The other business owners actually empower me to keep going when times get tough.

Falesha Martin

Business Start-Up Idea Incubators

Planning for Business, Planning for Impact

The Women’s Business Center at ASSETS is proud to offer the Business Start-up Idea Incubator (formerly know as the Learning Circle) several times a year. Got a great business idea? Or in the start-up phase and looking to refine your business plan and interact with like-minded entrepreneurs? Do you want to use your business to positively impact your community? If so, our Business Start-up Idea Incubator may be right for you. This training program is set up to meet your needs as you plan to successfully launch your business.

While extra consideration is given to specific challenges and issues for women entrepreneurs, our programs serve all – women, men, and racial and ethnic minorities.

Apply for the Spring 2020 Idea Incubator!

Spring 2020 10-Week Business Start-Up Idea Incubator: March 4th – May 6th
  • Application Opens: November 27th, 2019
  • Application Deadline:  Friday, February 14th, 2020 at 11:59 pm
  • Idea Incubator Cohort selection: Tuesday, February 18th
  • Idea Incubator 10-week Class Fee: $200
  • Fall Idea Incubator Cohort: March 4th – May 6th. Attendance at all classes is required.
  • Classes: Cohort sessions are held every Wednesday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Location: ASSETS Headquarters, 100 S. Queen Street, Lancaster

Our 10-week Business Start-up Idea Incubator includes more in-depth curriculum that teaches entrepreneurs not only how to map out a great idea, but also how to launch their business successfully. 

Apply here!

*This Idea Incubator is a prerequisite for the 2020 Great Social Enterprise Pitch competition, so it includes additional education on integrating social and environmental impact through your business model. 

ASSETS has created Idea Incubators to provide business development courses for entrepreneurs in the Lancaster area. This unique program offers an interactive and conversational way for a group of aspiring entrepreneurs to learn and work through the early stages of the business planning process, while creating the types of positive relationships and networking which is essential for small business owners. Upon completion, participants will leave with an externally-critiqued business plan, an outline for community impact, and an understanding of what thier next steps should be.

How Idea Incubators Work

Who can participate?

Business Start-Up Idea Incubators are open to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to develop a business idea into a business plan.

As part of the training, 15 business ideas will be chosen to enter a series of workshops which will help develop and build a business plan. Prospective entrepreneurs must fill out an online application prior to the deadline.

How much does it cost?

The total cost is $200

How long is the commitment?

The Women's Business Center hosts several Idea Incubators per year. The cohorts meet on a weekly basis for three hours for five to ten weeks. Attendance at all classes is required.

What will be expected of me?

the Idea Incubator cohort is expected to have a business idea and attend weekly workshops on how to develop their business plan. As a participating entrepreneur in the training, you are expected to come eager to build you business idea and grow your plan on a weekly basis. In order to capitalize on the course, attendance and participation is a must!

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ADA: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact us at or 717-393-6089

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.