IGNITE 360® Business Mentoring Program - Fueling Business Growth

Ignite 360 Mentoring Program

Did you know that in the United States it is estimated that 20% of businesses fail in the first year, and 30% by the end of the second year?  By the end of the fifth year, about half will have failed, and by the end of the decade, only 30% of businesses will remain — a 70% failure rate.

That is why, in 2012, weVENTURE WBC began a program called the IGNITE 360® Business Mentoring Program to help equip business owners and entrepreneurs with the knowledge, resources and relationships required to solve critical business problems while advancing to the next level of sustainable growth.  IGNITE 360® is designed to help YOU beat the odds.  Connect with a weVENTURE WBC Business Coach today and see if you are ready for IGNITE 360®

IGNITE 360® PATHWAYS Business Launch Program - designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their concept into a successful business. The program includes four weeks of how-to start up instruction, followed by three weeks of intensive coaching and support. With this dual-focused strategy, you get the information you need along with the support you want to help turn your ideas into a reality and launch your start-up with greater success!  Led by weVENTURE WBC staff and featuring presentations from local subject matter experts, this is a fantastic option for entrepreneurs who want to be able to ask questions, talk through challenges and benefit from deadlines and accountability support. 

2024 Spring Cohorts:  

- En Espanol:  April 2, April 9, April 16 and April 23

- in English:  Dates to be determined

The program will be held again in English and Spanish in the Fall of 2024.  Dates TBD.

The Pathways Program covers the fundamentals of business development, from business planning and strategy development to financial management and marketing. Participants receive live instruction, take-home resources, one-on-one business coaching, access to industry experts, and a supportive community of like-minded entrepreneurs to journey along with.

**New in 2024, weVENTURE WBC has partnered with the Early Learning Coalition of Brevard to add childcare-industry-specific content to the Pathways Program.  Aspiring entrepreneurs or those managing a childcare business for two years or less will benefit from both group sessions and additional 1:1 coaching with an experienced childcare industry consultant. The childcare cohort will follow the proven weVENTURE WBC Pathways program to establish a solid foundation for their business as well as smaller group instruction tailored to this unique industry.  

So if you're ready to take your business concept to the next level, register for the Pathways Business Launch Program today. You'll gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to turn your dreams into a thriving business.

Program size is limited so don't wait - talk to your weVENTURE WBC Business Coach today!

Cost:  $80

IGNITE 360® TRANSITION was created especially for entrepreneurs and organizations that need strategy before growth or change. Transitions is a three-month mentoring program that provides the resources and accountability required to support business sustainability.  Program fee: $1,500

IGNITE 360® ADVANTAGE was created for companies that are committed to growth. Led by an experienced facilitator, the business owner(s) works with an advisory board of mentors and unique subject matter experts to define and pro-actively manage the strategic and functional change that is required for successful, profitable growth. Each session, participants work towards specific objectives that strengthens the organization financially and improves processes that build on developing the capacity of its workforce. Program fee: $2,500

IGNITE 360® PREMIER was created for large companies that are focused on transformation activities that include but are not limited to change management, exit strategies, succession plans and/or expansion. This program takes the business leader through a six-month process that instills clarity of focus and a strategic mindset toward their specific business. This customized and cumulative program seeks to close the gap between where their business is today and where they want it to be in the short term. Program fee: $4,000

weVENTURE engages more than 70 experienced mentors, subject matter experts, facilitators and volunteers who are dedicated to your success.

The IGNITE 360® Mentoring Program is a small business capacity building program that addresses finance management as a core component to addressing the issues associated with expanded business development and access to critical resources.  IGNITE 360® was developed as a proprietary program by Florida Tech committed to the growth of women owned second stage businesses in order to promote a strong, networked community of entrepreneurs to build workforce capability at different management levels, and build capacity from within to create and retain jobs, and expand product and service offerings. IGNITE 360® helps start-up and growth-oriented companies who are having certain success, but who are not yet second-stage companies and need access to mentoring, leadership development, and capital to grow. Thus, we have expanded our proprietary program to address the needs of businesses that are classified into three distinct entrepreneurial levels or phases. Companies are paired with a team of mentors who work with them over three or six months to achieve outcomes necessary to build a solid foundation for business growth.

Set Your Business Up For Sustainable Success

weVENTURE’s IGNITE 360® Business Mentoring Program has graduated 175 businesses, averaging about 20 companies per-year, and accept clients on a rolling basis. Now in its twelfth full year of service, IGNITE 360® is mentoring companies across diverse industries. Reported outcomes from the program participants are impressive: 93% of IGNITE 360® graduates created new jobs, 12% have increase in revenues >$1Million, 10% have doubled their revenues more than 50%, 20% have increased revenues up to 50%, and 28% reported significant increases in process improvement and business development which provided a stronger foundation for growth in the coming year. Perhaps most importantly, ALL are still in business - giving the program a 100% success rate! 

Participants enrolled in IGNITE 360® are looking to achieve revenue and traction for their businesses based on a client-centered, financial fundamentals, learn about lean business model strategies, understand key business concepts, identify market strategies and sales tactics, and understand basic business finance.  In order to measure results, unique goals are established for each participant and they are required to provide updates and reports on their progress on a semi-annual basis. 

This is a fee-for-service program, ranging from $40 to $3,500 depending on the length of services provided.  IGNITE 360® allows small businesses to receive in-depth, strategic business advisement at a fraction of the cost of high-priced consulting firms.  

Thanks to scholarships from community partners like the Community Foundation of Brevard, the City of Cocoa and Zonta Club of Melbourne, some clients are able to participate in the IGNITE 360® Business Mentoring Program at no cost.  Contact a weVENTURE WBC business coach today to see if you qualify.

Thanks to Bank of America for underwriting the Pathways Program, making this valuable content accessible to aspiring entrepreneurs.   Special thanks to Wells Fargo for underwriting the IGNITE 360® Business Mentoring Program, making this impactful program affordable to growing small businesses. 

Meghan Wolfgram

When Meghan first joined weVENTURE, she was navigating business growing pains, and was the only employee at SwiftPaws. By the end of 2020, SwiftPaws was a team of 6 employees, with a 300% growth rate in gross revenue, all whilst maintaining their mission of 100% assembly and fulfillment done locally in Brevard.

Jenna Williams

Jenna is the CEO of Harmony Senior Living Advisors and a two time IGNITE 360® Graduate. For Jenna, the IGNITE program brought the best of the best mentors to the table to talk about her business and goals. Since starting the programs, she has seen a 118% sales increase, and has served over 1000 families in need of finding safe and appropriate living options.

Christel Leahy-Reaves

Christel joined the IGNITE 360® Program to build her business leadership capabilities. Since joining the program, she has not only grown as a business owner, but also in confidence. The IGNITE mentors were there to define and walk through an effective hiring process, and Connected Class just hired their third employee, and saw a 270% increase in sales.

Patricia Tellechea

Patricia is the CEO and President of GIMEX USA, and has been part of several weVENTURE programs; as a graduate of Athena, IGNITE 360®, and a member of the Strategy in Action Peer Group. A constant throughout all of the programs were the incredible mentors who took the time to not only support her professional goals, but her personal success as well.