Fall 2019 Innovator's Journey Program (InJ Program) Application: ECSU Edition

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About the InJ Program

The Innovator’s Journey Program (InJ Program) is a 6-week learning program is an innovative business method for educating entrepreneurs. The InJ training is a hybrid approach (in-person and online) that allows the entrepreneur to navigate through a standard workflow, complete business canvas submissions, and get feedback to advance innovation.  The entrepreneurial training focuses on four business canvases that prepares and equips the participant to communicate their entrepreneurial intentions and needs more effectively. Innovators will walk away with a portfolio of canvases that can assist the entrepreneur in positioning themselves for larger business opportunities, access to capital, and better prepared to be more productive in business coaching and counseling sessions. 


CSBDF is a statewide nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which provides small business loans and financial training to start-ups and existing businesses along with policy research that supports small businesses.  Since 1990, CSBDF has offered services to create economic opportunities for small businesses and their entrepreneurs throughout the North Carolina.  CSBDF's primary activities include small business lending, business services (technical assistance), expanded outreach programs and policy research.

Before You Begin

The information being asked below in the application is being collected and reviewed by Carolina Small Business Development Fund for consideration to be accepted into the six-week Innovator’s Journey program held at the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.  The questions asked will be used solely for selecting participants and collecting data for tracking, monitoring, and reporting purposes to ensure compliance. As it relates to the demographic section, you are not required to furnish this information, but you are encouraged to do so.  CSBDF’s private funders have requested that all potential program participants answer these questions because they are interested in understanding the community-level impact of their corporate philanthropy.  If you do not wish to furnish the following information, select the 'Decline to State' option. Like other questions you may choose to answer, any information you provide is confidential. Information may be reported to funders when we are required to do so, but at no time will the information be publicly accessible.


If you experience or encounter any issues or errors with the application, for technical support, please contact Germaine McIver-Cherry at gmcherry@carolinasmallbusiness.org. 


Note: The Application DEADLINE is SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

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Demographic Information (Optional)
The following information is requested by Carolina Small Business Development Fund. CSBDF’s private funders have requested that all potential program participants answer these questions because they are interested in understanding the community-level impact of their corporate philanthropy.  If you do not wish to furnish the following information, select the 'Decline to State' option. Like other questions you may choose to answer, any information you provide is confidential.  Information may be reported to funders when we are required to do so, but at no time will the information be made publicly accessible.