Thinking about starting a business?

INSTIG8 hosts events such as Idea Jams, 802 Cups, and First Friday Pitch Night which help people understand, share, and cultivate their ideas when considering starting a business. We can also connect you with a mentor who has some familiarity with your business concept to help guide you as your business progresses. When you’re ready, sign-up for the EMERGE, a startup bootcamp.

Questions You Should Be Asking:

  1. What problem are you trying to solve?
  2. Do you need a partner?
  3. Are you organized?
  4. Are you “the vision person?”
  5. Are you good with numbers?
  6. Have you tested your idea on family and friends?
  7. Have you ever run a business?
  8. Are your quality of life expectations aligned with your business goals?
  9. Do you have any $$$ to invest?
  10. How much $$$ are you willing to invest / lose?
  11. Have you seen the movies Glengarry Glenn Ross and Joy?
  12. Does your business already exist?
  13. If your business is local retail in nature – are there others that have failed, if so, why?

The first step to starting a business is connecting with area resources, sharing the idea, and testing your concept. INSTIG8 will help you through this process. Contact rbrown@brattleborodevelopment.com to learn more.


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INSTIG8 the region’s center for quality entrepreneurship training, scale-up services, and innovation.

INSTIG8 is a BDCC initiative located in Windham Region and initially sponsored by the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP).

This program strategically fosters a safe environment for creative entrepreneurs to try, fail, learn, build, explore, and connect to other like-minded individuals while developing their business concepts and models.

It’s a series of workshops, events, and co-working. INSTIG8 will be the catalyst for engaging, business-minded, creative community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and instigators.

Why is this work a benefit to the region?

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation leads to new businesses and job creation
  • Higher levels of entrepreneurship gives people employment choices
  • Ideas lead to new combinations of existing concepts which lead to business creation

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