TO EDUCATE, ACCELERATE, AND INVEST IN ENTREPRENEURS
WHO ARE CREATING SOLUTIONS TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
WELCOME ALL DREAMERS
We embrace diversity and take entrepreneurs others turn away. We are intentional about supporting entrepreneurs of all ages, genders, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds and physical/developmental abilities.
We believe that all of the resources an entrepreneur may need exists somewhere in the world. Our role is to build and leverage a community of stakeholders that can support entrepreneurs in meaningful ways.
OPTIMISIM IN PERPETUITY
We believe in dreaming big. In order to solve real problems you have to take real risks. We maintain a high level of optimism and believe that what was previously considered impossible could be possible.
PROTECT THE ENTREPRENEUR
We believe in protecting the entrepreneur. We do not take equity in ventures and we fight hard to keep folks away that are looking to take advantage of entrepreneurs. NO sharking or exploitation allowed.
ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE ENTREPRENEUR
We do everything in our power to propel the entrepreneur by making strategic connections and speaking hard truths to help the entrepreneur understand challenges before they become problems.
We believe in being real and transparent with all of our stakeholders.
DO THE RIGHT THING
Do what you say you are going to do and use your best judgment to do the right thing. Always.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is SEED SPOT?
SEED SPOT is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems.
When and where was SEED SPOT founded?
SEED SPOT was founded in Phoenix, AZ in 2012.
What is SEED SPOT’s mission?
To educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems.
Where did the name come from?
At SEED SPOT, we fundamentally believe that everyone has a seed of an idea inside of them, but very few have the courage to pursue it. SEED SPOT was named for that reason, as the spot where courage could be found and seeds of ideas could grow into organizations and companies that change the world.
Is SEED SPOT a nonprofit or a for-profit?
SEED SPOT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We believe that by being a nonprofit we are able to be a community resource for all social entrepreneurs.
What is SEED SPOT’s EIN number?
What Social Entrepreneurship?
Social entrepreneurs create systemic solutions to social issues through the use of business principles. A social entrepreneur can found a company or organization that is for-profit or non-profit. When it comes to solving problems there are no boundaries.
What is SEED SPOT NEXT?
SEED SPOT NEXT is a high school program designed to partner with schools that are serious about educating their students about how to become change agents and social entrepreneurs. We leverage a model by which we train teachers on high school campuses and equip them with the curriculum, tools, materials, and connections to help bring student passions to life. To learn more about SEED SPOT NEXT, please visit the High School Program page.
PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are SEED SPOT’s programs?
SEED SPOT offers several programs aimed at different stages of a startups growth. We have 2 Day workshops, 5 Day Boot Camps, 12 Week Evening Program, and a 14 Week Full Time Program.
Does SEED SPOT take equity?
Nope. SEED SPOT does not receive equity in exchange for ventures participating in SEED SPOT programs.
Do the ventures pay to be a part of your programs?
Yes, the program fees range from $500 – $3,500. Our programs are heavily subsidized through philanthropic support and the value an entrepreneur receives from our program is many multiples of the program fee.
Can a team go through SEED SPOT programs?
Yes! Each program is designed for either teams or individual entrepreneurs to attend. A team is responsible for one program fee.
Can nonprofits attend SEED SPOT’s programs?
Yes! We love helping new nonprofits start and grow their impact.
Is SEED SPOT a co-working space?
Not really, but we have lots of options to use our space. SEED SPOT has a collaborative working space that is available to SEED SPOT ventures during programs and as alumni.
We have flexible working space available for short or long-term leases. We also open up our space for events and offsite meetings. To learn more, please visit our office space page:
I am interested in seeing SEED SPOT, when can I have a tour?
We offer tours once a week on Wednesdays at 1pm.
We also have open houses that go over our programs and give you tours of our space. Check out the events page to attend our next open house
I am interested in learning more about SEED SPOT programs, how can I learn more?
We have open houses that go over our programs and give you tours of our space. Another great option is to attend a Venture Friday to hear ventures pitch and talk with current ventures. Check out the events page to see the next open house or Venture Friday.
What is Venture Friday?
Every Friday during Full Time programming, SEED SPOT Ventures pitch their business for 3 minutes to a community audience. The community provides advice, feedback, and connections to help the ventures pursue their dream. After pitches, there is pizza and networking! Check our calendar to see when there is a Venture Friday happening.
Does SEED SPOT partner with organizations?
You bet we do! We love partnering with other organizations to help entrepreneurs pursue their dreams. A great example of an organization we have partnered with is, Univision Arizona. Through our partnership, we launched Véndeme tu Sueño, a program to help Latino entrepreneurs launch their businesses. To start the conversation about partnering with SEED SPOT, send us an email!
Can SEED SPOT support entrepreneurs in my city?
Although we have entrepreneurs who come to Phoenix for our programs, we have not yet launched outside of Arizona YET. If you think your city would be a great fit for SEED SPOT, let us know!