ELPTM - entrepreneurial leaders program

What makes the right ELP candidate?
Hear from Nancy Mathis and some of the judges about what they are looking for as they choose the 16 member cohort of ELP each year.

As alumni members will testify – there is nothing like it to help you grow your business. Start by listening to the video testimonials at View Videos about the Program and then read about the 28 exceptional entrepreneurs just chosen on May 28 2017 to be members of the ELP10 group. Click here to see a document showing what our ELP9 members have to say about the ELP program. If the program feels like a fit for you, read below and download the application is due on March 31st every year.

Download our program brochure.

Target Audience

A small, exceptional group of high potential entrepreneurs is invited each year to the challenging program where insights are exchanged and experiences are shared.

Participants in the entrepreneurial leaders program have businesses that are on average 5-8 years old and are ready to “bust-out” with new products, export, plant expansion and/or hiring.  They may not have much, if any, formal business education and may feel like they are “accidental entrepreneurs” who are just following a passion and now are running a business. They would increase their chances of success by adding on the honest, open, experiences of other entrepreneurs who have dealt with similar issues.

Not you?
If you fall outside this target profile, the Wallace McCain Institute's future programs can be designed to suit your needs.  Send an email to nancy.mathis@wallacemccaininstitute.com and describe your situation and what you would like to see in a program to suit you. 


Program Design

The entrepreneurial leaders program has launched its tenth class in July 2017.  The class will meet once each month for one year.  Each session will be two days in length and will be focused on a central topic.

Guests will be invited to speak to the class and deliver their experience, stories and best practices. Each weekend will draw upon entrepreneurs and workshop leaders.  The program will take place in a residential retreat environment.  

During the one year program, each of the sessions will focus on a different topic.  Each topic will be presented in an academic format and then expanded upon through discussions with guest entrepreneurs. The learning will be internalized by the participants through practical “to-do” activities. Click here for a typical schedule.