Applications for Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator Program open now!

The Idea Accelerator—a rapid-pace, 90-day, virtual program to get your idea off the sidelines and into action. All fueled by up to $5,000 in non-dilutive Pebble Funds and powered by our partners at Heartland Forward.

We are thrilled to share that Joplin now has a new on-ramp to entrepreneurship. Powered by Heartland Forward, and local supporters MOKAN Partnership, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation, Arvest Bank-Joplin, Commerce Bank, Mercy Hospital, Mid-Missouri Bank, Anderson Engineering, Joplin has reserved spots for residents to join the national Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator program.

Applications for the Summer 2022 cohort are now open:


The Idea Accelerator is an entirely new approach to finding and funding ideas. No entity, formal business plan, or pitch deck is required. The virtual program teaches people how to test their early-stage ideas by running a rapid experiment. Then, they provide each participant up to $5,000 in non-dilutive funding to put that experiment into action and see what emerges -- from a startup that’s ready to raise seed funding or a new brick-and-mortar business to a program or playbook for solving a challenge that can be shared with other cities. In just 90 days, untapped ideas move off the sidelines and into action, creating an onramp to entrepreneurship that is accessible to everyone in our community. 


To get a sense of the types of ideas and ventures that emerge in the program, check out this short video featuring the Oklahoma City cohort.


Applications for the first Joplin cohort of the Idea Accelerator are open now. Let’s uncover the most exciting and unexpected ideas in the Joplin area, and the creative entrepreneurs, thinkers, and doers behind them! 


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