Please apply now for our next class beginning in February.  

LaunchWakeForest was founded in 2018 in a joint effort by the Rotary Club of Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Wake Forest, and Wake Tech. Every year, the program offers twenty students a 13-week accredited business course, business mentorship, planning, & financial support, and resources and connections to boost their current or potential business.


  • Must live or work in Wake Forest area

  • Ability to supply product or service that can generate profit

  • Demonstrate need for financial and/or business resources

  • Be interviewed by selection committee

  • Complete in-person business training once a week for 10 weeks

  • Develop business plan and budget

  • Willingness to meet and/or communicate regularly with assigned business mentor

  • If applicable, the ability to repay micro-loan, in regular installments, within 12 months of receipt of loan

  • Current Rotarians are ineligible for LaunchWakeForest funding

LaunchWakeForest Application

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