State University of New York (SUNY) -
The Levin Institute -


FastTrac is an educational offering developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to help aspiring entrepreneurs start or grow their business.  This 4-week program is offered to New York City residents free of charge.  Participants will find themselves immersed in a low-risk learning environment where they will use the “learn, practice, apply” methodology, and will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities with their peer entrepreneurs as well as engage with experienced and successful entrepreneurs.

FastTrac NewVenture is for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs who are either developing their business or in business less than two years, and have less than $1M in revenues.  Our typical participant expects to evaluate the potential of their business concept, refine its key functions, assess opportunities, and test the viability of their ideas during the course of the program.  The goals of the program are to help these budding entrepreneurs create a strong business plan, develop a competitive advantage, adapt to the entrepreneurial role and identify sources of cash flow. According to 3-month surveys, 82% of NewVenture alumni say that FastTrac NewVenture helped them start their business.

FastTrac GrowthVenture is for entrepreneurs and small business owners who have been in business for more than two years with a steady revenue stream who want to maximize the growth potential of their business.  Our typical participant expects to evaluate their business strategy and develop a plan for growth, change their role from managing the business to leading a growth business and maximize their cash flow for future profitability during the course of the program.  The goals of the program are to help them develop their business strategy and vision, enhance their competitive advantage and build for growth and profitability.  According to 3-month surveys, 87% of GrowthVenture respondents say that FastTrac GrowthVenture  helped them grow their business.


While preference is given to New York City residents, FastTrac is open to all New York State residents.


Helene Lisa Rude
Director of Educational Programs
The Levin Institute of the State University of New York
116 East 55th Street New York, NY 10022
(212) 317-3568

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