Programs

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Empowering Every Stage of Entrepreneurship

Our suite of programs is tailored to nurture Idaho’s startup ecosystem at every phase of your entrepreneurial journey. From initial concept sketches to expansive business scaling, we provide the tools, insights, and support you need to transform your vision into reality and elevate your venture to unprecedented success. Join us to unlock your startup’s full potential.

You Lead Idaho

You Lead Idaho (YLI) is a pioneering program by Trailhead, in partnership with KeyBank, Verizon, and the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance.

It’s dedicated to empowering rural high school students by exposing them to entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. Through an interactive curriculum, students engage in a comprehensive learning journey, culminating in a competitive pitch event for scholarship prizes!

This program not only enhances their business acumen but also opens doors to post-secondary education opportunities, aiming to uplift Idaho’s youth by equipping them with the skills for tomorrow’s challenges.

Validation Phase (Pre-Seed Round)

The Launch phase is a critical juncture in the entrepreneurial journey where your validated idea evolves into a live business. It’s about making strategic moves to enter the market, initiating sales, and establishing your brand presence. This phase involves detailed planning, from finalizing the product or service for market readiness to executing marketing strategies that captivate and convert your target audience. Success in this stage sets a strong foundation for growth, requiring focus on customer acquisition, feedback integration, and continuous iteration to meet market demands effectively.

Boise Pitch Night

Boise Pitch Night, presented by Perkins Coie and produced by Trailhead, is a vibrant quarterly event that catalyzes the entrepreneurial spirit within Boise’s community. It’s a platform where local entrepreneurs pitch their innovative ideas to fellow entrepreneurs, investors, business professionals, and community members. The event fosters networking, learning, and innovation, offering entrepreneurs mentorship, exposure, and the chance to win resources.

By bridging connections between startups and potential investors, Boise Pitch Night plays a pivotal role in nurturing the growth and success of the local startup ecosystem.

Growth Phase (Seed to A Round)

During the Growth phase, startups focus on scaling their operations and increasing market share. This stage involves optimizing product offerings, expanding customer bases, entering new markets, and possibly diversifying product lines. Entrepreneurs work on enhancing operational efficiencies, refining marketing strategies, and securing additional funding to support expansion efforts. Success in this phase means achieving sustainable revenue growth, establishing strong brand recognition, and laying the groundwork for long-term business stability.

Trailmix

Trailmix, a cornerstone of Boise Entrepreneur Week, is an annual pitch competition designed to propel food and beverage startups from local farmers markets to supermarket shelves. Offering $50,000 in prize money and valuable shelf space at Albertsons, Trailmix champions the growth of early-stage food-product businesses by providing finalists with mentorship, media attention, and an opportunity to showcase their products at BEW’s Food Expo. Celebrating innovation within the food industry, Trailmix has awarded over $185,000 to burgeoning food startups, making it a pivotal event for entrepreneurs aiming to elevate their consumer packaged goods to the next level.

Ideation Phase (Pre-Seed)

At the outset of your entrepreneurial journey, you’re armed with a brilliant idea—perhaps jotted down on a napkin—yet without a concrete business model, intellectual property protection, or a prototype. Our programs are specifically designed to guide you through these initial steps, transforming your vision into a structured, protected, and tangible business concept. Let’s bring your ideas to life!

Trail Guides

Trail Guides is Trailhead’s mentorship program, offering access to a network of seasoned professionals across various fields to support members on their entrepreneurial journey. Members can browse mentor profiles, schedule a 30-minute session, and gain insights to navigate business challenges, from launching new ventures to legal disputes.

Held at Trailhead Boise, this program underscores the commitment to fostering success within the entrepreneurial community by providing personalized guidance and learning opportunities in entrepreneurship, legal compliance, technology, and more!

Idea Set Go!

“Idea, Set, Go!” is a dynamic program designed to guide entrepreneurs through the foundational stages of launching a business. This initiative offers a rich curriculum that covers the entrepreneurial mindset, the art of articulating business ideas, and the development of prototypes and MVPs. Participants will also learn strategies for gaining early traction, conducting customer discovery, and applying validation hacks. This program is an essential resource for anyone ready to take their startup idea from concept to reality, offering practical tools and insights for success.

