Apply to the Next Cohort
Learn about our ongoing enrollment and how you can apply to the next round of the program.
We Mean Business
SMBI was designed to help underrepresented womxn entrepreneurs gain access to business development support and startup capital. We don't just teach business theory and leave entrepreneurs to figure it out on their own. We guide entrepreneurs through the business development pipeline with a combination of self-paced learning, live instruction, collaborative learning, and mindset coaching.
A Whole Person Approach
You can't make a million dollars in your business without a Million Dollar Mindset. Throughout the program, we discuss key mindset shifts that are required to run a successful business. We also teach confidence-building strategies and offer weekly wellness tips to promote a balanced lifestyle for busy entrepreneurs.
Accountability at Our Core
If you're looking for an accountability partner, look no further. We set the bar high and expect participants to take ownership over their individual success. Our no-opt out belief leaves little room for excuses and lots of room for exponential growth. Starting a business isn't light work but we will be with you every step of the way.
Leveraging Experience to Accelerate
In SMBI, we Accelerate the Learning Curve for new business owners by leveraging the experience of seasoned SMBI Trainers. Our mission is to help womxn entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses and generate revenue as soon as possible.
How We Do It
The She Means Business Incubator Program is an all-in-one resource to bring your business idea to fruition. Our team of business development experts’ will work with you for 8 weeks to develop your business, minimize startup fees, and attain the initial success you desire.
To achieve any form of success as a young business womxn, you need to learn from others that have already been there and done it. This is what mastery requires. Our research-proven methods are what many six-figure entrepreneurs used to make them successful in their business ventures today.
The She Means Business Incubator 8-week program will help you move from the ideation phase to the startup phase faster. We focus on establishing a solid business foundation based on a core mission and pillars of individual success.
The next cohort launches in March 2021 and participants will learn how to develop profitable and scalable business models. All participants must dedicate 5-10 hours per week to successfully complete the program. The program structure is meant to be time-efficient and accessible to business owners with full-time employment.
Priority Application Deadline for Cohort 3:
February 12, 2021
April 5, 2021
Cohort 3 Orientation
April 21, 2021
Cohort 3 Begins
May 3, 2021
It's Time to Make Boss Moves
Don't waste another year trying to figure it out on your own. SMBI Trainers are standing by ready to assist. You don't have to do business alone. It's time to lean on a network of experts and finally build the business of your dreams.
Don't just take our word for it, listen to our past participants!
Frequently Asked Questions
You've got questions, we've got answers!
Yes, our mission is to create profitable womxn-led businesses.
We do not accept illegal businesses of any kind into the incubator program. Additionally, MLM (Multi-Level Marketing), Personal Brands (e.g. Influencers), Brick & Mortar, and businesses with Physical Product are not currently eligible.
SMBI primarily accepts E-Commerce (digital products and courses), Tech Startups (FinTech, EduTech & Beauty Tech), and online Service-Based businesses. Service-based businesses that offer physical (in-person) services will need to have at least 75% of their operation rendered online.
SMBI is not suitable for entrepreneurs that have been in business for more than 2 years or have operated more than 1 business within the last 10 years.
Nope, there is no application fee required for this program.
SMBI accepts early-stage womxn entrepreneurs that have been in business for 2 years or less and have made less than $10,000 in annual revenue. In general, we are looking for individuals with great ideas, passion and professionalism.
Womxn accepted into SMBI will not only represent their brands, but they will represent SMBI and our partners. Additionally, we desire to work with womxn who are responsible for their own successes and failures. SMBI does not provide “done-for-you” services. Womxn who enroll in SMBI will be expected to have an primary role in the development of their business.
The 8-week Incubator Program is a good fit for:
➡ Early-stage entrepreneurs that are in the ideation phase or have been in business for less than 2 years and have earned less than $10,000 in revenue
➡ Ambitious womxn founders willing to make a financial investment in their business
➡ Self-motivated individuals who are able to dedicate 8-10 hours to self-paced learning and attend virtual masterclasses & webinars
➡ Womxn who possess a growth mindset and take responsibility for their own failures and successes.
➡ Womxn who understand that SMBI does not provide do-it-for-you services. At no point, will SMBI staff be responsible for building physical systems & processes within your business.
The She Means Business is an intensive 8- week program for womxn who have business ideas, but don’t know how to get them off the ground. We provide business development support that gives womxn access to best business practices and “know-how”. At SMBI, we don’t think it should take you months or years to formulate a business and make your first dollar. Participants who implement our methodology are able to accelerate the new entrepreneur learning curve and growth hack their success. Participants who successfully complete the program also have an option to join our Alumni Network for ongoing support.
Nope! We believe women entrepreneurs should retain their own equity (as much as possible). Even if you create a billion-dollar company, we won’t ask for a share.
A business incubator is a company that helps new and startup companies to develop by providing services such as management training. Business incubators are catalyst tools for either regional or national economic development. SMBI specifically is on a mission to help Black & Latinx founders start profitable businesses that aide local economic growth.
Incubators support startups entering the beginning stages of building their company. The startups possess an idea to bring to the marketplace, but no business model and direction to transition from innovative idea to reality.
Accelerators advance the growth of existing companies with an idea and business model in place. These programs build upon the startups’ foundations to catapult them forward to investors and key influencers.
SMBI is a fee-based program. Program fees vary from one cohort to the next due to our sliding fee scale based on inflation and the current cost of living. On average, SMBI is more affordable than 80% of the incubators and accelerators active in the U.S.
As of January 2021, the tuition is $2500 which includes a $300 seat deposit. To inquiry about the current program fee, please contact us.
Yes, applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply and gain entry into the program.
No, our 8-week program operates in real-time. We don’t currently have the capability for participants to start and stop the program. We encourage participants to be 100% ready to join the incubator. If you feel like you are not ready at the moment, feel free to apply for a future cycle.
Our Enrollment Process
- Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If an application is approved, the candidate will receive a request to complete a virtual interview.
- Once the virtual interview is complete, applicants will receive a final decision within 24-48 hours.
- Accepted applicants must submit the $300 non-refundable seat deposit within three (3) business days.
- The full program fee is due three (3) weeks before the cohort start date.
SMBI is very interactive and requires a 8-10 hour commitment per week.
Orientation 1 hour
Self-Paced Course 4-5 hours per week
Community Forums 1.5 hours per week (Every Thursday; 8 sessions in total)
Office Hours Monday-Friday (By Appointment Only)
Accountability Pods 1 hour per week
Mindset Activities 1 hour per week
No, we do not offer refunds. All program fees including the seat deposit are non-refundable. Instead, we offer a Better Business Guarantee. We’re confident that you will see improvements in your business development within eight weeks. Not only are we confident, but we will help you celebrate. Dinner, movies, flowers, on us! We don’t want you to opt-out of success, instead, we celebrate you during the small and big wins. Earn incentives for completing weekly assignments, supporting other women, and going above and beyond. We recognize amazing SMBI participants for their contributions to the community and overall dedication to growing their business. We send posh gifts (SMBI swag, gift cards, and coveted business books) or reward you with a 1:1 profit planning session.
No, we do not offer scholarships or discounts for any of our programs or services. However, we do offer a payment plan for convenience. Individuals that would like to make smaller payments towards services can enroll in a monthly plan.