About Ascent Bootcamp

One of the most difficult problems student entrepreneurs face is building and managing a team as their companies become viable. Often, as the venture gains traction, the founding team becomes insufficient to manage its needs, and the founder must transition to a management role. The Ascent Bootcamp will provide startups on the edge of revenue with training and financial support to help them hire talent, manage a team, and develop effective leadership skills.

This pilot program will provide financial support to allow post-accelerator student ventures to hire new student team members. Support will last for the first half of the program, after which the startup should be in a position to either finance student workers via revenue or implement a sound equity-sharing solution. Student founders in the program will receive leadership training through hands-on workshops, videos, readings, and discussion groups.

Through Ascent Bootcamp, teams receive:

  • Funding to allow companies to hire students
  • Coaching from industry experts on process development
  • Hiring practices
  • Sales strategy
  • Organizational development
  • Training on leading with empathy