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The Build Institute is a nine-week basic business startup education program for early-stage entrepreneurs. The Institute helps you identify and hone strengths and develop meaningful connections with like-minded individuals and organizations. 

Groups of up to 14 participants meet once a week for three hours. The nine-week program is delivered through these 27 education and community building hours.

Education, resources, and community building are included in the $175 participant investment fee.  Participants will receive this money back provided they have completed the program and after graduation requirements including the Next Step Plan coaching support.  The program fee includes:

      • Curriculum book and entrepreneur-led facilitation
      • Subject matter expert presentations
      • CliftonStrengths assessment
      • Next Step Plan coaching support

Who is Ready for the Build Institute?

This business planning class is designed for early-stage entrepreneurs who are ready to start or restart their businesses. 

Classes are led by trained facilitators and cover the basics of starting a business—from establishing an entity to financial literacy, market research to cash flow, loan types to cost-benefit analyses, and more.  Subject matter experts (such as lawyers, accountants, bankers, and marketing professionals) will attend several classes to help with questions and specific topics.

Participants are provided the tools to prepare their Business Plan Pitch at graduation and a Next Step Plan to connect them to other resources including the finalization of a business plan.  The program is designed to support participants' confidence to take their ideas to the next level.  Graduates become Build Alumni and continue their journey in this growing network of Northeast Indiana entrepreneurs.

The Build Institute Fort Wayne is retooling its program for 2021. If you are interested in signing up for a new class, please send the information below to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will contact you when new class signups resume.

  1. Your name and personal address
  2. Telephone number
  3. Name of your business (even if temporary)
  4. A description of your product or service