- Manufacturing (launches November 2017)
Includes either Central American small businesses that develop manufacturing equipment/processes, or that require heavy manufacturing operations to produce their products.
- Services (launches February 2018)
Includes small businesses that either provided business to business solution services (i.e. financial, marketing, consulting, other professional services) or business to consumer solution services (i.e. travel, personal development, lifestyle consulting, etc.).
- Food & Farm (launches June 2018)
Includes small businesses that produce food and beverage products or provide agricultural/agriscience products or services. NOTE: Alcoholic beverages are not eligible. Illegal substances or food/beverage products containing illegal substances designated by United States law are ineligible as well.
- Applicants interested in the MANUFACTURING (NOVEMBER 2017) COHORT must submit complete applications by August 25, 2017 (11:59PM Eastern). Selected participants will be notified by email of their acceptance by October 1, 2017, so they have time to complete and fulfill necessary Visa and/or passport processing prior to attending their relevant bootcamp in the U.S.
- Applicants interested in the SERVICES (FEBRUARY 2018) COHORT must submit complete applicataions by December 8, 2017 (11:59PM Eastern). Selected participants will be notified by email of their acceptance by December 21, 2017, so they can have time to complete and fulfill necessary Visa and/or passport processing prior to attending their relevant bootcamp in the U.S.
- Applicants interested in the FARM AND FOOD (JUNE 2018) COHORT must submit complete applications by March 9, 2018 (11:59PM Eastern). Selected participants will be notified by email of their acceptance by March 17, 2018, so they have time to complete and fulfill necessary Visa and/or passport processing prior to attending their relevant bootcamp in the U.S.
Please join us for an informational webinar about the Program on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:30AM Eastern or if you are in:
Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua or Costa Rica: 9:30AM
We will be covering benefits of the program, eligibility requirements, how to apply, and more on this webinar.
Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8867669416733742849
Webinar ID: 784-072-739
Benefits of Participating in the Program
- Two days of training from industry experts and legal counsel in general topics of conducting business in the U.S. such as incorporation of subsidiaries, import/export regulations, immigration laws, taxation, U.S. business cultures, federal and other resources to non-U.S. businesses, etc. (translation services will be available at all times)
- Three days of extensive, industry-themed curriculum that includes lectures, workshops and tours of specialized facilities relevant to each cohort (translation services will be available at all times)
- Access to live mentoring on business as well as industry-specific matters during and post-bootcamp, including assigned mentors from your nation after you return from the bootcamp
- Access to virtual business mentors through CENPROMYPE/InBIA partners around the world, and the use of InBIA's Exchange online social networking platform
- Both live and virtual networking opportunities throughout the entire program with potential customers, investors and other strategic partners
- An opportunity to try out the facilities/resources of a Soft Landing facility that could support U.S. expansion in the future
- Access to extensive translation services and/or support to assist with the communication and marketing of your product/service in the U.S.
- Airfare up to $1000
- Lodging up to a total of $1000 over five days
- Per diem (for dinner and snacks) up to $100 per day over five days (total of $500)
- A current, active tourist Visa is strongly encouraged, but not required for application; however, you MUST have a tourist Visa by the time you arrive for the bootcamp.
- Be a citizen of a Central American country (not eligible if a citizen or Permanent resident of the United States or other countries outside of the eligible Central American countries)
- Be either a founder or majority owner of the small business
- Have already incorporated the business in your native country
- Be able to speak, read and write in English semi-fluently (translation services will be available at all Soft Landing sites)
- Have a company that offers a product or service that fits the description of one of the cohort industries outlined above
- Be able to produce and work through exercises to refine your sales plan, manufacturing and/or scale-up plan, and other critical business model elements by the time you participate in the bootcamp (translation service at the Soft Landing site will assist with these documents)
- Be willing to attend the entire five days of the bootcamp while giving all attention and focus to the curriculum
- Follow your Visa stipulations and return immediately to your home country after the bootcamp has concluded
- Be willing to fulfill short evaluations after each workshop/lecture/other programming elements for the entire bootcamp
- Be willing to provide the following information to Soft Landing site staff at the conclusion of the bootcamp and up to six months after the bootcamp (by submitting this application, you agree to provide this information):
- Connections to customers, investors, or other partners as a result of the bootcamp
- Mentors obtained and the connections they broker
- Loans, grants or capital obtained
- Revenue growth
- Number of employees hired
- Cost reductions in operations and/or manufacturing as a result of training
- Other success metrics and/or anecdotes about how the program has assisted your company