Selected entrepreneurs receive individualized mentoring, training, and resources – dedicated to helping founders hit a critical business goal – all at no cost. 

Milestone Makers

At the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, we’re committed to investing in the individuals taking big risks to solve problems in new ways. That's why we created Milestone Makers, a way to help mid-stage entrepreneurs set, hit, and celebrate milestones critical to company growth.  

Through our expertise and prestigious business network, we’ll work with a small cohort of entrepreneurs one-on-one to define a critical business goal and accelerate their path to achieving it. Participants will be individually matched with mentors who are leaders in your industry, will offer instant feedback, and will take a personal interest in helping you grow.  

Upon acceptance, we offer customized resources to meet your needs and learning style. This three-month program will also elevate and amplify your brand through media and PR opportunities, culminating with a celebration that widely shares your success by hosting you and your company on Nasdaq's Time Square Tower.  

The Center, in partnership with our corporate sponsors, is proud to make this a free program with a pay-it-forward philosophy. As a distinguished part of our community, Milestone Makers will return to teach, share, and nominate the next cohort of great leaders. 

Thematic Cohorts in 2021


Following the tremendous success of the Summer 2020 COVID-19 solutions focused cohort, the Center is pleased to announce that Milestone Makers cohorts in 2021 will focus on supporting early-to-mid stage founders working on the specific UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) noted below. The program remains virtual and aims to help founders across the globe solve some of the world’s biggest problems. The Center will work with these entrepreneurs to define critical business goals and help accelerate their path to achieving them. 

The 2021 Milestone Makers programs are for any founder addressing the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

The Summer 2021 Milestone Makers program will support companies that are:

Supporting Sustainable cities and communities:

  • Ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrade slums
  • Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all
  • Enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management
  • Reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities
  • Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces

Helping Industries, Innovation and Infrastructure:

  • Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product
  • Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets
  • Upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable
  • Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support
  • Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries
  • Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries

Applications for the Summer cohort are now closed. Sign up here to be notified when the next round opens.

Summer Cohort Decisions will be released on June 25th, 2021

Who should participate?

Early-to-mid-stage entrepreneurs looking to set and hit a critical business milestone in the next quarter. You’re committed to accomplishing this goal because it will have an important, positive effect for your company’s development. What is a milestone? Here’s the definition we’re using.

Today, you might be stuck, at a point of stagnation, or going through a period of high-growth and opportunity but need to be prescriptive about staying focused on achieving results. 

The Summer 2021 Milestone Makers program will support companies that are:

Supporting Sustainable cities and communities:

  • Ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrade slums
  • Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all
  • Enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management
  • Reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities
  • Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces

Helping Industries, Innovation and Infrastructure:

  • Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product
  • Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets
  • Upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable
  • Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support
  • Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries
  • Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries

What is a milestone? Here’s the definition we’re using. 

Milestone noun /ˈmīlˌstōn/ 

1. An important goal you’ve set for your business that takes time, tenacity, and more than a little creative thinking to attain. 

2. An achievement that signals your business is on its way to the next stage of growth (and that deserves celebration). 

A Milestone is your next important business goal that can be achieved in 12 weeks. If this goal is met, it should have an important positive effect on your business. 

Sign up here to be notified when the next round of apps open 

What does the program offer? 

The program begins with access to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center's prestigious network, partners, and community, including professional resources offered by leading industry experts. This includes:  

• Coach (1:1 professional coaching specially matched for you) 

• Business mentors curated to your needs, aspirations, and definitions of success 

• A strengths assessment identifying your key skills and gaps 

• Recommendations for custom training and VIP events 

• Accountability check-ins and monthly working sessions as needed 

• Milestone setting strategy and practice for this quarter and next 

• Development of key marketing assets and opportunities including a your photo & logo on the Nasdaq tower in Times Square, New York City, upon graduation. Plus, media coverage and distribution through the Nasdaq Center and Nasdaq media.

Questions? 

We highly encourage you to sign up for and attend an Information Session. 

Opportunities to Get Involved:

Milestone Makers is built on the pay-it-forward mentality crucial for advancing regional and global networks of entrepreneurship. You can get involved by: 

Mentor a Milestone Maker

Interested in sharing your insights, experiences and learnings from your business expertise to high-talent founders? Please contact Colin Mahin at colin.mahin@thecenter.nasdaq.org. to be considered as a formal mentor in the Milestone Makers program.

Coach a Milestone Maker 

Are you a personal business coach interested in supporting a high-talent founder? We’ll match each Milestone Makers with a coach to assist them with need awareness, prioritization, and support throughout the 12-week program. Coaches are asked to meet with their Milestone Makers twice a month. Please contact Colin Mahin at colin.mahin@thecenter.nasdaq.org.


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