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Business Readiness Program for Neurodiverse Entrepreneurs and Their Families

In today’s dynamic business landscape, innovation often thrives through the unique perspectives brought by neurodiverse individuals. Our Business Training Program for Neurodiverse Entrepreneurs and Their Families is dedicated to unlocking the potential of neurodiverse individuals by providing them with the tools, skills, and confidence needed to succeed in the entrepreneurial world and create their own futures. This initiative is tailored specifically to empower neurodiverse entrepreneurs and their families, providing them with the essential tools, skills, and support to turn their visionary ideas into successful ventures.

The program is designed to address the distinct needs of neurodiverse individuals and their families, offering a comprehensive curriculum that includes:

  • Skill Development Workshops: Hands-on cohort sessions covering critical business areas such as strategic planning, financial management, marketing, and leadership. These workshops are structured to accommodate different learning styles and paces, ensuring that every participant can fully grasp and apply the concepts.
  • Mentorship and Networking: Participants will have access to a network of experienced mentors who understand the challenges and opportunities faced by neurodiverse entrepreneurs. These mentors will provide one-on-oneguidance, encouragement, and valuable industry insights, helping to navigate the complexities of starting and growing a business.
  • Personalized Support: Understanding that each entrepreneur’s journey is unique, our program offers personalized coaching and resources. From one-on-one consultations to tailored business planning assistance, we ensure that every participant receives the individual attention they need to thrive.

The Business Readiness Program for Neurodiverse Entrepreneurs and Their Families is supported by the Riverside County Office of Economic Development, California Office for Small Business Advocate, Ives Torres Foundation and Amada ABA.

Who Should Join

  • Early-stage or more seasoned neurodiverse entrepreneurs.
  • For profit or sole proprietor entrepreneurs.
  • Must have a decision-making role in the venture (founder owning at least 51%, CEO, Executive Director etc.)
  • BIPOC small business entrepreneurs, in particular women, immigrants regardless of their legal status, and individuals with limited-English proficiency, who have traditionally experienced limited or no access to resources and growth opportunities. 
  • California-based entrepreneurs.

Access to Capital

All successful graduate residents of Riverside County are eligible to receive a business grants of up to $7,000 (eligibility criteria apply). The funding is provided by Riverside County Office of Economic Development as part of a partnership with Caravanserai Project.

Structure

Format: Virtual (zoom) 

All sessions are mandatory:

  • 1 workshop weekly (a total 10 workshops, up to 90 minutes each)
  • 10+ one-on-one coaching sessions
  • 1 business presentations
  • Optional: Social hours (zoom or in-person)

Language: English and Spanish

Certification: University of California Riverside Extension Certificate of Completion

Throughout the program, the participants will benefit from professional autism & neurodiversity support.

Syllabus

Business Vision, Mission. Setting Goals

Week 1

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation

Business Models and Planning

Week 2

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Online (Zoom)

Financial Management 101: Best Practices, Financial Statements

Week 3

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Online

Financial Management 102: Budgeting, Pricing

Week 4

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Online

Customer Discovery and The Competitors

Week 5-6

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Online

Banking Reimagined.

Week 7

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Online

Marketing and Sales

Week 8

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Online

Business Planning and Strategy

Week 9

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Online

Community Engagement and Social Responsibility. Leadership Resilience

Week 10

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Online

Business Presentations

Week 11-12

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  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Mandatory participation
  • Hybrid (in-person/online)

How to join

1. Apply

2. Selection of Applicants

June 20 - July 31, 2024

3. Notifications Sent to Applicants

August 1 - 5, 2024 ​

4. Program starts

The program is offered online only. (August - November 2024)

5. Graduation

Certificate of Completion awarded

6. Access to Capital

To be eligible for the business grants, the participants must meet all program requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on the program.

Caravanserai Project partners with a number of local, regional and federal institutions, private and public entities to provide access to capital. Each source of funding comes with restrictions regarding the amount awarded or the type of entity eligible to access capital. 

Each source of funding comes with restrictions regarding the amount awarded or the type of entity eligible to access capital. 

Yes. Only entrepreneurs who successfully graduate and attend the mentoring sessions and meet the rest of the criteria are eligible to access capital.

No. The entrepreneurs are eligible to receive only one micro-grant.

For-profit enterprises, and sole proprietors are eligible to receive business capital. Specific conditions and eligibility criteria vary for each program.

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