Program Details

Two Native FORGE conference participants in conversation

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Our business curriculum is designed to be hands-on, culturally responsive, and relevant to all stages of the entrepreneurial journey. Participants receive guidance in creating tangible tools that they can implement immediately. Each group session includes a conversation with an Indigenous expert guest speaker.

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Participants work closely with a dedicated mentor to set and complete a monthly goal which is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely (SMART) to ensure they are continuously moving forward. They can also access a rich network of industry mentors for focused expertise.

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Program support is not limited to program mentors and staff. Participants are connected with people and organizations at the University of Arizona and the local community who are committed to helping them succeed. Support continues beyond the first year of the program as the Tribe’s own entrepreneurial ecosystem grows and develops.

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Participants are official members of the University of Arizona community and can take advantage of the many physical and digital resources available to staff and students, including software and library resources. Each participant will receive a laptop computer and a WiFi hotspot to ensure quality internet connectivity.