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 CLOSED the 2019 program. If you are interested in being notified for the 2020 program please email us.

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.

Applications for the 2019 program are now 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 12, 2018 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 2019 program (late February – October 2019).

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, 2018
Information Sessions October 24, November 21 and December 6 2018
Application Deadline December 12, 2018
Selection Process January 2019
Applicants Notified Early February 2019
Program Begins Orientation Session February, Launch Event March
In-Person Seminars March-June and September-October 2019
Online Learning March-July 2019
Draft Plan Submitted June 2019
Final Plan Submitted October 2019
Celebration Event/Program Ends Late October/Early November 2019