Local First Arizona's We Rise Cohort - October 2021

Aug 11, 2021  -  Business

Local First Arizona’s We Rise business accelerator is a new, no-fee program offering comprehensive six-month cohorts for Arizona’s Black entrepreneurs. Meeting bi-weekly, startups will receive classroom instruction and mentorship from Black entrepreneurs with firsthand experience and expertise in starting or growing a small business in Arizona. The We Rise business accelerator will expose start-up businesses or experienced businesses that are missing fundamental components of entrepreneurship to the nuts and bolts needed to build a successful business in Arizona’s economy. During the COVID era, classes will be through remote learning. They may be in person in the future, pending community safety recommendations.

Business Benefits

Learn from local Black entrepreneurs with firsthand experience and expertise in starting a small business in Arizona.

  • Get one-on-one support for your planning and business needs to differentiate and strengthen your business model.

  • Join a community of local Black-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and business professionals working to build equitable systems for Arizona’s local businesses and communities.

  • Build financial skills, savings, and access to capital.

  • Safely explore the social aspects of being a Black-owned business in Arizona.


The following are criteria for individuals interested in applying for the We Rise business accelerator:

  • Self identifies as a Black-owned business.

  • Must be 18+.

  • A Black American entrepreneur with some experience of running a business. The prospective candidate must have some knowledge of entrepreneurship but needs assistance with the fundamentals of establishing or growing a business such as creating a business plan, registering their business, etc. 

  • Business owner(s) must be available bi-weekly on Wednesday nights from 5 to 7 p.m. to attend class. Given the rigor of the program, participants can only have 1 absence of class. Please inquire about child care options for parents who are accepted into the program. https://localfirstaz.com/we-rise