We connect entrepreneurs to high-quality services for small businesses and startups. Our committed group of Trusted Service Providers makes it easy for our entrepreneurs to address critical issues and build relationships with professional provider firms, including attorneys, accountants, human resources, financial services, and other specialties. What’s more, these partners contribute discounts and pro-bono services to make their support affordable for companies of all stages.
Our Mentor Bank gives entrepreneurs access to our powerhouse network of industry leaders and experienced entrepreneurs. Mentor Bank advisors volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per year through 30-minute calls, during which they provide on-demand guidance and advice to entrepreneurs seeking their expertise. Entrepreneurs who use our Mentor Bank save valuable time and energy by getting answers to their most pressing business-related questions from the people who have "been there, done that." Apply to access our Mentor Bank below.
Looking to get plugged into the Blue North network? Schedule a 30-min Wayfinding meeting with a member of our team! These meetings are meant to quickly assess your top three needs and get you connected to the resources to fill them. In the spirit of accessibility, we offer both in-person and virtual options for Wayfinding meetings.
Blue North has partnered with the nationally-recognized CO.STARTERS program to expand early entrepreneurship education in Northern Kentucky. The nine-week business boot camp gives local business owners an approachable curriculum and tools to further develop their business ideas with the support of fellow “Starters” and experienced entrepreneurs in their communities. Click below to learn more about the program and upcoming cohorts.
To fulfill its goal of providing companies in the region with greater access to capital. Blue North hosts ad-hoc in-person and virtual Office Hours for angel and VC funds looking for deal flow. The investors in our network are located throughout the U.S. in Cincinnati, Columbus, Chattanooga, New York, and San Francisco, to name a few. Submit your company information for upcoming in-person and virtual Investor Office Hours. If your company is a match for the investors in our network, then we'll reach out with next steps.
The Blue North team meets regularly with entrepreneurs and small business owners at all stages through 1:1 Office Hours, providing in-depth guidance and relevant connections. Unlike our Wayfinding Meetings, Office Hours sessions provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to deep-dive into specific topics, including business models, customer discovery, testing ideas for new products and services, marketing strategy, investor pitch decks, and using technology to streamline and scale their businesses. Use the links below to schedule an Office Hours session with our team. In the spirit of accessibility, we offer both in-person and virtual options for Office Hours sessions.
Through How I Made It events, the community gathers quarterly to hear the stories, successes, and failures of founders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs in a laid-back setting focused on learning and connections. We sandwich these quarterly fireside chats between two hours of intentional networking to help create authentic relationships that build a more vibrant and entrepreneur-friendly community.
Startup Saturday is a high-energy, fast-paced, one-day event where Northern Kentucky high school students work in “Squads” with 2-3 professional creatives who serve as Coaches. Coaches help their Squads complete and pitch creative and tech-based projects that solve real challenges faced by local small businesses and startups. Project examples include mobile app designs, one-page websites, logos, and social media and marketing campaigns. We end the day with a “Shark Tank” style pitch contest, where students present their projects to a panel of judges for a chance to win one of three prize packages.
Formerly known as UPSTART, Make It Here Fest is Blue North’s annual entrepreneurship and creative festival. Plans for 2020 are currently underway.
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