Wake Forest Entrepreneurs Wanted

Applications are open for the Spring 2022 Class.

Apply today before the January 31st Deadline!

Hands-On Business Training ● Micro-loans ● Mentors ● Networking

Businessmen interacting at meeting in office

Business Training

Accredited 10-week Kauffman program

Microloan application


Up to $10,000 each


An assigned mentor from the business community
Businessmen having conversation in office


Network with other entrepreneurs and business owners

Interested? Learn If you Qualify for LaunchWakeForest

Our Mission

Do you want to improve your small business? Have a big idea to bring to life? We’re looking for you. Wake Forest is an amazing, thriving community and small businesses are part of our unique charm. They are the dreamers, the initiators, the risk-takers, and the impact makers. We want to ensure that our town is where they are planted and where they’ll succeed. Whether it's launching a new idea or sustaining a business, it takes a strong plan, support from others, and resources to flourish. That’s where the LaunchWakeForest program steps in, providing hands-on business mentorship, planning, financial support, and an accredited program to 20 lucky applicants every Spring. Participants establish strong connections with other local entrepreneurs, boosting each other's businesses. And because of the generosity of our sponsors, it's all provided for free.

Applications are now open for our Spring class. Please apply online or attend an information session to learn more. 

Wake Forest Rotary Club

Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce

Town of Wake Forest

The Rotary Foundation

Rotary District 7710

Created by the Wake Forest Rotary Club, LaunchWakeForest strives to develop successful entrepreneurs who have limited access to financial and business resources.

Our program is modeled after LaunchRALEIGH, a successful community building program created in 2015 by Rotary leaders in Raleigh.

We are a community service and global humanitarian organization located in over 200 countries.  Since 1905 Rotarians have attracted business leaders, leaders of non-profits and service focused volunteers. We do projects in our community and around the world and exchange ideas on how we can make an impact.

Our club is made up of 45 men and women who join together to serve our community and have fun. We often work in conjunction with 46 other local clubs across 10 counties forming Rotary District 7710. Across the world, there are 1.2 million friends and neighbors who proudly call themselves Rotarians.

We serve people stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty by connecting families and neighborhoods to resources and opportunities. For over 25 years we have been developing anti-poverty strategies in Wake County. Whether we’re helping a struggling family with affordable housing or an addict with recovery, our approach is the same. We meet people where they are and provide them with the resources necessary to gain economic sustainability.

Kiva is a non-profit that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world. More than 2.5 million people have raised over $1 billion on Kiva. At Kiva, we believe in character over credit and the power of community-based lending. Because of these beliefs, we provide funding opportunities for entrepreneurs where conventional lenders won’t.

Unlike traditional bank loans, Kiva loans don’t require a minimum credit score, years of cash flow documents or collateral. But you do need to meet the following minimum criteria in order to be considered:

  • You and your business must be based in the United States.
  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • You must be using the loan for business purposes.
  • Attend LAUNCHWAKEFOREST business classes
  • Receive recommendation from LAUNCHWAKEFOREST Mentor
  • Your business must not be engaged in any of the following activities: multi-level marketing / direct sales; illegal activities (e.g. gambling, scams); or pure financial investing (e.g. stocks)
  • You cannot currently be in foreclosure, bankruptcy, or under any liens.
  • You must be willing to demonstrate your social capital by having a small number of your friends and family make a loan to you.

A Wake Forest Initiative

Our network of local partners in Wake Forest provides a broad network of support and resources for our entrepreneurs.


Upcoming events

Join an Information Session to Learn More

January 18

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at

Online Web Conference

January 29

9:00 am - 10:00 am at

Online Web Conference

Spring Schedule


Selection Interviews

March / April

Tuesday evening in-person classes begin from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


LaunchWakeForest Class of 2022 Graduation - May 31, 2022 from
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Ready to Join the next LaunchWakeForest Class?

We're looking to partner with current small business owners who would benefit from the combination of business and financial resources that LaunchWakeForest provides. Entrepreneurs with great new business ideas will also be considered.

Interested in being a mentor?

Having a successful mentor relationship can play a critical role in the future success of our students, and can be extremely fulfilling for the mentor. Learn more about the role and mentorship opportunity with LaunchWakeForest.

Questions?  Get in touch

About Us

LaunchWakeForest strives to develop successful entrepreneurs who have limited access to financial and business resources.



  PO BOX 1126
Wake Forest, NC 27588