Traditional thinking suggests that environmentalism has little to do with entrepreneurship or economic profits. However, environmental entrepreneurs, or “enviropreneurs,” are increasingly solving environmental conflicts using contracts, property rights, and markets. PERC’s Enviropreneur Institute is at the forefront of this transition.
The Enviropreneur Institute is an accelerator for entrepreneurs with intent to use markets and business opportunities to enhance environmental quality. The Institute gives Fellows the opportunity to:
- develop key entrepreneurial skills and learn from a diverse faculty of practicing enviropreneurs;
- acquire market and customer validation techniques to learn, launch, and grow an idea into a market;
- dig into the successes and struggles of practicing enviropreneurs who have honest experiences to share;
- be mentored by a rich group of more than 200 PERC alumni working on similar projects around the world;
- scale and grow profitable conservation businesses or market-based environmental policies; and
- have the opportunity to pitch your startup to investors, advisors, and successful business leaders.
Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Institute will take place in Bozeman, MT July 7-12, 2015.
The curriculum for the Enviropreneur Institute is designed to provide educational and classroom experiences, practical entrepreneurial training, networking opportunities, and the skills and tools necessary to grow and scale a venture. Fellows selected to participate in the Institute’s program will progress through three phases.
Phase 1 and Phase 2 will take place in Bozeman, at the PERC Conference Center and an off-site location. During the 5 day program in Bozeman, Fellows spend the initial two days focused on the learning and applying the principles of free market environmentalism. The schedule includes lectures, Socratic discussions, and case studies. During these experiences, you will both learn from, but also connect with, your fellow enviropreneurs and begin to develop life-long connections and networks that will help you scale and grow your business.
Phase 2 of the Bozeman curriculum focuses on skills and professional development with classroom sessions. Classroom topics have included business planning and execution, marketing, project management, communication, customer feedback, go to market strategies, capital acquisition and fundraising, as well as pitching and demo skill building. These days will be spent at the Flying D Ranch, a true Enviropreneur’s college.
Following Phase 1 and Phase 2 in Bozeman, Fellows are introduced to mentors and advisers who provide specific skill-building and network-developing sessions for Phase 3 of the Institute. Fellows are expected take advantage of these virtual resources and advisors to validate and develop businesses and ventures. You should prioritize twice monthly sessions during this 8 week period.
A select number of Enviropreneur Institute Fellows will be invited to participate in Demo Day pitching their business to a panel of accomplished entrepreneurs, investors, and environmentalists.
At the Demo Day, following the pitches, one Fellow will be selected by the panel as Enviropreneur of the Year, and receive a $15,000 cash prize to invest in their venture.
For an example of past course topics, please Click here to see the 2014 curriculum.
FEES AND STIPENDS
There is no charge for attending the Enviropreneur Institute. Accepted Fellows will receive a stipend of at least $1,500, which can increase to $4,000 (based on traction, scale, and growth milestones). Stipends are intended to cover Fellow’s travel costs to/from Bozeman, Montana. Housing and most meals during the Institute is provided at no charge, including two nights in cabins at a secluded ranch outside Bozeman.
This event is closed to the public.