Torrey Project
Stakeholder Bootcamp

A bootcamp for business leaders ready to utilize
the power of business as a force for good. 

Applications are now Closed as of September 19, 2021, but you can still join the waitlist for the next cohort!

Fall Bootcamp 2021 – Cohort 7

October 11 – November 19, 2021

This cohort is intended for businesses and organizations past ideation stage (including established businesses and nonprofits). Entrepreneurs who apply to this program are willing to embrace stakeholder capitalism and use their business as a force for good.

 

We are passionate about our mission of transforming capitalism and harnessing the power of business as a force for good in the world. We teach “Stakeholder Theory” which calls on business leaders to take all stakeholders into consideration when making strategic decisions. This means creating value for employees, customers, suppliers and business partners. This challenges business leaders to consider their impact on the environment and society at large.

 

Since our launch in 2019, we have conducted 6 Bootcamps with 54 participants. Our program is designed to emphasize the pursuit of purpose as well as profits. We especially encourage applications from women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and those from underserved communities to apply for the program. We truly believe that these entrepreneurs who have been left behind can unlock tremendous opportunities that entrepreneurship can create.​​

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Our Performance and Impact

​This 6 week online bootcamp will start Monday October 11th, ending on Friday November 19th.

We are offering a discounted early bird rate for our tuition until August 31st.
After that, all tiers increase except for businesses with revenue or funding under $100K. 

 

Our program is designed to...

  • Focus on participant’s personal & professional growth

  • Form an interactive learning community

  • Develop participants’ knowledge and skills that will fast-track their business

  • Focus on accountability – shared frame of reference to strengthen business culture

  • Build relationships that transcend the business network

  • Engage in self-reflection, connection, and mindfulness.

  • Cultivate a safe, supportive environment to grow and flourish​​

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours should I expect to commit each week?


You can expect to spend anywhere between 5-7 hours per week. This would include mandatory 2 sessions of 2 hours per week. In addition you are expected to spend time on pre homework and participate in Pitch sessions and office hours (if needed).




What is the format of the Bootcamp ?


All online through Zoom, plus Slack & Google Drive for communication. Participants will be required to read / watch content in preparation for each live session. Live sessions will then be focused on active discussion and workshops to work on applying concepts to the participant companies.​ • Weeks 1 & 2 will focus on conscious leadership skills. • Weeks 3 & 4 will be focused on technical topics such as finance, legal, and investing. • Weeks 5 & 6 will be tailored specifically to the companies that are in the cohort. Each week (6 weeks): • 2 x 2-hour live sessions Monday & Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm PT / 9-11pm ET • 1 x 2-hour Office Hours Fridays afternoon12-2pm PT / 3-5pm ET​ 2 x 2-hour “Torrey Tank” sessions (pitching & feedback), Tuesdays afternoon12-2pm PT / 3-5pm ET, Week 2 and 6




What do you teach?


The curriculum and calendar will be finalized based on applications received. This means we’ll focus on topics each cohort needs or wants to discuss. Each topic will always have a multi-stakeholder approach since we focus on training the next generation of entrepreneurs who seek to run conscious, world-changing businesses. We always welcome feedback as we continue to adapt our programs to serve under-resourced entrepreneurs. Topics that we have covered in the past or intend to cover in the current cohort include: (Some may not be relevant for this cohort and we might add more depending on participants' profile) • Conscious leadership: Finding purpose and redefining success • Clarifying mission, vision and values • Business structure and certifications for socially responsible businesses (Social enterprise, B Corps) • Developing core value propositions and messaging for brand differentiation • Fundraising and Financing - Attracting mission aligned capital and investors • Investment Readiness - Pitch Deck • Building high performance teams and conflict resolution through trust • Creating a fully engaged company Culture aligned with values • Diversity, equity and Inclusion • Adapting to hybrid workforce culture • Sustainability in supply chain and regenerative principles • Business tools and strategies for scaling impact • Triple Bottom Line accounting framework • Measuring Social Impact • Strategic recruiting - finding co-founder(s) & employees




Will there be homework?


Participants will be required to read / watch content in preparation for each live session. Live sessions will then be focused on active discussion and workshops to work on applying concepts to the participant companies. These may include 15 minute TED Talks, other videos, and/or articles.




How much should I expect to pay?


