The Lab at ICA is designed for early-stage businesses generating revenue and looking to develop a plan to strategically grow.
The Lab at ICA gives you the tools you need to chart a roadmap towards increased profitability and growth. Our month-long accelerator program is designed to help you strengthen your existing business model, stabilize operations, establish a path for growth, and get ready to take on capital.Apply Now
If you’re ready to take your business to the next level—as an entrepreneur and as an employer—we want to help. Take a look at our criteria to see if The Lab at ICA is the right fit for you.
If you have more questions, read the FAQ.
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High-potential, early-stage businesses
Currently generating revenue
In operation for a minimum of one year
Focused on strategic growth and fundraising in the next 12 to 18 months
Ready and able to fully participate (about 20 hours over the course of 1 month)
Approximately 20 hours over the
course of one month
Program format includes group workshops, peer-to-peer support, and office hours
We accept two cohorts a year—one in the spring and one in the fall
All companies that complete the Lab at ICA are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 in seed capital from ICA’s Growth Fund
Business Structure & Business Model Evaluation: Optimize your business structure and model in preparation for raising capital, strategic growth, and success.
Path to Profitability: Create a plan to reach or increase current
Growth Visioning: Strengthen your growth vision and identify the resources needed to achieve it.
Capital Readiness: Explore and learn about the types of capital needed to support your growth vision.
"Starting a business is lonely, but joining the ICA Accelerator program connected me with other business folks to talk honestly about the challenges that keep us up at night. The experience was priceless.”
“The Lab was more than I could have asked for. The program made me realize that my dream business is doable. That every business is unique and I can grow in a unique way. The facilitators and experts helped me unravel my potential. Now I have new confidence in taking the next step to bring Forest & Flour to new heights!”
“The Lab really helped me to analyze my business in terms of the next phase of growth and what that level looks like."
“When I came into ICA's accelerator, I honestly was petrified … With the support of the ICA team I created a detailed plan for how I plan to address my areas of concern and position my business for growth and success! I feel so excited and supported and I cannot wait to tackle each month's goal head on with the ICA team behind me!"