Startup Lakewood

Mission Statement

Help Lakewood's community of soon-to-be entrepreneurs turn their ideas into business realities.

Startup Lakewood Initiative is a program approved by the City of Lakewood which is geared toward making Lakewood a more appealing place for entrepreneurs to build and grow ideas into legitimate businesses. This program will be overseen by Mike Belsito as its Director of Ideation.

Startup Lakewood will provide meaningful resources to budding entrepreneurs within the City of Lakewood, specifically centered around helping take ideas and turning them into real businesses. These resources will come in the form of focused “ideation” sessions, programming, and a permanent space in which people could work on bringing their business ideas to life.

Startup Lakewood is a collaborative effort between the City of Lakewood, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, LakewoodAlive, and Pillars of Lakewood.

Startup Lakewood has two specific components:

Ideation Sessions:

Have an idea for a new product, business, or even a marketing campaign? Startup Lakewood’s Ideation Sessions are focused brainstorm sessions where Lakewood residents can openly discuss their ideas with Startup Lakewood’s Director of Ideation, special guests, and other soon-to-be entrepreneurs.

Ideation Sessions take place in the highly creative cafes that Lakewood boasts, where there will be coffee, snacks, and whiteboards available to participants. Ideation sessions are free and open to all Lakewood residents.

Startup U:

Looking to educate yourself on what it takes to launch your business idea? From marketing on a shoestring budget to understanding the legal aspects of starting a business, Startup Lakewood’s Startup U produces programming relevant to soon-to-be entrepreneurs looking to turn ideas into real businesses. Startup U is free and open to all Lakewood residents.

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