A graduate from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics created a 12-week business education course called First Founder’s Acceleration that is now being funded by New Castle County.
The program was created to help new entrepreneurs learn how to pitch their business idea, find funding, and create a business plan.
Program creator, Gary Johnson, finds entrepreneurship empowering and created First Founder’s Acceleration because not every entrepreneur has the access to educational tools needed to succeed.
“Not only did I see value in it for myself, but I also knew that there were people in the community who also had ideas or were already entrepreneurs but didn’t have the same access to a high-quality education as that,” said Johnson.
New Castle County was able to provide $10,000 and additional matching in-kind grands were made from area-entrepreneurial groups.
This is not the first educational initiative New Castle County has worked on. Three months prior, the county received a $250,000 grants from the Youth Workforce Fund to provide job opportunities for the area’s youth and reduce youth unemployment.