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Incubation

A free yearlong incubator program that equips
entrepreneurs with the necessary tools
to launch and build a sustainable business.
Applications are closed for our
2021-2022 Incubator.

INCUBATION BENEFITS

MORE THAN $12,000 IN BUSINESS SERVICES

Business Coaching

1-on-1 coaching from our
Entrepreneur-in-Residence and network introductions.

Membership & Community

Access to Ascender’s 24/7 workspace in our diverse, collaborative coworking space.

Tailored Programming

Unlimited access to all Ascender programs as well as incubator-specific educational programming.

Financial Support

Access to up to $5,000 in funding to support your growth model.

Marketing Exposure

Exposure through our network and platforms to elevate your brand.

Alumni Network

Join the ranks of dozens of Ascender Incubator alumni.

OUR 2021-2022 INCUBATOR APPLICATION IS CLOSED

March 8, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST

BOOTCAMP: OUR PIPELINE INTO INCUBATION

Bootcamp: Our Pipeline in Incubation

Pre-Incubation Bootcamp is a way for us to support more entrepreneurs than we can incubate. The multi-day intensive program combines workshops, hands-on business planning, and access to experts to help move your business forward. Pre-Incubation Bootcamp also allows us to get to know you! We want to make sure that we can fully support all of the entrepreneurs we accept into Incubation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ascender works with startups and small businesses across a broad range of industries, including software, hardware, retail, healthcare, education, and social ventures.

We don’t limit the definition of entrepreneurship to startups seeking venture capital. While we certainly work with these “hockey stick growth” businesses, we also support and foster the growth of entrepreneurial enterprises that may never need to raise funding, including small family-owned business models, local impact models, local retail businesses, and others.

Applications for Ascender’s Pre-Incubation Bootcamp must be submitted on the F6S platform. We use F6S because its online community and application portal connects founders to more than 16,000 of the world’s top corporates, governments, and startup programs. 

If this is your first time using F6S, you’ll be prompted to create an account. Once you’ve created your account or sign in, you’ll be directed to the application page. Your application autosaves periodically and you can come back to it to make changes until the submission deadline.

Questions? Contact info@ascenderpgh.com

Though not set in stone, we like to see teams as opposed to individuals. Our experience shows that a team is less likely to get “stuck” and more likely to discover creative solutions to problems than a one-person company.

We strongly prefer teams with the technical aptitude to build the core business assets. For example, if your company is web-based, someone on your team must have the technical knowledge to build the necessary front and back-end platforms.

Our team doesn’t claim to have expertise in every industry. However, at an early stage, startups of all shapes and sizes will face similar challenges, and our team is very experienced in navigating those challenges. 

Once we’ve worked with you to develop a working business model and a plan of attack, we leverage strategic partnerships with industry leaders in the region to accelerate your growth.

Rather than inundate each entrepreneur with “too many voices” at the beginning of the process, our team will work with our network of mentors, advisors, and industry experts to better guide your progress. Once your company clears certain determined benchmarks, we’ll connect you directly to the appropriate mentors and advisors.

Still Have Questions?

Reach out to the Ascender Team and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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