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. Workshops may be moved to Zoom if circumstances dictate.

2023 Schedule

*Sessions during the winter quarter will be virtual via Zoom
So, You Want to Start a Business?
January 4
June 21 
Starting a Business (4-week series)
January 18 - February 8
April 5 - April 26
July 5 - July 26
September 20 - October 11

Growing a Business (4-week series) 

February 22 - March 15
May 10 - May 31
August 9 – August 30
October 25 - November 15

Fall Session Registration

Session Deadline to Register Link to Register
Starting a Business (4-week series) September 20 at 9 a.m. Register

Growing a Business (4-week series)

October 25 at 9 a.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. They will also learn about the NaperLaunch Academy from instructors and past participants.