Milestone Makers 2022-12-07T12:44:42-08:00

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 2021 Milestone Makers cohorts will focus on supporting early-to-mid stage founders working on the three of 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

Fall 2022

The Fall 2022 cohort will support entrepreneurs with companies focused on Quality Education for All (#4), Decent Work and Economic Growth (#8), and Gender Equality (#5).

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Winter 2023

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

In Progress

Future Cohorts

We are thrilled to announce the themes for the next few cohorts. Please express your interest in applying for one of these cohorts by using the form below.

Spring 2023

The Spring 2023 Milestone Makers cohort support entrepreneurs focused on:
Quality Education (#4)

Good Health & Well-being (#3)

Applications due February 15th by 11:59 pm PT
Onboarding – March 7-9th (all day PST)
Graduation –  June 7th

Summer 2023

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

Applications due May 17th at 11:59pm PT
Onboarding – June 6-8th (all day PT)
Graduation –  September 6th

Fall 2023

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

Affordable & Clean Energy (#7)

Applications due August 16th at 11:59pm PT
Onboarding – Sept 5-7th (all day PT)
Graduation – December 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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