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The MBA-Level
Entrepreneurship Course
for Faith-Rooted Leaders

Journey through the 10-Modules designed to
move you from Idea to Impact.

Our Call Is To Help You Answer Yours

START is an MBA-level program that develops your skills as a Spiritual Entrepreneur and prepares you to imagine, design and launch a spiritual enterprise.  


Two Ways to Get Started

Go at your own pace or learn and launch with others in a live cohort.


Start building your venture today.

Now available for


No subscriptions. One-time fee.

Live Cohorts

Learn and launch with others in an
11-week multi-faith virtual cohort.

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10 Modules to Move You From Idea to Impact



Envisioning Your Idea

Start by identifying and learning about the people you are serving.


Developing Your Business
or Mission Model

Learn about the nine elements of the business or mission model canvas


Getting to Know Your Customer Part I

Design your first customer journey map


Getting to Know Your Customer Part II

Unearth new insights about your people by conducting empathy interviews


Understanding Your Ecosystem

Explore the ecosystem of current offerings and determine where and how to best position your offering


Testing Your Offering

Build and test your first minimum viable product/offering and learn what works


Creating Your Branding &
Marketing Strategy

Hone the voice of your venture, and identify the channels to reach your people


Measuring What Matters

Get clear on what your impact will be and how you'll reach your goals and outcomes


Resourcing Your Venture

Identify your startup costs, revenue, and the sources to help sustain your venture for the long-term


Making Your Pitch

Craft a compelling story and invitation to share your vision with the world with confidence and passion

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Hear it from our past participants

START inspired me to think more intentionally, systematically, and creatively about my work.

I thought I would cringe when utilizing business terminology for religious endeavors. My experience was the opposite.


Thinking of community members as customers allowed me to put them at the forefront of my mind and my venture.

As clergy, we serve our people but we often get lost in the weeds. START reminded me, that the people come first.

How they got their START ​

Check out the inspiring new ventures emerging from our network


START was everything I needed in my career. I gained a greater understanding of myself as a person, business owner, and creator. START gives participants access to amazing tools, information, and a framework for creating ventures that can be used time and time again.

Cobi K., Founder

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This work can be very isolating. Spiritual entrepreneurship is spiritual when done relationally, and if anyone is looking to simply meet other faith-rooted entrepreneurs, Glean Network's START is it.

Eugene K., Founder


START helped me confidently launch my new venture. I found clarity and direction for my project and now feel part of a larger community of spiritual entrepreneurs. 

Jonathan C., Founder

Choose A Path That Works for You​

Go at your own pace or Join an upcoming live cohort

START Self-Paced
Lifetime access to 10 modules of spiritual entrepreneurship essentials
Go at your own pace and schedule
Access to the Glean Network Slack Community
START Live Cohort
Lifetime access to 10 modules of spiritual entrepreneurship essentials
Learn & launch with fellow participants in an 11-week multi-faith, virtual cohort
Access to the Glean Network Slack Community
Certificate of spiritual entrepreneurship with completion of course
Live pitch presentation with feedback
Access to dedicated, supportive coaching & mentoring

