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Accelerate Northside

Start or Grow Your Business in 6 Weeks

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It just seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Despite having over 275 participants in the first six cohorts of Accelerate Northside, we are still innundated with passionate entrepreneurs who want to know when the next program will begin.  Well, here it comes!  You, the entrepreneur, have built this Accelerate Northside program, and we are in awe of your spirit to innovate, to solve problems, and to contribute to the community. 

As you may have heard, Accelerate Northside, a start-up and small business program, focuses on people... their dreams, ideas, and business interests.  While we have had six incredible classes come through the program, there is no doubt that the seventh may be the best one yet.  The continuation of the program is made possible by sponsorship from the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) and is hosted by the LEED Center.

Check out this video to Learn more about What is Accelerate Northside

Who Should Apply?

  • Existing businesses
  • People who want to turn a side job into a full-time business
  • People who have ideas for a business     

Program Benefits:

  • Hands-on & individual attention to help you start and/or grow your business
  • Opportunity to build a network with other business leaders
  • Successful business leaders as guest speakers & guides
  • Guidance & consulting after the 6 week program
  • Completion ceremony and certificate of completion

The Application for the Spring 2024 cohort of Accelerate Northside is now closed. 

To be placed on the waitlist for the next cohort, email

Program Topics:

Program Basics: The Entrepreneurial Dream
How to Get More Out of a Business Plan
Getting Resources When You Do Not Have Any
What You Need to Know About the Numbers
Customers Drive the Business
Operations and Other Fundamentals that Matter


Registration Fee: $25.00
($450 Value)

*Fees are paid prior to program beginning

Questions about Accelerate Northside or the LEED Center?  Contact the LEED Center,, or 337-456-1836.