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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. The application window opens on Monday, July 19, 2021, and closes on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Artisan Accelerator Fall 2021 Schedule:

  • Application window opens on Monday, July 19th
  • Application window closes on Sunday, August 22th
  • Program starts on Wednesday, September 22th
  • Program ends on Friday, November 19th

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 September 22, 2021, to November 19, 2021, and will be a hybrid program (virtual and in-person workshops).

Asata Maisé

The Next Fab Accelerator Program provided the knowledge, resources, and community I needed to confidently run my business as an artisan. I've learned so many valuable tools that I've already begun applying to my business in only 8 weeks. Asata Beeks of Asata Maisé

LORI LOVES…

Before this program, I thought that you were either a business or an artist. Throughout these 8 weeks, I’ve learned that it’s a combination of both and both parts need equal attention. Lori Thomson of LORI LOVES...

Salvaged Woodworks

As a small business owner/entrepreneur I feel like I am working hard, wearing many hats etc. This program did a great job of letting me step back and take a look at my business with a more detached perspective. This detachment from the emotional side of being in business let me see a clearer path to determine sensible goals. Gordon Richardson of Salvaged Woodworks

Steven Dailey Studio

The Artisan Accelerator program helped me to disassociate what I "thought" and "felt" about my business and learn to practice objective review of what actually happens. From who my actual customers currently are to where I see the most income- the coaching I received taught me that what I can't quantify is not real. Steven Dailey of Steven Dailey Studio

UrsaMareaClay

After starting a small business during the pandemic, what I needed most was mentorship, support, accountability, and resources. NextFab's program provided just that. Every aspect of the Artisan Accelerator program was thoughtfully developed and successfully transitioned to running remotely...My cohort was diverse in craft and demographic, supportive to one another, and inspiring. Annette Shantur of UrsaMareaClay

Modest Transitions

Nextfab’s Artisan Accelerator program helped me grasp an understanding of a mini MBA. Everyone was very knowledgeable and passionate about their craft. I felt a part of a family and not so much competing with the other cohorts. It's an amazing program!
Melanie Hasan of Modest Transitions

Kpelle.Designs

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

Confetti

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

Untitled_Co

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

Feast Jewelry

The NextFab Artisan Accelerator program gave me exactly what I needed at exactly the right time in my businesses' trajectory. The program challenged me and provided me the necessary tools to see and respond to brand-building with a new perspective; one beyond the daily grind. Workshopping through a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs, added a wealth of personal journeys to the experience.
Adrienne Manno of Feast Jewelry

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