Applications to join Factory45 have been open for over two weeks. In that time, I’ve been talking to interested applicants from all over the country, meeting with some in person, and writing guest posts and interviews to further spread the word.
When I first started brainstorming the idea of Factory45 I had a million things running through my mind. I knew I wanted the program to be unlike any other accelerator out there and offer an outlet for entrepreneurs that couldn’t be found anywhere else.
I thought back to when I was first starting out and asked myself:
What were the hardest parts?
What do I wish I had known then that I know now?
What would I have wanted more than anything else?
And I kept coming back to the idea of community.
I had an amazing co-founder, but it was lonely for both of us.
We didn’t know what we should be looking for, or who we should be talking to, or whether or not we were making the “right” decisions. It felt a bit like the blind leading the blind.
And I often wondered, “How do other people do it?”
I know what it’s like to wake up in the morning and feel overwhelmed by the day ahead. Where should I start? What should I be doing? Am I wasting my time?
That feeling is daunting and at times, debilitating.
I think that’s why Factory45 is so important to me — because camaraderie can mean the difference between a bad day and a good day.
For six months, participants will be building relationships with each other that will remain even after the program is over. There will be a dedicated community who will have each other’s backs, provide accountability, give feedback on new ideas, and be ready to cheer each other on.
That’s what I would have wanted. And that’s what I can’t wait to create for them. If you or someone you know is a designer or maker with a great idea, applications are open here until April 28, 2014.
Thank you in advance for helping me spread the word.
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