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The Fordham Accelerator for Business
An Innovative Resource Supporting Entrepreneurs and Startup Ventures

The Fordham Accelerator for Business, sponsored by the Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration, provides educational resources and a portfolio of programs and services designed to prepare aspiring entrepreneurs to launch a business. Services offered span the entire process of new business development, from idea development through new business incubation.

Who Can Attend:
These programs are open to the entire Fordham Community, including undergraduate and graduate students of any discipline, as well as alumni, veterans, faculty, staff, parents, and friends. Many programs are also appropriate for professionals already running a business who want to pivot, launch a new product, or get a skills refresher.

Class sizes are limited to maximize personal attention, and a nominal fee is charged.

Students who wish to obtain academic credit must secure an independent study with a faculty advisor.

The Accelerator’s flagship clinic, Fordham Startups, launched in 2011, offers an intensive “Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp.” The first program of its type at Fordham, Startups provides a concentrated "how-to" program designed to prepare entrepreneurs of all ages to launch or build a business.

Fordham Accelerator for Business Programs vary by semester, with new programs being launched and tested based on current markets and student feedback. In addition to Startups, other programs include Idea Gym, Leadership and Business Development Boot Camp, Explore, Develop, Operating and Marketing Plan Development, and a variety of events on topics of interest to entrepreneurial audiences, such as IP Management, Hiring a Team, and Product Sourcing.

Summer 2014 PROGRAMS


Fordham Startups is a pre-incubator program designed to educate, support, and inspire entrepreneurs of all ages who want to launch a business.

Start your own business with hands-on learning and mentoring from advisors and industry experts, a business plan toolkit, feedback from other entrepreneurs, and a business plan presentation mock pitch. Learn new business development, from idea development through new business incubation.

The program is designed for people with ideas who want to move them forward to building a business and market. The intensive format will address all primary areas of the business plan.

Summer 2014 Class Dates, Times & Location:
Class meets Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 – 9 p.m.
May 13-14; May 20-21; June 3-4; June 10-11; June 17-18; June 24-25; July 1-2
All sessions will be held in Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center Campus
Instructor: Sean Branagan

Open to the Fordham Community and Beyond:
including undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, family, and friends in the Metro New York area.

Register for Startups online

Cost: $400

For More Information:
Please contact Jean Howard, Program Director at


Designed for pragmatic small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to learn how to plan, organize, and deliver their business idea to market. Sponsored by the Fordham Accelerator for Business and American Business Strategies (a veteran-owned business).

Summer 2014 Class Dates, Times & Location:
Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
May 17 – June 28
Fordham Westchester Campus
Cost: $500

Register for Business Boot Camp online

For More Information:
Please contact Jean Howard, Program Director at


Fordham Accelerator for Business Spring/Summer 2014 Programs (tentative schedule)

March-April: “Stories from the Field” Brown Bag Lunch Series – weekly lunches with entrepreneur mentors. Sign up on Symplicity.

March 26: Presentation and Business Pitch Workshops Pitch Yourself! Develop an elevator pitch to introduce yourself. ;

March 29: Presentation and Business Pitch Workshops Investor Pitch Development
Register for Pitch Workshop online

April 28: Business Plan/Pitch Competition Teams compete to pitch their business to a group of investors for prizes totalling $25,000 in cash or in-kind services.

May-June: Business Boot Camp Workshop in partnership with American Business Strategies

May-July: Fordham Startups

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