Launch Phase (Seed Round)

The Launch phase is a critical juncture in the entrepreneurial journey where your validated idea evolves into a live business. It’s about making strategic moves to enter the market, initiating sales, and establishing your brand presence. This phase involves detailed planning, from finalizing the product or service for market readiness to executing marketing strategies that captivate and convert your target audience. Success in this stage sets a strong foundation for growth, requiring focus on customer acquisition, feedback integration, and continuous iteration to meet market demands effectively.

Boise Entrepreneur Week

Boise Entrepreneur Week (BEW) is Idaho’s premier event for fostering entrepreneurial spirit, showcasing the state as a hub for innovation and business growth. This vibrant, community-driven week celebrates Idaho’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, offering high-stakes pitch competitions, networking, and learning opportunities.

BEW connects entrepreneurs, investors, and support organizations, facilitating knowledge exchange and inspiring future ventures. With a focus on promoting entrepreneurship, developing the local ecosystem, and connecting talent, BEW plays a crucial role in elevating Idaho’s economic landscape and innovation capacity.

Expansion Phase (A Round + Beyond)

In the Expansion Phase, entrepreneurs scale their businesses into new markets or sectors, leveraging established strengths and exploring new opportunities. This stage focuses on strategic growth, diversification of products or services, and potential international expansion. Key activities include market research, partnership development, and innovation to meet broader customer needs. Success in this phase is marked by sustained revenue growth, a strong brand presence across multiple markets, and the establishment of the business as a leader in its industry.

Tree City Trailblazers

Tree City Trailblazers (TCT), a program initiated by Trailhead and Perkins Coie, is dedicated to empowering local entrepreneurs through a comprehensive nine-month cohort experience.

Participants will engage with Idaho’s top entrepreneurs, undergo a curriculum focused on legal and business fundamentals, and cultivate a strong peer support network. Aimed at fostering a connected, knowledgeable entrepreneurial community, this program culminates in a certificate of completion, symbolizing the skills and networks gained to thrive in Boise’s growing business landscape!

Empowering Every Stage of Entrepreneurship

Our suite of programs is tailored to nurture Idaho’s startup ecosystem at every phase of your entrepreneurial journey. From initial concept sketches to expansive business scaling, we provide the tools, insights, and support you need to transform your vision into reality and elevate your venture to unprecedented success. Join us to unlock your startup’s full potential.

Ideation Phase (Pre-Seed)

At the outset of your entrepreneurial journey, you’re armed with a brilliant idea—perhaps jotted down on a napkin—yet without a concrete business model, intellectual property protection, or a prototype. Our programs are specifically designed to guide you through these initial steps, transforming your vision into a structured, protected, and tangible business concept. Let’s bring your ideas to life!

You Lead Idaho

You Lead Idaho (YLI) is a pioneering program by Trailhead, in partnership with KeyBank, Verizon, and the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance.

It’s dedicated to empowering rural high school students by exposing them to entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. Through an interactive curriculum, students engage in a comprehensive learning journey, culminating in a competitive pitch event for scholarship prizes!

This program not only enhances their business acumen but also opens doors to post-secondary education opportunities, aiming to uplift Idaho’s youth by equipping them with the skills for tomorrow’s challenges.

Trail Guides

Trail Guides is Trailhead’s mentorship program, offering access to a network of seasoned professionals across various fields to support members on their entrepreneurial journey. Members can browse mentor profiles, schedule a 30-minute session, and gain insights to navigate business challenges, from launching new ventures to legal disputes.

Held at Trailhead Boise, this program underscores the commitment to fostering success within the entrepreneurial community by providing personalized guidance and learning opportunities in entrepreneurship, legal compliance, technology, and more!

Validation Phase (Pre-Seed Round)

The Launch phase is a critical juncture in the entrepreneurial journey where your validated idea evolves into a live business. It’s about making strategic moves to enter the market, initiating sales, and establishing your brand presence. This phase involves detailed planning, from finalizing the product or service for market readiness to executing marketing strategies that captivate and convert your target audience. Success in this stage sets a strong foundation for growth, requiring focus on customer acquisition, feedback integration, and continuous iteration to meet market demands effectively.

