Wake Forest University- Jumpstart Innovation

So where does one start?…

For those who are entrepreneurially minded, itching to create a venture but sans ideas or previous experience in start-ups, the whole entrepreneurial process may seem extremely daunting. There are several basics that every aspiring entrepreneur should learn about, including how to: generate innovative ideas, analyze and target specific markets and industries, synthesize business models, create sustainable financial models, and pitch effectively. Take a look at the following NCIIA- sponsored workshops at Wake Forest University to get an idea of entrepreneurial essentials for jumpstarting innovation

Upcoming Entrepreneurial Workshops at Wake Forest University:

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Process: Sources of Innovation | Date: 9/7/2011 | Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Location: Innovation Station, 230 Reynolda Hall | Link: http://entrepreneurship.wfu.ed…

This workshop kicks off the NCIIA-sponsored program of workshops and speakers, culminating in the Innovation to Venture Conference to be held in the spring. More details on this workshop will be forthcoming soon.  In the meantime, follow the link above to learn more about the series.

Grant Writing Workshop 1 – Industry & Market Analysis and Targeting | Date: 9/13/2011 | Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Location: Innovation Station, 230 Reynolda Hall | Link: http://entrepreneurship.wfu.ed…

The first of four grant writing workshops for students planning on applying for a new venture seed grant. In order to be successful, a venture needs to have a clear and compelling competitive advantage.  To identify that competitive advantage, it is important to understand the industry and where the market potential is and to know specifically who the intended target is and why they would be motivated to buy.  This workshop will help you understand how to perform this analysis.
Grant Writing Workshop 2 – Competitive Advantage and The Business Model | Date: 9/20/2011 | Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Location: Innovation Station, 230 Reynolda Hall | Link: http://entrepreneurship.wfu.ed…

If you are wondering…How does the basic business model go together? How do I identify the resources I will need? How will I source and deliver my product or service? What are the key success factors? … then don’t miss this workshop. This workshop will consider the basic elements of the business model and how they work together.

Grant Writing Workshop 3 – Financial Model & Pricing | Date: 9/27/2011 | Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Location: Innovation Station, 230 Reynolda Hall | Link: http://entrepreneurship.wfu.ed…

This workshop will help you understand how to put together the financial model so that the business is sustainable. If you have an idea and are wondering…How much money do I need to get started? How should I set up the model so I have cash to operate the business? How will I ensure that the venture is sustainable? How should I price my product or service to be both competitive and profitable?… then this workshop is for you.

Grant Writing Workshop 4 – The Proposal and Pitch | Date: 9/29/2011 | Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Location: Innovation Station, 230 Reynolda Hall | Link: http://entrepreneurship.wfu.ed…

Often entrepreneurs have great ideas and have a sound business model, but their proposal is not well written and the funding pitch is weak.  Being successful at raising funds is a learned skill and requires training and rehearsal.  This workshop will help you hone your pitch so you will be more successful in getting the funds your venture idea deserves.

For more information, contact Lucy Lan (lanl8@wfu.edu)

– Lucy Lan, Student Ambassador at Wake Forest University

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