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NextFab’s Artisan Accelerator program is an 8-week experience that gives artisans and entrepreneurs the essential tools, support, and structure to focus on the things that matter to build viable businesses. Unlike other accelerator programs, the Artisan Accelerator is designed specifically to help artisan entrepreneurs craft profitable business models, reach new customers, and build sustainable companies. Two accelerator cohorts will be held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, and six to eight applicants will be selected for each cohort.

Ideal candidates are individuals selling custom, handmade, and unique goods. To be eligible, applicants must be generating between $100 and $5,000 in sales per month.

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Program Benefits

  • Access to all NextFab locations
  • Startup-focused events and workshops
  • Business consulting and introductions to resource providers
  • Advice on product design, supply chain, and e-commerce
  • Weekly CEO roundtables and feedback sessions with NextFab staff members
  • Highlighted on NextFab’s website, during happy hours and other events

Topics covered during the program include:

  • Basic financial management for executives
  • Strategic planning
  • Operations
  • Business model innovation
  • Customer discovery
  • Social media
  • Online marketing
  • Design thinking and prototyping
  • Tax strategies for small businesses
  • IP and legal protection

This program runs from March 24, 2021 to May 21, 2021, and will be held virtually this year.


This program helps guide and navigate those just starting out and those who have been in business for years. The instructors who were brought on showed expertise. I will go further and say Earl Boyd was my favorite instructor, with Ethan Fox being a close second. The knowledge provided was invaluable and it was a joy to have the opportunity to be a part of. Gwanyan Barker of Kpelle.Designs


The artisan accelerator definitely boosted my knowledge of what it takes to scale a business. I've learned so many tools to begin building the structure of my business and the support to keep it sustainable. Jeremiah Jordan of Confetti


The NextFab Artisan Accelerator program was a great way to jumpstart my business into a more focused area of thought and direction. Cody Hughes of Untitled_Co

Idol Light

This program was super helpful for growing my network and preparing my business to take the next steps. I loved the variety and genuine nature of the advisors and participants as well as being able to openly share and receive information about current problems/successes in our businesses. The classes all connected to each other and I have a much better understanding of my customer, my business's value, and how to strategically enter into the marketplace with advertising. Thank you so much!!! Machele Nettles of Idol Light

Addi Naturals

NextFab's Accelerator program helped me scale my business by 20% in a few months. The resources, guidance and support shaped my marketing strategies, financial projections and customer segmentation.  I cannot thank NextFab, Todor, Earl and all the speakers enough. I sincerely appreciate everything you all have provided my business. Yemina Israel of Addi Naturals

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