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Club Incubator Program: A New Grant Opportunity to Turn Fencing Passion Into a Profession

06/06/2024, 8:00am CDT
By Bryan Wendell

USA Fencing’s new Club Incubator Program, a program launched in partnership with Fencing Ventures, offers grant money for individuals to start their own fencing club.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Many of us have made fencing our life, but only some are able to make it their career. For those who dream of turning that passion into a thriving profession, we’re pleased to introduce the Club Incubator Program — a first-of-its-kind grant opportunity designed to help you start your very own fencing club.

Through this initiative, new club owners will gain assistance and support in setting up their legal entities, creating branding, locating club facilities and much more. Each step of the way, you'll have expert guidance to ensure your success. By joining the Club Incubator Program, individuals have the opportunity to set up their own fencing club and focus their attention on coaching, with continuous support from the Fencing Ventures team. 

After just three months of the program, you’ll be running your own classes, welcoming your first group of students and building a vibrant community around the sport you love.

This initiative will run four times each year, with the upcoming contingent starting in September.

Individuals accepted into the September 2024 cohort will each be awarded a $10,000 grant to go toward the costs of setting up their own fencing club. We are hopeful that future cohort participants may be given similar grants on a selective basis.

The number of spots in the September 2024 cohort with grant funding is limited. If you’re interested in applying, please visit this link to begin the application process.

The application process is designed to identify passionate individuals with a clear vision for their future fencing clubs. Initially, applicants will share basic information about themselves and their plans. Selected applicants will then go through an interview process to discuss their business aspirations and ensure a good match for a long-term partnership between the new club and Fencing Ventures.

Fencing Ventures is a company founded by Jacob Wischnia. The company is based in Pennsylvania and focuses on growing the sport of fencing by investing in people and technology solutions with the potential to advance the sport. For more information, please visit

Together, let's grow the sport we love. Apply now and take the first step towards turning your fencing passion into a flourishing profession.

"We’re delighted to bring this program to members of our community who have dreamed of opening up their own fencing club,” says Brad Suchorski, USA Fencing’s Director of Membership, Service and Growth. “We see this program as an ideal way to bring more families to our sport, provide more local competition opportunities and support our growing community of grassroots fencers.”

For more information, please reach out via email to

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