Entrepreneurs Wanted

Offering Access to Capital and Community Support

Business Training ● Micro-loans ● Mentors ● Networking

Businessmen interacting at meeting in office

Business Training

8 classes of 3 hours each
Microloan application


$500-$2,500 each


An assigned mentor from the business community
Businessmen having conversation in office


Network with other entrepreneurs and business owners

Interested? Learn If you Qualify for LaunchRaleigh

Our Mission

We support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in Southeast Raleigh, by providing access to business loans, business development services, and networking opportunities.


Our first class is now full.  Please apply now for our next class beginning in Fall 2017.  

Wake Forest Rotary Club

Crabtree Rotary Club

West Raleigh Rotary Club

The Rotary Foundation

Rotary District 7710

Who is LaunchRALEIGH?

Created by the North Raleigh Rotary Club, LaunchRALEIGH strives to develop successful entrepreneurs who have limited access to financial and business resources. Our program is modeled after LaunchDETROIT, a successful community building program created in 2013 by Rotary leaders in Detroit.

Who is Rotary?

We are a community service and global humanitarian organization located in over 200 countries.  Since 1905 Rotarians have attracted business leaders, leaders of non-profits and service focused volunteers. We do projects in our community and around the world and exchange ideas on how we can make an impact.

Who is North Raleigh Rotary and Rotary District 7710?

Our club is made up of 60 men and women who join together to serve our community and have fun. We often work in conjunction with 46 other local clubs across 10 counties forming Rotary District 7710. Across the world there are 1.2 million friends and neighbors who proudly call themselves Rotarians.

Who is Passage Home?

We serve people stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty by connecting families and neighborhoods to resources and opportunities. For over 25 years we have been developing anti-poverty strategies in Wake County. Whether we’re helping a struggling family with affordable housing or an addict with recovery, our approach is the same. We meet people where they are and provide them with the resources necessary to gain economic sustainability.

A Raleigh Initiative

Our network of local partners in Raleigh provides a broad network of support and resources for our entrepreneurs.

A special thanks to John Parker and Steve Monti for their roles advising this project.


2016-2017 Application & Class Schedule


October 10

Applications now accepted for the January 2017 class

November 30

6:00pm Information Session at HQ Raleigh, 310 S. Harrington St., Raleigh, 27603

December 8

6:30pm Information Session at Passage Home, 513 Branch St., Raleigh, NC 27601

December 12-16

Selection Interviews


January 24

6-7:30pm.  Class Induction Ceremony

Jan 31 - March 21

Class meets Tuesday evenings 6-9pm for 8 weeks

March 28

Graduation Ceremony at Wake Tech.  Applications submitted for Micro-loans

Week of May 1

Micro-loans presented to approved entrepreneurs

Ready to Join the next LaunchRALEIGH Class?

We're looking to partner with current small business owners who would benefit from the combination of business and financial resources that LaunchRALEIGH provides. Entrepreneurs with great new business ideas will also be considered.

Interested in being a mentor?

Having a successful mentor relationship can play a critical role in the future success of our students, and can be extremely fulfilling for the mentor. Learn more about the role and mentorship opportunity with LaunchRALEIGH.

Questions?  Get in touch

About Us

LaunchRALEIGH strives to develop successful entrepreneurs who have limited access to financial and business resources.



  Raleigh, NC