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. Workshops may be moved to Zoom if circumstances dictate.

2022 Schedule

So, You Want to Start a Business?
Jan. 5
June 22 
Starting a Business (4-week series)
Jan. 19 - Feb. 9 
April 6 - April 27 
July 6 - July 27 
Sept. 21 - Oct. 12

Growing a Business (4-week series) 

Feb. 23 - Mar. 16
May 11 - June 1 
Aug. 17 - Sept. 7 
Oct. 26 - Nov. 16

Fall Session Registration

Session Deadline to Register Link to Register
So, You Want to Start a Business? n/a n/a
Starting a Business (4-week series) Sept. 21 Register

Growing a Business (4-week series)

Oct. 26

Session Descriptions

  1. So, You Want to Start a Business?

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. 

  1. Starting a Business Series
  1. Growing a Business