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Application Deadline:  Midnight September 22, 2023
Cost:  $299

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.

Entrepreneur Application



Interested in mentoring? SMARTstart requires enthusiastic and experienced business owners each year. Many of our mentors return year after year.  Please see the timeline below for an idea of what goes on in the program.  Please note that all dates may not be applicable for mentors.

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.

Mentor Application Form



SMARTstart Lakeland Program Timeline

Applications Open July 2023
Information Sessions September 12th (register here)  noon to 1:00pm
September 14th (register here)  7:00pm to 8:00pm
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
Application Deadline Midnight September 22, 2023
Selection Process & Interviews September 25 to 29, 2023
Applicants Notified By October 2, 2023
Program Launch October 11, 2023
In-Person Workshops October 2023 – June 2024
Online Learning October 2023 – June 2024
Draft Plan Submitted February 28, 2024
Second Draft Plan Submitted April 17, 2024
Final Draft Plan Submitted May 15, 2024
Program Ends June 2024
Celebration Event June 19, 2024


Contact Us

If you have questions about SMARTstart Lakeland, please contact us:

SMARTstart Lakeland
Phone: 780-826-3858