available to answer questions regarding your business plan during 1:1 sessions. Cohorts consist of 12-16 participants, bringing a diverse range of business and project ideas. Participants are at varying degrees of business development and best efforts are made to meet everyone where they are. Expect to spend at least 3 hours each week outside of class working on your business plan, doing market research, creating projections, etc. Class time is spent on the curriculum provided. Subject matter experts also attend several sessions to speak in depth on specific topics. Given a participant completes all necessary work, one should expect to finish the class with a solid business plan (Build Institute does not write business plans).
We strive to provide a nurturing environment for Builders both during and after they graduate from our classes. From ongoing educational workshops to alumni networking events, we know that learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. Read testimonials from graduates about why they loved taking a Build class! We hope you’ll take the time to explore our recommended online resources and check out what we offer to our graduates below. Ongoing workshops in partnership with local entrepreneurial support organizations Marketing through Build Grad Profiles, social media, and newsletters Open City monthly networking events Build Bazaar pop-up marketplace for Build alumni Alumni Engagement Events + Active Alumni FB Group Access to Kiva advisor