Proof, the Chattanooga-based organization that has been offering its “Restaurant Recovery” program in cooperation with three entrepreneur centers in the eastern half of Tennessee, has announced plans to do the same thing with its “Consumer Goods Accelerator.”
The 10-week program is designed to help emerging consumer-packaged goods brands rapidly expand their growth. It is led by Proof’s team of industry experts joined by a range of specialists and experienced entrepreneurs who can provide invaluable insight and connections. The program covers a spectrum of areas including finance, operations, marketing, distribution, fundraising, and growth planning.
“The Northeast region of the state has incredible emerging companies in this space with a lot of high-growth potential,” said Mia Littlejohn, Co-Founder of Proof. “We’re excited to work alongside the teams in the program to help them scale, whether it is through expansion in wholesale or direct-to-consumer distribution.”
Application deadline is April 14 with the accelerator starting May 4. Cost is $1,000. The program is being offered by the The Biz Foundry in Cookeville, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC), and Sync.Space in Kingsport.
“KEC is excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Biz Foundry and Sync.Space to offer this new program in our region. Our collective experience with the Proof team throughout the Restaurant Recovery Program was very positive, and we’re looking forward to building on that relationship with the CPG Accelerator,” said Jim Biggs, Executive Director of the KEC. “They have run this program for a number of years in Chattanooga with great success, and we’re delighted for the chance to offer it to the amazing crafters, distillers, artisans, makers, bakers, brewers, technologists, and product innovators in Northeast Tennessee.”
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