Idea Set Go!

“Idea, Set, Go!” is a dynamic program designed to guide entrepreneurs through the foundational stages of launching a business. This initiative offers a rich curriculum that covers the entrepreneurial mindset, the art of articulating business ideas, and the development of prototypes and MVPs. Participants will also learn strategies for gaining early traction, conducting customer discovery, and applying validation hacks. This program is an essential resource for anyone ready to take their startup idea from concept to reality, offering practical tools and insights for success.

Launch Phase (Seed Round)

The Launch phase is a critical juncture in the entrepreneurial journey where your validated idea evolves into a live business. It’s about making strategic moves to enter the market, initiating sales, and establishing your brand presence. This phase involves detailed planning, from finalizing the product or service for market readiness to executing marketing strategies that captivate and convert your target audience. Success in this stage sets a strong foundation for growth, requiring focus on customer acquisition, feedback integration, and continuous iteration to meet market demands effectively.

Boise Pitch Night

Boise Pitch Night, produced by Trailhead, is a vibrant quarterly event that catalyzes the entrepreneurial spirit within Boise’s community. It’s a platform where local entrepreneurs pitch their innovative ideas to fellow entrepreneurs, investors, business professionals, and community members. The event fosters networking, learning, and innovation, offering entrepreneurs mentorship, exposure, and the chance to win resources.

By bridging connections between startups and potential investors, Boise Pitch Night plays a pivotal role in nurturing the growth and success of the local startup ecosystem.

Growth Phase (Seed to A Round)

During the Growth phase, startups focus on scaling their operations and increasing market share. This stage involves optimizing product offerings, expanding customer bases, entering new markets, and possibly diversifying product lines. Entrepreneurs work on enhancing operational efficiencies, refining marketing strategies, and securing additional funding to support expansion efforts. Success in this phase means achieving sustainable revenue growth, establishing strong brand recognition, and laying the groundwork for long-term business stability.

Boise Entrepreneur Week

Boise Entrepreneur Week (BEW) is Idaho’s premier event for fostering entrepreneurial spirit, showcasing the state as a hub for innovation and business growth. This vibrant, community-driven week celebrates Idaho’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, offering high-stakes pitch competitions, networking, and learning opportunities.

BEW connects entrepreneurs, investors, and support organizations, facilitating knowledge exchange and inspiring future ventures. With a focus on promoting entrepreneurship, developing the local ecosystem, and connecting talent, BEW plays a crucial role in elevating Idaho’s economic landscape and innovation capacity.

Trailmix

Trailmix, a cornerstone of Boise Entrepreneur Week, is an annual pitch competition designed to propel food and beverage startups from local farmers markets to supermarket shelves. Offering $50,000 in prize money and valuable shelf space at Albertsons, Trailmix champions the growth of early-stage food-product businesses by providing finalists with mentorship, media attention, and an opportunity to showcase their products at BEW’s Food Expo. Celebrating innovation within the food industry, Trailmix has awarded over $185,000 to burgeoning food startups, making it a pivotal event for entrepreneurs aiming to elevate their consumer packaged goods to the next level.

Expansion Phase (A Round + Beyond)

In the Expansion Phase, entrepreneurs scale their businesses into new markets or sectors, leveraging established strengths and exploring new opportunities. This stage focuses on strategic growth, diversification of products or services, and potential international expansion. Key activities include market research, partnership development, and innovation to meet broader customer needs. Success in this phase is marked by sustained revenue growth, a strong brand presence across multiple markets, and the establishment of the business as a leader in its industry.

Tree City Trailblazers

Tree City Trailblazers (TCT), a program initiated by Trailhead and Perkins Coie, is dedicated to empowering local entrepreneurs through a comprehensive nine-month cohort experience.

Participants will engage with Idaho’s top entrepreneurs, undergo a curriculum focused on legal and business fundamentals, and cultivate a strong peer support network. Aimed at fostering a connected, knowledgeable entrepreneurial community, this program culminates in a certificate of completion, symbolizing the skills and networks gained to thrive in Boise’s growing business landscape!

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