We wish everyone could join SMARTstart. But, due to the popularity of the program,
that’s just not the case.


Applications to the program are accepted in the Fall of each year, for the following year’s program. Each year there are up to 20 spots available.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 program (begins late February/early March).

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.

Applications for the 2018 SMARTstart Program are now closed. Please send us an email if you would like to be notified when the 2019 program is open.
2018 Applications CLOSED


Application Process & Tips

  • First, ensure you are eligible to participate in the program and can meet the program commitments.
  • Complete the online application form via Jotforms   Paper applications are not accepted.
  • Be sure to complete all sections of the form. Be as descriptive and thorough as possible.To see a list of questions ask on the application click here.
  • Include supporting materials: resume, business plan draft, market research, pitch video, etc.
  • You will be notified that we have received your application.
  • A committee made up of business advisors, mentors, bankers and program organizers review all applications.
  • You may be called for an interview (see timelines).
  • If you have questions, contact us.

Application deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at midnight.
Late applications will not be accepted.


Interested in mentoring? SMARTstart requires up to 20 enthusiastic and experienced business owners each year. Many of our mentors return year after year.

We are currently recruiting mentors for the 2018 program (late February – October 2018).

Application Process

Ready to help make a difference for a local entrepreneur?
Mentor Application Form

If you have questions, contact us.


Applications Open October 16, 2017
Information Sessions October 25 and November 21, 2017
Application Deadline December 20, 2017
Selection Process January 2018
Applicants Notified Early February 2018
Program Begins Orientation Session February 15, Launch Event March 1
In-Person Seminars March-June and September-October 2018
Online Learning March-July 2018
Draft Plan Submitted June 2018
Final Plan Submitted October 2018
Celebration Event/Program Ends Late October/Early November 2018