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Local Entrepreneur Acceleration Program

By: SC Community Loan Fund


LEAP is an intensive ten week course during which small business owners expand their business knowledge. The course culminates in participants refining their business plans and presenting them for a chance to win a capital investment. The three entrepreneurs with the strongest business plans will receive $5,000, $10,000 or $30,000 startup capital awards. All LEAP graduates leave the program with the ability to seek business financing as well as a comprehensive business plan.


Cycle 1 Application Period: January 3 - February 4 Decision Notification: late February Classes: March 8 - May 10 Pitch Nights: May 31 - June 2

Cycle 2 Application Period: April 25 - May 27 Decision Notification: mid May Classes: June 28 - August 30 Pitch Nights: September 20 - 22


Any entrepreneur or team of entrepreneurs interested in developing or expanding a business in South Carolina can apply to participate in LEAP cohorts during the application period. SCCLF is now accepting applications for Cycle 1. February 4th is the deadline to apply. Subscribe to the SCCLF newsletter to stay up to date on programs news, including upcoming cohorts.

There is a nonrefundable $100 course fee to be paid after acceptance into LEAP.

Questions? Contact SCCLF Program Manager Kelly Sharkey at to learn more about current or future sessions.

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