NaperLaunch Academy

The NaperLaunch Academy offers a focused curriculum to help entrepreneurs develop fundamental business knowledge and learn the “lean startup process.” Schedules, registration links, and session descriptions are listed below. 

All sessions meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the coworking space at the Nichols Library unless otherwise indicated. 

2024 Schedule

*Sessions during the winter quarter will be virtual via Zoom
So, You Want to Start a Business?
January 10*
June 26
Starting a Business (4-week series)
January 24 - February 14*
April 10 - May 1
July 10 - July 31
September 25 - October 16

Growing a Business (4-week series) 

February 28 - March 20*
May 15 - June 5
August 14 - September 4
October 30 - November 20

Winter Session Registration

Session Deadline to Register Link to Register
Starting a Business (4-week series) January 23 at 9 p.m. Register

Growing a Business (4-week series)

February 28 at 12 p.m.

Session Descriptions

This introductory session is intended for anyone who is thinking about starting their own business or curious about the services offered by NaperLaunch and SCORE Fox Valley. Participants will engage in a self-assessment of their entrepreneurial skills and consider some basic questions for which every aspiring entrepreneur should have a clear answer.