We venture to ignite the power of women entrepreneurs.
We fulfill our mission by providing the following services:
No cost, one-on-one consultations
Low-cost business education seminars and workshops
IGNITE 360® Mentoring Program
Purposeful networking events
Leadership development opportunities for professional women
Since our nonprofit program was established in 2007 in Melbourne, Florida on the campus of Florida Tech, we have:
Trained over 13,000 clients
Helped over 140 business owners grow and expand their businesses through the IGNITE 360® Mentoring Program
Helped clients to create and maintain local jobs
Helped clients to increase revenues - an average of 40% for IGNITE 360® graduates
Our team of 7 staff members and over 75 volunteers work to ensure that our clients are successful unto the economic benefit of all.
In 2019-2020*, weVENTURE:
Served 654 unique clients TOTAL. Counseling, education, and group trainings
8 NEW businesses launched and clients created 86 NEW jobs
Assisted 119 busineses with accessing private funding or applying for federal loans and relief programs
308 clients attended our 21 COVID response webinars. May - Sep., and we have formed 5 Peer Groups to help support businesses in this difficult time
280 clients received 1:1 counselling for a total of 895 hours of direct counseling. 27% COVID specific and 73% general business support; of which 84% were female and 16% were male clients
30 IGNITE clients graduated the program in 2019-2010, up from 21 in 2018-2019. 18 sponsored by CARES funding, at no cost to them
454 individuals registered for 2020 Virtual IMPACT Summit and a dozen watch parties were hosted
7 GEMS program graduates and 12 emerging leaders graduated from ATHENA NextGen Leadership Program
View Our 2019-2020 Annual Report
*Our SBA program year runs Oct. - Sept.