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From Maker to Market

From Maker to Market, FPL's new micro-entrepreneurship program, is here to serve the blossoming entrepreneurship community in Northwest Arkansas. Everyone is invited to apply!

Applications for the January session will be accepted through May 31.


Applications will be scored based on a list of criteria so please review the information below to determine if your product is a right fit for the program.  In order to be considered, you must: 
+ Have begun writing their business plan or the plan for their prototype 
+ Be available for weekly evening and weekend classes for 12 weeks 
+ Be able to make a working version of their product with the tools available in the Center for Innovation  

The program consists of two parts: a skills training and product prototyping, followed by an idea, business and funding development phase which will be open to graduates of Phase 1. Each phase runs for six weeks on evenings and weekends. 

Applications for the third session will be accepted through May 31.

Phase 1 – Skills Training & Product Prototyping

+ In-depth trainings of tools available in the Fabrication and Robotics Lab
+ Opportunities for in-depth prototype development
+ Will remove many existing barriers entrepreneurs face when trying to launch a product

Phase 2 – Idea, Business & Funding Development

+ An overview of real-life business development topics (ex. identifying your target audience, writing a business plan, discovering funding options, creating and registering trademarks, marketing)
+ Headshots in the Center for Innovation’s photography studio

Application scoring
+ Product description (20 points) 
+ Business plan viability (20 points) 
+ Attendance (20 points) 
+ Date of business launch and post-product launch reporting (20 points)  
+ Ability to build a complete prototype with Center For Innovation tools (10 points)
+ Fundraising experience (10 points)

Click here for an application in Marshallese.

We do not currently have the dates for our next session.

We will update this page with the application once we have more information.