Mar 05 2013

Dashfire Launch – Applications Now Open

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I’m excited to announce that applications are open for our Dashfire Launch program!  Dashfire Launch will enable one MBA-led team to validate their business model and launch their startup through $35,000 of services and collaboration from Chicago’s best strategists.  The program is targeted to Kellogg School of Management and Chicago Booth.  The selected team will spend 10 weeks working with leading Chicago companies and agencies that will provide the chosen startup with over $35,000 in hands-on, actionable mentorship and services.

Why MBAs?  We were inspired to launch the program for two main reasons:

  1. Dashfire believes that MBAs make great entrepreneurs
  2. I am a recent MBA grad and believe that my experiences at Kellogg and in Chicago were a driving factor for me to pursue entrepreneurship

What does the summer consist of? There are many contributing factors to the viability of a startup.  Idea, team, product, unfair advantages/innovation, sales and marketing, etc.  We are fortunate to partner with  best-in-class strategists to help refine these attributes for the winning startup.

How is Dashfire Launch different than other startup focused programs?

Similar to Dashfire’s traditional model, we will work closely with the select startup to refine the business model and launch an initial version of the product.  For Launch, we have received in-kind sponsorships from our favorite strategic partners to support a more hands-on summer program.  At the end of the summer, the selected startup will have converted their idea into a business.

Applications are now open until April 8th and you can learn more at  If you have additional questions, please visit our FAQ or you can email me at

We are looking forward to selecting a promising team and will keep you updated on our progress as the program begins!


A special thanks to our participating sponsors:


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