Arizona State University's office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation and Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation invite early stage food businesses to apply to the next cohort of Prepped.

Prepped is a free, micro-business training program for ventures owned by women and underrepresented minorities coming from households with low to moderate incomes. Applicants should be ‘non brick and mortar’ and be able to demonstrate having had some business revenue prior to applying. For more information on eligibility, please review our website: https://entrepreneurship.asu.edu/prepped.

Over the course of 12 weeks, participants should expect to dedicate a minimum of 40 hours of their time working on business development. The immersive training is specific to small business and food-related operations and includes food costing techniques, financial literacy, small business marketing and communication strategies, permits and licensing, and networking.

Participants are paired with a mentor during their time with Prepped and are also offered content coaches for assistance in specific areas including customized finance needs, marketing, and business sustainability. Previous Prepped participants have found that meeting with mentors and coaches on a regular basis throughout the duration of their time in the program was integral to the success of their program participation and early business growth. Applicants should consider this time in addition to the class hours should you plan on being accepted.

Please read the following before proceeding with the rest of the application.

  I have read the above items and can commit to a minimum of 40 hours of immersive training during the semester in which I am applying.

  I understand that I should factor mentor and coach time into my schedule for the duration of the program. The total amount of time spent and how this time is utilized is my responsibility to determine in collaboration with each mentor or coach.

  I understand that the in-person, weekly sessions are held at the downtown Phoenix ASU campus and I am willing to make every effort to attend all 12 sessions.

Please note that by hitting the button below, you will be proceeding with the application and that you will not be able to save and return to complete it at a later time. If you do return at a later time, you will need to start over.