With one of the best public-school systems in the world, Montgomery County is full of potential. Potential leaders, potential innovators and potential change makers. Our goal is to harness these change makers and equip them with the tools they need to be the entrepreneurs they could become.
Launch Montgomery is an experiential learning program aimed to teach highly specialized skills, activate growth potential, and transform its participants into the next powerhouse of change makers, ready to tackle problems with innovative, socially driven solutions.
The Launch Montgomery program is designed to launch Squads of 5 future entrepreneurs, led by a Quest-certified mentor, to discover, learn and apply relevant business skills, such as identifying business opportunities, articulating value propositions, personifying your customer and determining appropriate business models. The Quest platform will include varying types of activities to be completed both online and in-person and relies on the co-learning amongst peers from the Squad and guidance of the mentor.
At the end of the Launch Montgomery, our change makers will participate in Pitch Day, where they will present their final business case to the local Montgomery County business community. Participants will also graduate with a certification of completion of the Launch Montgomery program.
Thanks to WorkSource Montgomery, funding is secured to implement Launch Montgomery through the end of 2019. As a leader in advancing workforce development in the county, WorkSource Montgomery aims to recruit and graduate 100 participants in 2018.
Launch Montgomery is actively recruiting participants between the ages of 18 and 25 who are interested in the world of entrepreneurship. Ideal candidates are curious, risk-takers, collaborative, dedicated and flexible.
Launch Montgomery is accepting applications and launching Squads on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying for this 12-week journey and meet the requirements above, please click here and fill out the application.
Launch Montgomery’s mentors are a critical factor in the success of the program. Our mentors will guide a Squad of 5 promising entrepreneurs along their journey, checking in weekly on the team’s progress and providing feedback on their activities and experiences. Our mentors are carefully recruited and vetted entrepreneurs from the local community who are passionate about the mission and certified for Quest Forward Learning mentorship.
Mentoring with Launch Montgomery is a 2-3-hour average weekly commitment, but the return on investment is timeless and priceless. Not only are our mentors directly coaching the next generation, they are also planting seeds for future business opportunities and partnership with their mentees, other mentors and the larger Montgomery County industrial network. Launch Montgomery is just as committed to its future entrepreneurs as it is its current, with social activities planned and opportunities for greater impact.
If you are interested in becoming a Launch Montgomery mentor, please email Dr. Kristin Backstrom, Lead Mentor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.