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The Lab at ICA is designed for early-stage businesses generating revenue and looking to develop a plan to strategically grow.


How It Works

The Lab at ICA gives you the tools you need to chart a roadmap towards increased profitability and growth. Our 12-week 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.

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Who Should Apply

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level—as an entrepreneur and as an employer—we want to help.

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


How it Works


Approximately 5 hours/week over the
course of 12 weeks

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

Funding Opportunity

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

Program Content

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.


Hear from our Entrepreneurs.

"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.”

— Marissa Lucero, Maker Studio SF

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

“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!”

— Sway Soturi, Forest & Flour

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

“The Lab really helped me to analyze my business in terms of the next phase of growth and what that level looks like."

— Tosca Hillman, GloGirl Cosmetics

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

“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!"

— Xenia St. Charles, Brash
Q+A with Xenia St. Charles, founder BRASH

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