The first step for a Sinapis entrepreneur is to complete the SINAPIS ACADEMY, our 4 month, rigorous mini-MBA designed specifically for early stage entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses. This program is practical and focused with everything an entrepreneur needs to know and nothing they don’t. Participants are expected to complete milestones during the week in their business related to what they learned in class that week. Courses cover Customers, Financials, Operations, and Human Resources/Management. Additionally, 25% of our curriculum is on Kingdom business which helps the entrepreneurs learn how to integrate their faith with their business so they can glorify God as a business leader in their industry.
Entrepreneurs attend class once a week for 6 hours where they:
• Read a localized business case about a case study hero that encounters a challenge in their business that many Sinapis entrepreneurs also face
• Learn the key business concepts they need to know to overcome this challenge
• Learn a toolkit that helps the entrepreneur apply the knowledge to their business
• Watch the case study hero apply this new knowledge to their business
• Apply the toolkit to their own business through field work assignments and report back the next week on what they learned
Between classes, entrepreneurs are expected to complete pre-work to prepare them for the next class, complete sections of their business plan such that by the end of the program they have an investment worthy plan, and complete their field work assignments.
All in all, entrepreneurs are expected to commit 20 hours per week to the program while they are running their businesses full time.
Upon completing the program, members of each graduating class are invited to submit their business proposals to Sinapis. After a thorough selection process, entrepreneurs with the most innovative and scalable ideas proceed to Sinapis’ annual Business Plan Competition, a live pitching event that brings together business owners, investors and other individuals in the entrepreneur ecosystem. The winner of the competition receives $10,000 in grant-based seed capital, and proceeds to join Sinapis’ Fast Track Fellows Program.
Outstanding finalists in the Business Plan Competition advance into an intensive 6-month program known as the Fast Track Fellows Program. Fast Track Fellows benefit from key resources such as customized mentorship from successful business owners, professional advising from experts in law, branding, accounting etc., and one-on-one support from widely experienced consultants. Fellows in the program also gain access to additional funds in the form of early stage and growth stage investment capital.
NURTURING SEEDS OF IDEAS INTO STRONG KINGDOM BUSINESSES
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“The 16-week program has the power to transform anyone’s business if the principles and skills are applied. The main takeaway for me was the importance of measurement, and the program gave me the tools I needed to track all of the key metrics to grow my business. It is hard to believe how much value is offered for so little.”
George Kinuthia – Sinapis Entrepreneur