Milestone Makers Bay Area

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

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 early-to-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 Nasdaq Closing Bell Ceremony that celebrates and widely shares your success. 

Applications for the next Bay Area cohort are scheduled to open in May for the July – October 2017 program. Check back for details. 

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.


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. 

You do not need to be based in San Francisco for the entirety of the program, but will need to travel for the Center kick-off, graduation and a few programs over the 12 weeks. 

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). 

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 place to land and plug into a thriving innovation community in the heart of downtown San Francisco 

• A strengths assessment identifying your key skills and gaps 

• Recommendations for custom training and VIP events 

• Accountability check-ins and monthly working session as needed 

• Milestone setting strategy and practice for this quarter and next 

• Development of key marketing assets and opportunities including a Nasdaq Closing Bell ceremony + ability to invite guests, your photo & logo on the Nasdaq tower in Times Square, New York City, professional photos, videos, media coverage, etc + distribution through the Center and Nasdaq media 

 The next round of applications is scheduled to open in May 2017. 

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 a high-talent founder? We’ll match Milestone Makers with a team of mentors that relate specifically to their milestone goal. Sign up here to either be considered as a formal mentor in the program and meet (in person or virtually) with a Milestone Maker 3+ times for 30-minutes over the 12-week program or for a single meeting. 

Please contact our Program Manager, Kelly Kronmiller at