The LaunchBR Business Academy is focused on expanding business ownership and ultimate business success within underrepresented populations and under-invested communities by providing them with access to training, coaching, mentoring and contracting support.
“We’ve built strong relationships in the community to develop a ecosystem that can support the growth of successful small businesses in the community.”
LaunchBR uses multiple strategies to accomplish this:
- Comprehensive entrepreneurial education
- Connections to working capital
- Stand alone courses in targeted fields
- Connections to mentors and coaches
- Referrals to other resource providers
- Connections to larger contracts
- Opportunity to compete to win start up capital
The LaunchBR program focuses on companies that commit to hire from and/or perform services in North Baton Rouge, desire to build capacity, and are considered small and emerging because the business has less than $1M net worth or at least 51% ownership by persons with individual net worths of less than $400,000.
May 11, 2019 | 3pm
LaunchBR Pitch Competition
Cristo Rey Franciscan High School
4000 St. Gerard Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
“I’ve been able to do different landscaping projects which has increased my capacity financially which has allowed me to bring on another worker which puts me at a 3 man crew and… it just all ties back in to the community.”- Dezmion B.
“The power of Patch LA partnering with LaunchBR is that it gives us an opportunity to work on projects that otherwise we may not be able to have access to. It exposes communities and projects and stakeholders to green infrastructure and ways to use the landscape that otherwise they may not have been exposed to.” – Patrick M.
“All the classes were very informative and helped my business grow and become more profitable.” – Sherri L.
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