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May 22, 2023 11:59 pm

About this idea
JPJ Business Incubator is a leading-edge program designed to empower and support aspiring entrepreneurs at Ferris State University and the Big Rapids community. Our mission is to help students who are interested in entrepreneurship but may not yet have a concrete idea, by providing them with the knowledge, resources, and connections needed to launch and grow successful businesses. Unlike traditional business incubators, we recognize that many individuals have the potential to become successful entrepreneurs but lack the guidance and support to get started. That's why our Master Mind program offers a collaborative environment where students can learn alongside their peers through competitions, bootcamps, workshops, and mentorship opportunities. Our incubator is not just limited to campus resources, but also connects students with off-campus mentors and industry experts to further their professional development. We offer fast-paced digital content to keep students up-to-date with the latest trends and strategies in entrepreneurship. By joining JPJ Business Incubator, students can accelerate their entrepreneurship skills and experience, gaining the tools and knowledge needed to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality. Whether you have a business idea or not, our incubator is here to support you every step of the way.
Impact
As JPJ Business Incubator, we are committed to making a meaningful impact on society by nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in students and empowering them to achieve their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs. What sets us apart is our unique model of operation that caters to students who may not yet have a specific business idea but possess the ambition and potential to become successful entrepreneurs. Unlike traditional business incubators that require entrepreneurs to have a fully formed business idea, we recognize that not all students may have a concrete idea at the start. We believe that entrepreneurship is about more than just having a business idea; it's a mindset, a way of thinking and approaching challenges with creativity and innovation. We aim to cultivate this mindset in students who have the passion and drive for entrepreneurship but may need guidance and support in shaping their ideas. Through our Master Mind program, we provide a collaborative environment where students can learn alongside their peers, gain access to entrepreneurial knowledge, and participate in competitions, bootcamps, and workshops to enhance their skills. Our experienced mentors, both on and off campus, offer guidance and expertise to help students develop their entrepreneurial potential, even if they do not have a specific business idea yet. Our unique approach allows us to reach a diverse range of students and unlock their potential to become successful entrepreneurs, regardless of whether they have a business idea at the outset. By fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and providing the necessary resources and support, we empower students to take their first steps towards realizing their entrepreneurial dreams. The impact of our model goes beyond individual students. By nurturing a new generation of entrepreneurs, we contribute to economic growth and innovation in our community and society at large. We believe that every aspiring entrepreneur deserves a chance to succeed, and our unique approach allows us to provide that opportunity to students who may have a dream and potential but may not yet have a specific business idea.
What I'll do with $5,000
We are seeking funding in the amount of $5,000 to support our company's initial marketing expenses, accounting needs, and competition costs. The majority of the funds, approximately 69% of our budget, will be allocated towards marketing efforts. This will include purchasing networking event equipment, website development, and other promotional materials to establish a strong brand presence. Additionally, we estimate that 21% of the budget will be used for competition expenses, including awards and related materials. The remaining 10% of the budget will be allocated towards accounting fees to formally organize our business as a legal entity. With a total budget of approximately $4,800, we will have all the necessary resources to establish our organization and commence operations. Any surplus funds will be reinvested into the company to further expand our operations and increase our impact. Without the $5,000 funding, we anticipate it will take us approximately 4 months to break even, assuming we are able to secure alternate sources of initial funding. However, without this $5,000, our likelihood of successfully launching our business is significantly diminished. We are confident that with the support of this funding, we will be able to effectively execute our marketing strategy, develop competitions to attract customers, and establish our business as a legal entity. The $5,000 will provide us with the necessary financial foundation to get our business off the ground and set us on the path to success. We are excited about the potential of our company and are committed to utilizing the funds wisely to achieve our business goals. We sincerely appreciate your consideration and support in helping us bring our vision to reality. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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About John Wade

I am an honors student at Ferris State University. I'm majoring in accounting, and I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2024. I will have my 150 credits upon graduation, and I plan to sit for the CPA exam directly after. I am the President of the Accounting Association at Ferris and I'm involved in many other organizations.

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