Selected entrepreneurs receive individualized mentoring, training, and resources – dedicated to helping founders hit a critical business goal – all at no cost. 

Milestone Makers  

At the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, we’re committed to investing in the individuals taking big risks to solve problems in new ways. That's why we created Milestone Makers, a way to help entrepreneurs set, hit, and celebrate milestones critical to company growth.  

Through our expertise and prestigious business network, we’ll work with a small cohort of entrepreneurs one-on-one to define a critical business goal and accelerate their path to achieving it. Participants will be individually matched with mentors who are leaders in your industry, will offer instant feedback, and will take a personal interest in helping you grow.  

Upon acceptance, we offer customized resources to meet your needs and learning style. This three-month program will also elevate and amplify your brand through media and PR opportunities, and celebrates and widely shares your success by hosting you and your company on Nasdaq's Time Square Tower.  

The Center, in partnership with our partners, is proud to make this a free program with a pay-it-forward philosophy. As a distinguished part of our community, Milestone Makers will return to teach, share, and nominate the next cohort of great leaders. 

Summer 2020: COVID-19 Solutions Cohort
May 19th - August 3rd

We are pleased to announce our Summer 2020 Milestone Maker cohort is dedicated to early stage founders building COVID-19 solutions. This flagship program helps catalyze entrepreneurs by offering a customized platform of extensive support and market recognition during a virtual 12-week, part time program – all of which is completely free.

Our world has changed dramatically and rapidly in the few months. Never has urgency been so immediate or the stakes higher for solutions to the challenges COVID-19 has so quickly brought with its global outbreak. While the world is facing historic uncertainty, what we know to be true is that entrepreneurs will be the solution. Entrepreneurs are building recovery, future growth and eventual regeneration for individuals, communities and the world.

We sadly can’t add hours to the day, new team members, or a magic wand that magically sifts through all the help/information that is available. But we can offer entrepreneurs a port to land for the next 12-weeks to fuel up and accelerate activity from a supportive, grounded place that builds strength and tenacity in this time.

To accomplish this, we are mobilizing our network, partners, coaches, experts and community of fellow entrepreneurs to help selected entrepreneurs achieve their most critical business goal in a three-month sprint.

This cohort of Milestone Makers runs from May 19th – August 3rd and applications are due May 7th.

Information Sessions:

April 23rd, 2020 – From 5:00-6:00pm PST 
April 29th, 2020 – From 12:00-1:00pm PST 
April 30th, 2020 – From 5:00pm-6:00pm PST

Milestone Makers COVID-19 Solutions is for any founder addressing a current problem we're facing with COVID-19 including but not limited to these business areas:

  • Distance learning
  • Connection for children & families
  • Development of treatments for Covid-19
  • Food insecurities
  • Access to healthcare
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Resilience
  • Automation & Industrial IoT

Applications are due May 7th -- Apply today!

How can I apply? 

Apply here by May 7th.

Not an entrepreneur but know one you think would be good for the program? Nominate them here today!

FAQ's

Who should participate?

Early stage founders building COVID-19 solutions and looking to set and hit a critical business milestone in the next quarter.

This program is open to founders across the globe -- all sessions will be virtual over the 12 weeks. 

Milestone Makers COVID-19 Solutions is for any founder addressing a current problem we're facing with COVID-19 including but not limited to these business areas:

  • Distance learning
  • Connection for children & families
  • Development of treatments for COVID-19
  • Food insecurities
  • Access to healthcare
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Resilience
  • Automation & Industrial IoT


What is a milestone? Here’s the definition we’re using. 

Milestone noun /ˈmīlˌstōn/ 

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). 

A Milestone is your next important business goal that can be achieved in 12 weeks. If this goal is met, it should have an important positive effect on your business. 

What does the program offer? 

The program begins with access to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center's prestigious network, partners, and community, including professional resources offered by leading industry experts. This includes:  

  • Coach (1:1 professional coaching specially matched for you) 
  • Business mentors curated to your needs, aspirations, and definitions of success 
  • A strengths assessment identifying your key skills and gaps 
  • Recommendations for custom training and VIP events 
  • Accountability check-ins and monthly working session as needed 
  • Milestone setting strategy and practice for this quarter and next 

Questions? 

We highly encourage you to sign up for and attend an Information Session. 

Dates for information sessions coming soon!

Opportunities to Get Involved:

Milestone Makers is built on the pay-it-forward mentality crucial for advancing regional and global networks of entrepreneurship. You can get involved by: 

Mentor a Milestone Maker

Interested in sharing your insights, experiences and learnings from your business expertise to high-talent founders? Sign up here to be considered as a formal mentor in the Milestone Makers program.

Coach a Milestone Maker 

Are you a personal business coach interested in supporting a high-talent founder? We’ll match each Milestone Makers with a coach to assist them with need awareness, prioritization, and support throughout the 12-week program. Coaches are asked to meet with their Milestone Makers twice a month for 30-minutes. Sign up here

Questions? Please contact Colin Mahin at colin.mahin@thecenter.nasdaq.org.  


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