Participants in the WNC Investment Framer Cohort will increase their knowledge and connections to activate investment-worthy projects related to small business, social enterprise, community facilities, and downtown real estate development.
Mountain BizWorks is launching the WNC Investment Framer Cohort this summer! The Cohort will participate in a 12-week learning series from August 14 – October 30, 2023.
Participants in the WNC Investment Framer Cohort will increase their knowledge and connections to activate investment-worthy projects related to small business, social enterprise, community facilities, and downtown real estate development. These investment framers will help increase investment across WNC and bring value to the communities where they work.
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The goals of this cohort are to:
In order to increase investment in Central Appalachia–and in WNC in particular, we need to build a stronger pipeline of people working across the region who have the skills, tools, and connections needed to ‘frame up’ investment opportunities. Too often, good ideas in communities do not move forward because our region has a limited number of people who hold the skills to develop robust financial or business models and identify the right mix of capital resources needed to bring the ideas forward for investment.
The due date to submit applications is July 24, 2023.
For more information about the program and application process, join our Q&A Webinar on July 10. Click here to register.
Important note about the online application:
Accepted participants will join the Cohort at no cost thanks to support from Dogwood Health Trust and other generous funders. The scholarship represents approximately a $1,000 value.
Cohort members will be responsible for their own travel. There will be three in-person meetings in a central WNC location throughout the 12 weeks. The other nine meetings will be virtual.
The person who actively engages in the Cohort, develops and pitches a project/concept and engages experts and resources provided in this program, should be able to:
Through this training series, we hope to create more inclusive and equitable pathways to grow wealth in communities. Differently abled, gender non-conforming and/or Queer participants, participants from grassroots organizations, geographically isolated communities, low-wealth households, People of Color, and others who are typically underrepresented in leadership development opportunities of this nature are encouraged to apply.
People participating in the WNC Investment Framer Cohort will take part in a 12-week learning series, held weekly on Mondays from 12:30-2:30 starting August 14, 2023. If you choose to apply, please hold those dates/times.
If accepted into the cohort, participants will be expected to: