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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. 

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.

Groups of up to 14 participants meet once a week for nine-weeks and is designed for early-stage entrepreneurs who are ready to start or restart their businesses. The fee for the Build Institute Entrepreneur Education program is $275.

Available 9-week classes:

  • September 16 - November 11, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Class will be held via Zoom Video -  Register Here.

  • 26 de octubre - 21 de diciembre de 2021 a partir de las 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. @ McMillen Community Center - Regístrese aquí.

Who is Ready for the Build Institute?

The 9-week course is for people who plan to open their business in the next 6-9 months and need help formulating the business around their product or service.

If your business idea is not yet ready for prime time, we recommend taking the Build Institute Ideation Workshop. This one-time 2.5-hour course is led by an experienced instructor who will walk you through a process to determine if your product or service can support a profitable and sustainable business. The fee for this workshop is $35.

Upon successful completion of this workshop, you may choose to move your elevated idea forward to SEED’s 9-week Build Institute Fort Wayne Entrepreneur Education course mentioned above. Regardless of the program you chose, Build will connect you to a network of resources specially designed for startup companies like yours. 

Available Ideation Workshops: 

  • We are currently working to schedule new classes. Keep checking here for the next scheduled class. 


“I fell in love with the program. It has a lot of resources with great support.” – David de Leon, Leon Properties Enterprise