Belay Enterprises is looking for early-stage founders with businesses that seek to transform lives and love the community for our new Venture Partners Program. This program matches early-stage founders with a mentoring group of 3-5 business leaders. These cohorts will meet with the entrepreneur monthly to provide high-impact advice and a forum for working through challenges.
The Belay Enterprises’ team will also offer targeted training and support to increase the performance of the businesses. In addition, the selected founders will receive a start-up financial investment to empower business growth. All together, this investment of mentoring, technical expertise, and financial resources aims to increase the impact and effectiveness of the new ventures. In April of 2019, we will host our first Venture Partners event where we will match 3 to 5 founders with mentor teams.
Our new program builds on Belay’s own history of incubating 6 ventures over the last 19 years that employ individuals rebuilding lives. We hope that by supporting talented new founders in scalable for-profit ventures, we will encourage the transformative power of business in our community.
Belay is convinced that for-profit businesses are the best vehicle to create opportunity and jobs. This is especially true in communities where individuals are struggling with barriers to employability like homelessness where a good job is the best way to overcome poverty. But what is often overlooked is the value of the business owner's creativity and talent leading to the the creation of good jobs. An entrepreneur's passion for his or her employees, customers, and the community brings about the environment for the transformation of a community.
And in some cases, entrepreneurship can transform, even more directly, the futures of people rebuilding their own lives from homelessness and prison by turning their own inherent entrepreneurial skills into businesses that support their individual families. The Venture Partner Program plans to directly invest mentoring and financial resources in start-up ventures with a special focus on new businesses that encourage employment in the trades like cabinet manufacturing, welding, and construction services.
At Belay Enterprises, we are passionate about the life-changing potential of start-up businesses being founded by followers of Christ. If you are an early stage founder interested in learning more or an established Christian business leader interested in mentoring, visit here.