A Head Start for Entrepreneurs

Start:ME is an entrepreneurship accelerator program modeled after an Atlanta based program designed by Emory University. The program provides participants with 14 weeks of business training, allowing participants to develop their business plans, foster relationships with clients and stakeholders, and present their businesses to potential lenders. This program is an initiative to help Spartanburg natives start successful small businesses within the community. 

At the end of the 14-week program, peers will vote for businesses they feel are ready to be awarded a loan up to $5,000 that will help build or grow their business. As part of graduation, entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to share their businesses services and products at the Start:ME Showcase as part of the Farmers’ Market at Harvest Park. 

Start:ME is going into it's 4th year. There are over 50 alumni members. We hope that you will be next to apply and be accepted into the program. The application portal will open on October 1, 2019. The deadline to submit your application for Start:ME is Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 8pm.

If you would like to read more about Start:ME please check out Start:ME’s website.


Recruitment for the 2020 Start:ME participants will begin on October 1st, 2019.

To apply for future sessions, call NDG at 864-598-0097


Start:ME Participant Guides