Call to Apply
We are seeking 12 entrepreneurs interested in building an
innovative advanced fabric business in the US. We will be accepting
applications on a rolling basis until January 16, 2017. The year-long program
will launch in February 2018, with monthly sessions held near Central Square,
Cambridge MA. If you are passionate about the world of entrepreneurship and
commercializing important innovations in the advanced fabrics space
domestically, we encourage you to apply. If you
have any questions, please contact Beth Kahn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection Criteria and Application Process
The entrepreneurs will be chosen
through a competitive process overseen by a selection committee. Finalists will
be notified, and in-person interviews scheduled with the selection
Participants must be able to commit 8 hours a
week (the program intends to minimize its impact on your day job, thus most
activities will be held in the evenings and/or weekends) for the length of the
program, and must be able to attend the program in person in Cambridge MA.
There is no degree or minimum age requirement. Participants in the program must
have the appropriate citizenship clearance in order to participate in an
educational program. Each participant in the program must be committed to
starting their company in the US, the program is not intended for launched
In our review of your application, we will be examining the
with advanced fabrics product space
are interested in personal attributes including:
- Demonstration of commitment to exploring
- Resourcefulness, business judgement, and
ability to engage partners
- Need for advanced business
- Demonstration of maturity, competency,
engagement and communication and leadership skills
participation in business training programs a plus but not necessary
or teams may apply, one entry per team. There are three parts to the
application for AFEP:
- Fill out an on-line application in which they
will outline details about their team, their idea, the problem they are
trying to solve, how they were inspired to solve this problem, their
proposed solution, and how they believe this solution might support a
sustainable, stand-alone business.
- Provide a video in the application. This
one-minute video should contain two elements:
- Team – who you are, what you do, why
you’re on the team (each member should be included).
- Idea – provide a short story about the
problem you are trying to solve, your proposed solution, and why you feel
passionate about this.
- Provide a resume/CV and two (2) letters of
- Recommendations should offer a perspective on
your work, character and interaction with others, and address your viability
as an entrepreneur, as well as the viability of the idea.
application materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Preliminary Program Schedule:
Interviews with Selection Committee
2/5 to 2/9/2018
Welcome Reception (AFFOA HQ evening event)