Common Questions

Brian Hamilton Foundation's Starter U: How to Start and Grow A Business


Common Questions

Who can take this course?

Starter U is available to anyone free of charge! While the foundation focuses on those who have the odds stacked against them, this class is for anyone, whether you are thinking of starting business or already have a business and need some additional direction. Start today and begin learning how to launch a business or take your current business to the next level.

Can I take this course on the go?

Yes – Starter U has a dedicated mobile app so you can take your learning with you.

To download for iPhone:

– Go to the App Store

– Search “Brian Hamilton Foundation”

– Download

– Login and Begin Learning

To download for Android:

– Go to the Google Play Store

– Search “Matrix LMS”

– Download

– Enter “brianhamilton” for URL

– Login and Begin Learning

Is there a charge for the course?

No, Starter U is offered free of charge. The foundation pays for each active user each month, so we only ask that you complete the course (8 hours of video lessons and 2-3 hours of content assessments) within 3-5 weeks.

What does the course cover?

Starter U covers everything you need to know to start, run, and grow a business. There are a lot of entrepreneurship resources out there; Starter U distills everything down to one simple course that will set you up to start your business tomorrow.

Who teaches the course?

Starter U is 100 percent taught by entrepreneurs who have successfully started and grown their own businesses, including some of the nation’s most successful companies. Throughout the course, you will hear stories from over a dozen entrepreneurs who not to long ago were exactly in your spot. Our curriculum was developed by experienced entrepreneurs, so you, the learner, can cut through the entrepreneurship fog and focus on what matters.

What if I have a question while taking the course?

Starter U is equipped with a community forum, discussion topics, and private messaging system. If you are unable to get your questions answered through any of those avenues, contact the foundation at info@brianhamilton.org or (866) 753-3726.

Can I talk to other participants?

Yes, Starter U has online community forums where you can communicate with other participants and ask questions about the course, entrepreneurship, or anything in between. If you don’t see a thread related to a question you have, start your own!

Can I really start a business with less than $1,000?

Yes, and we don’t just say that, we’ve done it. The fact is, the majority of businesses in the U.S. are self-funded. Whether you are starting with $10 or $1,000,000, we will teach you how to take a business idea and build it to reach your end goal.

What’s in it for you?

The satisfaction of helping others. We do not financially benefit from Starter U in any way, and at no point will we try to sell you something. Our founder, Brian Hamilton, has been an entrepreneur all his life. He established the foundation to share what he has learned and to create a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who want to help anyone who has an idea and wants to turn it into a business.

I’m an experienced entrepreneur and want to teach this course locally. What do I do?

By taking the Starter U instructor version, you can become certified to teach our course in your local city. Starter U is always free: instructors are required to offer the Starter U courses on a volunteer basis, without charging a fee to students.

I’m not an entrepreneur but want to offer this course. What do I do?

Unfortunately, only experienced entrepreneurs are permitted to become certified instructors. If you are an organization that wants to offer this course as a program, you can identify a local entrepreneur who is willing to volunteer their time to become certified and teach the course.

“I didn’t know what an entrepreneur was but the[n] when Mr. Hamilton came to West Wilkes Middle School it changed my perspective on business careers.”

Caleb Huffman Student West Wilkes Middle School

Being a mentor… allows me to empower aspiring entrepreneurs with the business tools that they need to be successful in our society.

Monica Russell Mentor Inmates to Entrepreneurs

We believe that entrepreneurship unlocks the door to economic opportunity in the United States.

Margaret Froneberger Chief Executive Officer Brian Hamilton Foundation

Having your own company is for everyone, not just those born into privilege.

Brian Hamilton Founder Brian Hamilton Foundation