Room 35 Will Mentor Contractors Incubator Style
By Laura Cowan
Laura K. Cowan is a tech editor and journalist whose work has focused on promoting sustainability initiatives for automotive, green tech, and conscious living media outlets.
Room35 Introduces Tech Incubator Model to Construction
Room35 is a new business incubator in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that co-founders Joshua Gray and Donovan McVey say is intended to bring the tech industry style of mentorship and guidance through entrepreneurship to a new industry: construction. Room35 runs several programs aimed at supporting new business owners in a space not usually considered by business support organizations.
Core60, Acceler8, The Blueprint
Core60 is a program that is targeted toward under-represented founders. It's a 10-week interactive program to help skilled construction business owners receive their licenses and build the network they need to scale.
Acceler8 is for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and women-owned businesses grow and scale. This program also is formatted as a 10-week program to help entrepreneurs scale, but it is geared toward more experienced business owners. To be a part of Acceler8, you have to have been in business at least 3 years and have a minimum of $100k annual revenue.
Finally, The Blueprint helps BIPOC and women-owned construction companies scale through a 12-week accelerator program.
Application is free. If you run a business that fits this category more than tech, you can talk with the guys at Room35 to see where you might fit in with their programs. They even off one-on-one consulting. All programs are geared toward helping with business planning, scaling, and networking in the field with mentors.