Make 2019 Your Year to Launch and Scale!
✔ Have an idea for a new business or product?
✔ Already have a business but need to scale quickly?
✔ Need to learn the in-and-outs of creating your MVP?
✔ Desire to be a better startup founder?
✔ Ready to be part of a tight-knit group and community of other Black women founders?
#BFF Labs teaches you everything you need to know to run and scale your startup! Gain industry knowledge and experience under the mentorship and development of successful founders, finance experts, investors, marketers, business attorneys and branding professionals.
Transform your startup (and yourself) and apply for #BFF Labs today!
#BFF Labs begins Monday, March 4, 2019 at Alley Powered by Verizon in Washington, DC.
Applications For The 2019 #BFF Labs Are Now Closed
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#BFF Labs is an 10-week accelerator program for aspiring early-stage entrepreneurs. All *tech-based and *tech-enabled early-stage businesses are welcome. Whether you are at concept stage or your company has been around for a couple of years.
As an Accelerator Program the goals of the Lab are as follows:
- Validation of your business concept/idea
- Develop clear customer traction
- Understanding how to effectively pitch to customers, partners and investors
- How to develop a team and advisory board for your venture
Duration of Program
For 3 evenings a week over 2.5 months, founders will participate in immersive and interactive workshops led by subject matter experts (SMEs) covering a variety of topics important to building their businesses.
- 10-week period from Monday, March 4, 2019 - Friday, May 10, 2019
- Every Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays at Alley Powered by Verizon from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
During the Program We Will Cover:
- Developing An Effective Business / Revenue Model
- Developing a Clear Methodology for Customer Discovery and Idea Validation
- Developing Product-Market Fit for Your Product or Platform
- Pitching Partners and Investors
- Preparing Startup Documents for Due Diligence
- Marketing & Branding Your Venture
- Understanding Your Competition & Creating a Competitive Advantage
- Forming a Team, Board of Directors and/or Advisory Board
- Startup Legal Issues
- Financing & Fundraising (raising debt or equity, creating your valuation and crowdfunding)
#BFF was great in providing me access to a plethora of entrepreneurial resources. The networking and connections I was able to make from the #BFF Labs program (as well as other #BFF events) is something I continue to benefit from to this day. #BFF Labs provided me with a wonderful community of black female founders that I have yet to find elsewhere.
- Nikki Lawrence Founder, BEP Financial
Discover the limiting beliefs you may have that may limit your personal growth and the growth of your company while learning how to develop a mindset for success.
Identify the legal process of setting up your company, operations and intellectual property while protecting your business idea.
Discover how to effectively market your startup using digital marketing techniques and traditional PR to build buzz and exposure.
Determine how to create and clean up your financial statements to make your venture attractive to lenders and investors.
Learn best practices from investment experts on what to say and do to get investors interested in investing in your startup.
More best practices from investment experts on how to create alternative sources of funding outside the Angel/VC structure.
During this final workshop, we will review your final deck and pitch to prepare you for your graduation pitch to judges.
Our experts will discuss the challenging but rewarding process of finding the right co-founder and building your team.
Entrepreneurial Mindset & Tools for Startup Success
Pitch Please III
Making it Rain II: Crowdfunding & Other Funding Programs
Making it Rain I: Attracting Funding & Finding Investors
Building Your Team
Startup Legal 101 &
Copyright + IP for Startups
Getting Your Numbers Straight: Startup Financials 101
Building Your Brand II
Validate it: Market Validation and Selling Your Idea
Pitch Please - Part II
Getting it Built: Proof of Concept, Prototypes & MVPs
Pitch Please I
Customer Discovery &
Our experts will share best practices, tips and tricks to help you to excel when presenting your idea or business to investors and others.
As a non-technical founder, learn the process for building out your minimal viable product and how to work effectively with developers.
Understand your business, competitor space and customer base. Build strategies to target and capture your piece of the market.
What, Who, How & Why? Your Business Revenue Model & More
Building Your Brand
Learn what makes a successful brand and how to tailor your company’s brand to better engage your customers and grow your bottom line.
Discover the basics of creating an attractive, effective, powerful business deck for investors, partners and pitch competitions.
Identify methodologies for a customer discovery system while using traditional and non-traditional methods to build traction.
Learn how to rapidly test and validate your idea utilizing online and offline tools.
Cost of Program
$500 for the entire 10 week program (per venture/per individual)
We are not currently offering any scholarships for this cohort. However, payment plans are available upon request.
- Hands-on support from #BFF Leadership
- Access to mentors and investors
- Instruction from top industry experts
- Access to legal, marketing, financial and technical expertise
- Discounts on business services and programs offered by partners
- Only tech-based* or tech-enabled* companies with at least one Black female founder will be considered.
- Black Female founder or co-founder must participate in-person
- Your company must be concept stage or early stage and have not received more than $500K in funding in 2 years
- If not located in the DC-area, must be able to attend the workshops in person
- Once accepted in the program, you are expected to complete the entirety of the program. Missed workshops cannot be carried over into the next cohort
- Note the time commitment involved in the program. If you miss a session or two, you are still expected to get any information you may have missed and meet your project deadlines. If you miss multiple workshops you may be asked to leave the program
- We understand how crazy life can get! However, as an entrepreneur, you are expected to manage your time effectively. If you are repeatedly, excessively late, come back from breaks late or constantly leave early, #BFF and our instructors will not waste class time repeating any missed information for you
- Currently we cannot provide childcare during the Labs. Until such time #BFF can provide childcare services, any children under the age of 18 must be left at home
- There are no refunds after the program has begun
For inquiries or questions about #BFF Labs, please contact us.
*Tech-enabled businesses are run primarily via digital/web platforms and applications such as: eCommerce sites, social media/video platforms and web and mobile apps. Tech-based businesses focus on the development of tech-based products and services such as: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), digital/web platforms, wearable devices and web and mobile apps.