Sinapis’ Entrepreneur Academy is an intensive, 4-month MBA alternative designed to accelerate training for entrepreneurs with businesses in the seed stage to the growth stage.
You’ll receive executive-level training developed in partnership with Acton School of Business, a leading MBA program designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. We’ve distilled their program into a 16-week curriculum and integrated real-life insights from our experience at Harvard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, McKinsey & Company, and Ernst & Young.
“I highly recommend this Entrepreneurship course if you want to take your business to the next level and also grow it in a godly way. Sinapis is the place to be.” – Lorna A., Kenya
You will learn key business concepts for sales, finance, management, human resources, operations, and leadership. And 25% of the curriculum focuses on Kingdom Business, which helps you understand how to integrate your faith with your business to glorify God, develop a successful work culture, and create social and spiritual impact both within and beyond your business.
Sinapis’ Entrepreneur Academy takes a fraction of the time and cost of a traditional MBA program without all of the theory that entrepreneurs don’t need and don’t have time for. Many alumni say it’s one of the best investments they’ve made, and they wish they had done it sooner. They learned how to save time, avoid mistakes, and accelerate growth.
What to Expect
Live, in-person, interactive sessions
Sinapis is big on relationships. Community with the right mentors, peers, and support network is vital. So from the start, classes are live, in-person, interactive sessions where you engage with others in debates, live simulation games, and problem sets.
On average 15 hours per week for 4 months
The Entrepreneur Academy is offered in different formats, which can vary by cost, structure, and weekly commitment. For instance, some classes may be structured around evenings or weekends. Or an executive format may condense class time into 3 consecutive 8-hour days every month for 4 months. On average you should expect to spend 15-20 hours per week across class time, fieldwork, and study.
Explores challenges tailored with local case studies
The curriculum is tailored with local case studies exploring challenges that you are actually likely to face. You will receive the key business concepts to overcome the challenge and a toolkit to apply the knowledge to your business.
Pre-built scholarship into the cost of tuition
While pricing varies by country, we’ve essentially pre-built a scholarship into the cost for you. Sinapis, Acton School of Business, and generous donors have subsidized the cost so that an entrepreneur’s participation isn’t based on if they can afford tuition but rather if they have the grit to complete 4 months of rigorous training. The highest performing entrepreneurs may also receive tailored advisory, help in raising capital, ongoing mentorship, and additional opportunities to accelerate their businesses.
Business Plan Competition
Throughout the Entrepreneur Academy, entrepreneurs work to develop and refine an investment-worthy business plan. Upon graduation, these entrepreneurs are invited to submit their business proposals to Sinapis’ annual Business Plan Competition.
If selected, they compete in a live event to pitch their business to a panel of business leaders, influencers, and investors. The winner receives $10,000 in grant-based seed capital. And in participating countries, outstanding finalists are invited to join Sinapis’ Fast Track Fellows business accelerator program.
Fast Track Fellows
Fast Track Fellows is an intensive, invitation only 6-month business accelerator program offered in select cities for graduates of the Entrepreneur Academy.
You will receive one-on-one mentorship from a leader in your industry as well as from industry experts in branding, law, and accounting. Learn directly from business owners and professionals who have gone before you. This type of consulting would generally cost too much to hire, but these mentors believe in you and want to invest in the next generation of leaders.
You will also unlock opportunities and access to investment capital. Whenever possible, you will be given introductions, opportunities, and support in the investment process. And you’ll learn how to identify and create opportunities on your own, too!