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. In 2022, the program will be a mix of online and in-person (to be determined along the way).

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.


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 Jotform   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 look here: SMARTstart Application Questions.
  • 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. Applications are evaluated on criteria, not first come, first serve.
  • You may be called for an interview (see timelines).
  • If you have questions, contact us.



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 2022 program (late February – October 2022).

Application Process

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

If you have questions, contact us.


Applications Open October 25, 2021
Information Sessions November 4 & 23, 2021 (online)
Application Deadline December 15, 2021
Selection Process January 2022
Applicants Notified Early February 2022
Program Begins Orientation Session February, Launch Event Late February
In-Person Seminars March-June and September-October 2022
Online Learning March-July 2022
Draft Plan Submitted June 2022
Final Plan Submitted October 2022
Celebration Event/Program Ends Late October/Early November 2022