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Definition Innovator

This 3 month program helps Chicago-based Makers strategically grow and scale their businesses.

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Preparing Chicago Makers for

Business Growth & Sustainability

Definition Innovator is a 3-month program that prepares Chicago-based, product businesses for growth & helps them build profitable, sustainable, and scalable businesses.

We will lead a group of Chicago's South & Westside Makers through a series of 37 Oaks University Courses; 1:1 Coaching/ Mentorship; Study Halls; Creative Workshops & Capital Education to prepare them for growth.

Upon successful completion of the program, entrepreneurs will receive a small business stipend to support business operations. Details are to be discussed at orientation.

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Who Should



  • Only Chicagoland businesses 

  • Growing, product-based businesses that

    • Need support growing operations.

    • At least two solid years of business sales.



  •  12 live webinar + on-demand courses

    • Topics: Financials, Strategy, Marketing, Branding, Capital, more!

  • Monthly 1:1 coaching

  • Pop-up markets 

  • Group exercises + guest speakers

  • Small business stipend

  • Pitch competition

Key Dates &


  • 3 Month Program

  • Aug 22 : Applications Close + Finalist Contacted

  • Sep 5 at 5:30 pm : Orientation

  • Sep 12 - Nov 21 : Classes on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

  • Dec 5 : Graduation

Space is limited, apply today!

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