We believe entrepreneurs are everywhere

We aim to give noble ideas the chance to flourish and to provide any motivated person the opportunity to become an entrepreneur. Our programming goes far beyond traditional business training. We help individuals from all backgrounds become more resourceful, accountable, effective, optimistic, data-driven and committed to making a real impact through entrepreneurship.

 
 
 

We're a non-profit on a mission help passionate individuals from all backgrounds turn their passion into action and build the businesses and organizations of the future, by providing coaching and resources to new entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of their journey—sometimes when their business is just a thought or idea. 


Our Impact:

Sustainable Startups is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in late 2013. We have created an entrepreneurial community which brings coachable and engaged people together to foster innovation and community development.  This community has flourished to include over 80 entrepreneurs who collectively have generated over $1,900,000.00 in direct-revenue, (not investment, revenue), created 28 jobs for our local economy, and fostered positive economic, social and environmental impact through their startups.  Nearly half of these entrepreneurs are women, almost 30% are from minority populations, and over half are from low-to-moderate income households.

Sustainable Startups is a two-time U.S. Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator (2014, 2015).  Only 1.5% of competing accelerators received the designation twice.  We received this honor due to our strong track record in economic development, focus on underserved and underrepresented groups, and commitment to social impact. 

 
 

OUR TEAM 

 

Founders & Board of Directors

 

 

Robert Bell

Co-Founder

 

robert@sustainablestartups.org 

Ian Shelledy

Co-Founder

 

ian@sustainablestartups.org 

Rocky Kerr

Co-Founder

 

rocky@sustainablestartups.org 

Rose Maizner

Board Member

 

rose@sustainablestartups.org 

Paul Corson

Board Member

 

pjc@sustainablestartups.org 

Amy Mills

Board Member

 

amy@sustainablestartups.org