Incubator program for entrepreneurs coming back

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:11 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - GOTopeka’s 12-week business development “Wheelhouse Incubator” program is returning for its 2021 spring/summer session on June 14.

Program Director Karen Lane Christilles said it’s designed to help founders and entrepreneurs scale up their businesses through 1-to-1 mentor relationships, meetings, and networking opportunities.

Participants will have access to the GrowthWheel, an internationally proven cloud-based tool for business decision making and action, and will receive help designing a plan to streamline company growth and profits among other tips from established entrepreneurs.

She hoped this will help those business owners, who range from operating for three years to 30, create bonds and help Topeka grow. As well as have many business owners discuss how they overcame COVID-19 and are looking to continue growing.

The participants had to pay a fee after applying and being accepted, but they were covered by COVID-19 funds.

“The Wheelhouse Incubator opens doors for entrepreneurs that may not have been readily available,” said Katrin Bridges, SVP of innovation, GO Topeka. “Entrepreneurs are already hustling non-stop to make that next connection or get that leg up in the industry. This program will allow these individuals to refocus their energies as the needed resources come to them directly.”

The spring/summer cohort will conclude with a graduation ceremony on August 27. Applicants may apply for the program at

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