Ready. Set. Launch!

10-week Entrepreneurship Accelerator to Build Your Dream Business

Free 10-week accelerator unlocks resources, expert guidance & funding to turn your business idea into reality.

Ready, Set, Launch! Is a 10-week accelerator program to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in four counties: Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare. The program includes workshops on entrepreneurship and financial literacy, as well as small business coaching (technical assistance) and help with funding. There will also be meetings to connect small businesses with each other and with resources.

Please reach out to Anna Roland, California Jobs First, Program Manager Consultant at if you have any questions regarding Ready, Set, Launch!



Entrepreneur Mindset


Business Planning


Legal Structures




Marketing Mix


Website/ Google Profile – Cybersecurity


Budgeting & Projections


Understanding Financials


Contract & Access To Capital


Graduation & Pitch

Eligibility for Ready. Set. Launch!

We are accepting people at every stage of the business and entrepreneur journey.

  • People that have a business idea and are looking to develop a business plan

  • Entrepreneurs who are looking for direction in starting their business.

  • Small Business owners looking for support in the growth and management of their business.

Important Dates:

Cohort 1 (February 6th – April 9th)

Meets every Tuesday at 5:30pm – 7:30pm with optional networking and light dinner at 5:00pm.

Cohort 2 (April 24th – June 26th)

Applications open February 19, 2024. Cohort meets every Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Apply for Ready. Set. Launch

Applications for Cohort 2 open February 19, 2024

About Access Plus Capital

Access Plus Capital is the Central Valley’s CDFI. We champion equity and justice by providing capital and financial resources to small business owners in historically excluded communities. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve their financial goals, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Since 2008, we have deployed over $60 million in capital to 1000+ small businesses from Bakersfield to Sacramento who could not qualify for a traditional bank loan. We provide start-up, working capital, equipment, and real estate loans for many industries like restaurants & food trucks, retail, professional services, and small manufactures.

We are excited about the future of Access Plus Capital and we are committed to making a difference in the lives of our clients and the region. We are accessible to these businesses, and we understand the challenges they face. We believe that we can make a real difference in the lives of these businesses and the region.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the point of contact for Ready. Set. Launch!?

Contact Anna Roland – California Jobs First Project Manager Consultant

What are the program dates for Cohort 1?

Cohort 1 is February 6, 2024 – April 9, 2024

What are the program dates for Cohort 2?

Cohort two starts April 17, 2024 – June 12, 2024. Registration opens on February 19th.