Milestone Makers 2023-11-14T12:37:41-08:00

Milestone Makers

Join an elite alumni of graduates in this flagship free-of-charge part time 3 month program that delivers select entrepreneurs a fully customized platform of support and market recognition.

Launched in 2016, Milestone Makers selects a small cohort of entrepreneurs to receive individualized business mentoring, coaching, training, and resources all at no cost. The goal is to help entrepreneurs set, hit, and celebrate milestones critical to company growth. Participants are matched with coaches and mentors who are leaders in their industry and given access to customized resources that meet each founder’s needs.

The Center, in partnership with our sponsors, is proud to make this 12-week program free with a pay-it-forward philosophy. Milestone Makers return to teach, share, and nominate the next cohort of great leaders.

Thematic Cohorts

The Center is pleased to announce that since 2020 Milestone Makers cohorts will focus on supporting early-to-mid stage founders working on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The program remains virtual and aims to help founders solve some of the world’s biggest problems. The Center will work with these entrepreneurs to define critical business goals and help accelerate their path to achieving them.

The Milestone Makers program cohorts are for any founder addressing many of these UN Sustainable Development Goals. See below for our upcoming cohorts.

Current Cohorts

Winter 2023

The Winter 2023 Milestone Makers cohort will support entrepreneurs focused on Peace and Justice (#16) and Reduced Inequalities (#10)

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Spring 2023

The Spring 2023 Milestone Makers cohort support entrepreneurs focused on Quality Education (#4) and Good Health & Well-being (#3).

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Summer 2023

The Summer 2023 cohort supports women entrepreneurs focused on any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and is generously sponsored and supported by Bank of the West.

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Future Cohorts

We are thrilled to announce the themes for the upcoming cohorts. Please express your interest or apply using the form below.

Fall 2023

The Fall 2023 Milestone Makers cohort supports entrepreneurs focused on:
Sustainable Cities & Communities (#11)

Affordable & Clean Energy (#7)

Applications closed August 14th at 11:59pm PT
Onboarding – Sept 5-7th (all day PT)
Graduation – December 6th

In Session

Winter 2023/2024

The Winter 2023 Milestone Makers cohort supports entrepreneurs focused on:
Quality Education for All (#4)
Decent Work and Economic Growth (#8)
and Gender equality (#5)

Applications open Sept 25th and close Oct 30th at 11:59pm PT
Onboarding – Dec 5-7th (all day PT)
Graduation – Mar 6th


Previous Cohorts

“Through the Milestone Makers program, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center offers entrepreneurs a treasure trove of resources one is able to pick from.”

Ty Walrod, Co-Founder & CEO at Bright Funds

Interested in mentorship and coaching opportunities? Visit our Teaching Community page to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a milestone?

Here’s the definition we’re using:

Mile•stone /ˈmīlˌstōn/; noun

  1. An important goal you’ve set for your business that takes time, tenacity, and more than a little creative thinking to attain.
  2. An achievement that signals your business is on its way to the next stage of growth (and that deserves celebration).

Who is this program for?

Late-early to mid-stage entrepreneurs looking to grow their business to the next level.

How do I apply?

Applications are on a rolling basis. Visit this page to learn more. Join our community to receive updates about the program.


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