Who is Accelerate U.P.
Accelerate UP is a grass roots community project intent on promoting entrepreneurial success. We
believe the future of every community lies in capturing the talent, energy and imagination of its people.
Our mission is to transform passionate people into
Much like any startup, Accelerate UP found it necessary to reevaluate its business model. The previous focus on both Baraga and Marquette Counties made it difficult to retain Management Team members and Resource Board members. The Resource Board is critical to the success of the enterprise facilitation model that Accelerate UP is implementing. For the good of the project Accelerate UP will limit its geographic focus, which will increase options for future funding, and bring a full service entrepreneurial model to the market.
What is Enterprise Facilitation?
Accelerate U.P. uses an Enterprise Facilitation model, developed by Ernesto Sirolli, to help community members grow new or existing businesses. The model is about having the right management structures in place for success. This management structure includes a great product, a passionate marketing person, and a passionate financial management person.
Our facilitator starts by helping entrepreneurs understand that no one person can do all three things required for success (product, marketing, financial management) and do them well. Each entrepreneur should understand what they are good at and what role they want to have in the business. By connecting clients with volunteers from the community our Enterprise Facilitator, Jason Schneider, uses the resources found in our own community to help entrepreneurs succeed.
Lundin is funding Accelerate UP through 2015. At the end of three years the project must become self-sustaining.
Our service is free and confidential. If you would like to speak to Jason about a business idea you have please contact him at 906-280-6777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.