Target Forward Founders Applications Now Open!

Ready to take your business to the next level with this virtual, eight-week program for early-stage product companies looking to better understand retail? The Target Accelerators team is now ACCEPTING applications for the Target Forward Founders  until 11:59PM CT on March 21. Through this program you’ll get connected to industry-disrupting founders, Target team members, and other cohort members while gaining access to industry-leading retail resources and partnerships.

Before applying, here are some important requirements and categories for Target Forward Founders participants to consider:

  • Must have an LLC, C-Corp, B-Corp or other registered entity
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must currently be selling a physical product
  • Must be considered as one of the following categories:
    • Baby and Toddler: Bath and Potty, Car Seats, Clothing, Gear and Activities, Health and Safety, Nursery, Nursing and Feeding, Shoes, Strollers, Toys
    • Beauty and Personal Care: Bath and Body, Cotton Balls, Deodorant and Antiperspirant, Eye Care, Feminine Products, Foot Care, Fragrances, Hair Accessories, Hair Care, Hair Color, Hair Removal and Shave, Hand Soap and Sanitizer, Hair Tools, Incontinence, Makeup, Men’s Grooming, Nails, Oral Care, Personal Care, Skin Care, Spa and Massage, Sun Care and Tanning, Other, Tools
    • Entertainment: Board Games, Books, Electronics, Movies, Music, Sports and Outdoors, Toys, Travel, Video Games
    • Food and Beverage: Adult Beverages, Bakery, Beverages, Candy, Dairy, Dry/Pantry, Fresh/Produce, Frozen, Meat Alternatives, Seafood, Snacks
    • Home: Arts, Crafts, and Sewing, Bath, Bedding, Candles, Furniture, Heating, Cooling, and Air Quality, Home Appliances, Home Decor, Kids’ Home, Kitchen and Dining, Mattresses, Other, Rugs, Smart Home, Storage and Organization, Throw Pillows, Vacuums and Floor Cleaning, Window Treatments
    • Household Essentials: Air Fresheners, Cleaning Supplies, Dish Detergents, Food Storage Bags and Containers, Hand Soap and Sanitizers, Insect and Pest Control, Laundry Care, Paper and Plastic Products, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Trash Bags
    • Pets: Beds and Furniture, Food, Supplies, Technology, Toys, Healthcare
    • Other: don’t see your category listed. Email us at  to see if your company is eligible
    • Note our team will not be accepting applications for the following categories: Apparel and Accessories, CDs, DVDs, and books.  

For more information on the Target Forward Founders program, visit the program page.

Not sure if you want to apply? Register for one of our webinars below to learn directly from our team.

Forward Founders Informational Webinar & Application Tips & Tricks

March 3, 2022 at 12:00pm CST | Watch the recording here

Target Forward Founders – Ask Me Anything Webinar

March 14, 2022 at 4:00PM CST | Watch the recording here

Click each image to read about the alumni in the cohorts we have hosted:

Target Accelerators Forward Founders Inaugural Cohort 2021 Text      Target Accelerators Forward Founders Cohort 2 text with yellow and blue colors


Visit our application guide for the best tips to stand out when you apply.

Still not sure if the Target Forward Founders program is the right one for you? Visit our program page to learn about other programs we host or our contact page to get connected.