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MBXax Venture Development Course 2021

Published Monday, April 26, 2021

Ready to start or grow your business? 

MatchBOX is currently accepting applications for a 12-week acceleration course that begins in June 2021. 

Cohort participants will meet for sessions 2x/week over the summer, working through curriculum, meeting with mentors and business professionals, leaning on other cohort members and staff for support and feedback, and taking their entrepreneurial endeavors to the next level. 

We'll also provide coworking membership throughout the course, logo development, a starter library of resources, landing page development, access to discounted software products, opportunities for microgrant project assistance, and more.


The program will cover six distinct sprints with related speakers, mentors, and curriculum: 

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT                                  OPS & LEGAL

MARKETING & SALES                         FUNDING & FINANCIALS


Cost of the program is $499 for the general public, $199 for MatchBOX members. 

Payment plans and a limited number of scholarships are available. Please let us know if you would like to participate in the program but are facing financial barriers. 

Questions? Email Ready to apply? Click here to get started!

Check out this video of MBXax past participants to learn more

*The course will run for 12 weeks beginning the first week of June, with sessions scheduled on Tuesdays from 530 - 630 p, Thursdays from 12 - 1 p. At this time, we are anticipating sessions being virtual at the beginning of the program, with options for hybrid meetings, and will maintain the ability for participants to participate virtually as long as necessary to ensure safety. Missing multiple sessions will be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Fellow members:

Revisioning the concept of traditional work environments and moving to a collaborative space has been an amazing opportunity for our organization to remain engaged with our constituents and expand our connections in the community.

—Kitty Campbell

"MatchBOX is helping my company (One Fact) survive and prosper. The affordable space is only the start. It is the connection with the other co-coworkers that is proving helpful. MatchBOX gets a share of credit for any success One Fact sees in 2017!”

—Cortland Starrett

MatchBOX is where I met some of my newest best friends, Amanda, Emily, Matt, Ed, and sometimes Ryan. It's conveniently located near Kathy's candies and a bunch of places to get drinks during lunch. Could use a couple more Pokestops though.

<3 Austin Toombs

MatchBOX has provided an incredible opportunity for getting my work done, collaborating with others (at least 4 projects so far), hosting meetings for organizations I'm part of, and meeting other independent contractors in the area. The feel and ambience of the place just adds to the fabulous workplace -- not to mention the coffee and snacks! I have friends around the country who are jealous of our MatchBox space.

—Johanna Merritt Wu

My Enactus Purdue team got a tour of this studio recently. The environment is outstandingly innovative! Everyone there is incredibly friendly and hospitable and passionate about what they are doing. What a great place to see opportunity in the city of Lafayette!

—Acaimie Catron (from Facebook)

There is such a positive, creative vibe to this space. I participated in Lafayette Writers' Studio events and classes at MatchBOX fall, 2016. It is easy to access, convenient to downtown Lafayette and parking is not difficult in its area of town.

—Sandra B. (from Yelp)