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is START?
    Since 2016, Glean Network’s START program has provided foundational knowledge and human-centered design tools to hundreds of faith-rooted spiritual entrepreneurs and innovators, catalyzing new models of faith and hope in action. Now offered in two distinct formats, START Self-Paced is for those ready to learn and apply design-thinking, entrepreneurship and business fundamentals today. START Live Cohort is our proven 11-week cohort, taught by an MBA-level faculty. It is designed for those faith-rooted leaders who have a working concept and are looking for a supportive, accountable, and generative space to launch.
  • Who do I contact if I have more questions?
    Schedule time to speak with a coach today or email us at and we look forward to learning more about you.
  • Why are you offering this course?
    The American religious landscape is in the midst of a tectonic shift, as the fastest growing religious group in America is “Nones” (those who identify as having no religion), and thousands of houses of worship have closed each year for at least the past decade. And yet - despite these alarming trends - there is an emergent groundswell of innovative spiritual practice, communities, and ventures taking root across the country. ​ Founded in 2016, Glean Network sought to bring together the leaders who were prepared to reimagine their ministry in light of these shifts, and to offer them tools, experiences, and coaching to support them in their journey. Most importantly, Glean Network has offered them a community of fellow travelers with whom to walk, reflect, and dream. We believe that the faith-rooted leaders who have a passion for serving their people and communities need practical and accessible design-thinking skills and tools to support their innovation and growth. The world needs courageous, creative ideas and bold, visionary leadership. START is a supportive and generative container for you to begin the work.
  • Who is teaching the course?
    START is taught by an MBA-level faculty from both the Glean Network and our partners at Venture for All. The course is also supported by START Coaches and Network Alumni, those who have gone through the program and/or launched a spiritual enterprise themselves who are here to guide and support you in your venture building journey. You can read more about our faculty and coaches on our team page.
  • What are the live cohort dates and times?
    The next cohort will be in Spring 2024 (Cohort 09) April 9-June 18, Tuesdays, 12-2 PM EST on Zoom Apply at
  • What are the costs associated with START?
    Self-Paced is a one-time fee of $99. Glean Network administers our live cohort programs on a self-determined sliding scale as a practice of equity and interdependence. We invite you to reflect and contribute what is accessible within your means. We also invite you to consider how your contributions can support us in creating wider access to those with fewer resources. ​ If you are sponsored by an organization, please select from the Organization sliding scale according to your institution's budget. Learn more about our pricing policies. If you are seeking financial assistance, a limited number of live-cohort registrations are available at a discounted rate for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact, with subject line: FA for START Live Cohort
  • Is this an accredited MBA program?
    START is not an accredited MBA program. The course curriculum content is MBA-level education made in partnership with Venture for All, with over 10-years of proven methods, structured assignments and readings designed to support new entrepreneurs in launching successful ventures.
  • Is there a certificate offered with the completion of START?
    Those who successfully complete the START Live Cohort (inclusive of 80% attendance, 100% completion of assignments, readings, video lectures, and final pitch presentation) will receive the Glean Network/Venture for All Certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship. Completion of START Self Paced does not include this certificate.
  • What is the time commitment for START?
    START Self Paced contains approximately 7-hours of video content, inclusive of ten essential modules, each with readings, video lectures, and assignments that can take an estimated one to three hours to complete. Some modules require external work, including customer discovery interviews and product testing, which can vary depending on your pace and schedule. START Live Cohort is an 11-week virtual learning experience inclusive of 22 hours of live virtual meetings, where participants will have an opportunity to review the 10 essential module lessons together in breakout groups, 1:1 engagements, coaching, and more. You will be expected to complete between 3-4 hours of homework outside of your weekly live virtual meetings.
  • What is the course syllabus like?
    The START Curriculum is designed to guide participants on a thoughtful and actionable journey from idea to impact. These ten essential entrepreneurship modules take the student through four key stages: Discover, Deepen, Define, and Design. Discover Module 1: Envisioning Your Idea Module 2: Developing Your Business or Mission Model Deepen Module 3: Getting to Know Your Customer (Part 1) Module 4: Getting to Know Your Customer (Part 2) Define Module 5: Understanding Your Ecosystem Module 6: Testing Your Offering Module 7: Developing Your Brand and Marketing Strategy Design Module 8: Measuring What Matters Module 9: Peering into the Financials Module 10: Making Your Pitch For more information, schedule a call with a coach.
  • Where can I read past participant testimonials?
    We're proud to have had over 200 spiritual entrepreneurs from all different contexts, faiths, traditions and belongings graduate from our course and launch new ventures. Here are just a few quotes from some of our recent participants: This was a healing space! EVERY session, I walked away deeply touched by the wisdom, stories and expertise of my cohort members, coaches and Glean Network staff. - Aishah B. Before START I had a sense of call, and I understood a gap in spiritual caregiving - but START helped me distill that and point me back to the customers. Every week, I left inspired, encouraged, grateful for the community, and excited about the next step in my venture. -Rev. Courtney A. START came at the perfect time in my life - as I was making a professional transition and needed a framework for dreaming a new reality into existence. It was nourishing, supportive, iterative and creative. And it wasn't just a class - it was a weekly ritual of transformation. I am so grateful. -Rabbi Jen G. After 25 years in the mission field, START served not only as a source of new material and information, but also provided some much needed renewal and reinvigoration. Ready for the next 25! -Rabbi Carnie R. Please visit this link here to learn about some of the experiences of our START alumni.

We're Here to Help

Have questions about the program or which path to choose?

START Coaches are here to champion you and help you get to the next step.

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Proud to Partner with Venture for All®


Glean Network is proud to partner with Venture for All® to bring you START. Venture For All is a global entrepreneurship program that serves talented students and professionals who seek to innovate and thrive in an ever-evolving global environment by offering comprehensive world-class interactive learning experiences that enhance their ability to apply entrepreneurial thinking and contemporary leadership practices.

Learn more at

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