Torrey Project’s bootcamps have traditionally been tuition-free/Pay-What-You-Value. We have been philanthropically funded to date, but the pandemic catalyzed our shift towards more financially sustainable models - we need this to keep the Torrey Project alive. On average, our participants perceive the fair market value (FMV) of our bootcamp to be $6,120. This Cohort we will be charging tuition based on revenues (Including any funding received). Please refer to the table below. We are offering a discounted early bird rate for our tuition until August 31st, 2021. After that all tiers increase, except for businesses with revenue or funding under $100K.




What will I gain from attending the bootcamp?


Upon graduating the bootcamp, you will... • Have an understanding and appreciation of stakeholder capitalism and its benefits to your company or nonprofit • Develop conscious leadership skills • Establish a supportive network of like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors • Gain skills, knowledge, and tools to enhance the culture and processes of your organization




What if I cannot afford to pay?


We will never turn anyone away because they cannot pay. Our mission is to support entrepreneurs that come from backgrounds where money may be difficult and to make sure that we provide equitable opportunities for all, especially with education in entrepreneurship, which is a powerful tool for wealth generation. We honor the “pay it forward” mentality, where if you cannot afford to donate what you value today, we trust that you will be able to do so when your company is successful. Your donations make it possible for the next cohort to participate. ​




Can I participate if I'm not in the US?


We encourage participants across the globe to attend the Bootcamp. In the past we've had participants joining in from Canada, Colombia and Mexico. As the sessions are live, as long as you can attend the sessions during the scheduled hours (Refer to "What is the format of the Bootcamp?"), it doesn't matter where in the world you're located.




I have an idea and plan to start a business soon. Am I eligible to apply?


We have offered programs for startups in the ideation stage in prior Bootcamps. However, this particular Bootcamp for Fall 2021 will be customized for businesses that have already started operations, i.e. started offering products/services and generating revenue. We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter or share your details via the contact form. We will notify you if we hold a Startup Bootcamp in the future for those who are yet to start their business. We appreciate your interest.





 
 

Still have a question? Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
You can also email us at info@torreyproject.org

Past Bootcamp Speakers

Claudia Schwartz

Claudia Schwartz

Founder, HR Results Director HR Leadership Program at UCSD

David Ferran

David Ferran

CEO, Torrey Project Board Member, UNH Sustainability Initiative

Dr Gustavo Grodnitzky

Dr Gustavo Grodnitzky

Owner, Gustavo Grodnitzky PLLC Author of "Culture Trumps Everything"

Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker

Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker

CEO, TEEM Innovation Group

Gayani Weerasinghe

Gayani Weerasinghe

Owner, Law Offices of Gayani Weerasinghe

Kelly O'Hara

Kelly O'Hara

Founder, Uplift Accounting

Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty

Founder, Business Frontiers, Inc.

Michael Vargas

Michael Vargas

Founder, Lead by Impact

Nicole Chen

Nicole Chen

Partner/Consulting CFO, Precision Financial LLC

Rebecca Dray

Rebecca Dray

Executive Director, Buy Social USA CEO, Society Profits

Tristan Higgins

Tristan Higgins

Founder, Metaclusive LLC

Jessa Spainhower

Jessa Spainhower

Co-Founder, A STELLAR CO Founder, Shirt Sauna

Laurel Glass Lees

Laurel Glass Lees

Co-Founder, A STELLAR CO Executive Member, Controlled Thermal Resources

Testimonials

From our graduates

 

I was looking to start my own business but didn’t know I could make money doing good for the world. Torrey Project changed my mind and gave me the courage and resources to do it.

– Laurel Lees

The stakeholder approach is a very important part of the Torrey message. This refocused perspective on business works to create organizations that respect all stakeholders including people, the environment, and more

– Charles Bullard

We wanted to learn more about conscious capitalism and how to effectively create and maintain a startup. My expectations as a entrepreneur and leader were exceeded throughout my experience within the Torrey Project.

– Matteo Tousignant-Hernandez

Listen to what our Alumni have to say

We welcome entrepreneurs who are committed to doing businesses in a way that creates value not only for investors, but also for other stakeholders like employees, local communities, the environment and more. You don't need to be an expert in multi-stakeholder operating systems to be accepted into the bootcamp, but you do need to have a viable business idea and be strongly committed to using business as a tool to make the world a better place. 

Sponsor a Bootcamp- And Put Your Name on It

If you're a company interested in sponsoring a Startup Bootcamp cohort, please reach out to us via email at info@torreyproject.org or click the "Sponsor a Startup Bootcamp" link below.