1. Scoping the business value of your idea or innovation.
2. Using a structured methodology to explore business opportunities for the idea.
3. Coaching you to explore the best possible options to move your idea forward.
4. Sharing experiences and insights with other founders.
StartUp Studio 1.0 is a program, not a class:
This is a hands-on coaching program – not training. It’s a dedicated space and time to work on the viability of your idea with guidance from expert coaches and feedback from other founders.
This is a program of 8 weeks for 2 hours each week. Each coaching clinic session is an interactive meeting, with founders presenting and discussing a specific aspect of the business value proposition for their ideas.
We use a best practice methodology known as So what? who cares? why you?® It’s based on visual models, maps and frameworks that Founders populate to explore the business value of their innovations.
Founders helping Founders – the program is open to Founders only. There are six to ten founders in a program. (note: Founders can bring a team member, but only if they are accompanied by the Founder).
What’s in it for the Entrepreneur:
Spend your time before you spend your money – see if your idea has ‘legs’.
Gain alignment among team members – do you agree on the details.
Isolate gaps in your thinking – what’s missing?
Consider different options to commercialize your innovation.
Experience life as an entrepreneur.
Our Commitment to Founders:
We will equip you with the So what? who cares? why you? toolkit to prepare your tools in advance of each session.
Coaching sessions are structured to be high value and results oriented. We will guide the sessions, but you as a Founder fuel the discussion.
We will coach, push and often provoke important conversations to help you work through tough issues.
These are working meetings, not training sessions – you’ll be on your feet drafting and revising your thinking about your idea.
Upon completion of the program, you will walk away with a roadmap showing the business opportunity for your idea. This can be packaged as a ten-slide presentation, summary document, or pitch statement.
Founders Commitment to Us:
As the Founder, you will clear your schedule to attend each weekly meeting.
You will commit to the full program.
You will come prepared with drafts of your tools for the week’s scheduled topic.
You will actively participate in coaching sessions, becoming part of the “extended team” of other Founders in the room.
You will remain open to exploring the possibilities for your idea.
StartUp Studio 1.0 is open to any technology idea or startup.The program fee is $575. StartUp Studio is each Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is a rolling enrollment program and you can join anytime! Participants can bring lunch with them.
In today's marketplace, it's not enough to know just the technology or science. To be successful, you need to understand the business behind it. How do you generate interest? How much is it worth? How do you profit from it? How do you sustain ongoing growth? How do you get the needed financing?
That's where FastTrac TechVenture makes a difference.
Just as you thrive on the frontier of technology and life sciences, this program operates on the cutting edge of business and entrepreneurship. During FastTrac TechVenture, this knowledge is shared with you. Learn how to determine the best way to apply it to your situation to produce a product, build your company, and fulfill your vision.
Learn by Doing
Beyond theories and conjecture, FastTrac TechVenture takes an analytical look at your business. Discover what you need to consider in starting, operating, funding, or growing a technology or life sciences-based business, in a forum that allows you to:
Determine market opportunities and business strategies and pursue them successfully;
Define your target customers;
Develop a solid marketing plan;
Learn to assess and build a top management team;
Calculate the funding needed at each stage of your business and discover the best ways to access it;
Learn the importance of protecting your intellectual property through licenses, patents, trademarks, and copyrights; and
Hone your elevator pitch and investor presentation.
Make Contacts that Build your Network for Success
What many entrepreneurs like best about FastTrac TechVenture are the contacts they make. Our program facilitators are knowledgeable entrepreneurs with an in-depth understanding of growing a business. They introduce you to the tools you need to evaluate your venture and find financing to build a sustainable business.
What's more, you participate in our own brand of business-coaching sessions, establishing productive relationships with other entrepreneurs – just like you. You also gain one-on-one assistance in areas that are critical to the near-term and long-term success of your business.
Make the Most of Your Opportunity
The right time, the right technology, and the right business foundation. Discover what you need to bring your technology or life sciences venture to life with FastTrac TechVenture offered through StartUp Studio 2.0.The program fee is $925. Participants can bring snacks and refreshments with them.
The Innovation Center was awarded a grant from the State of Florida to waive the program fee for qualifying entrepreneurs with military experience (active duty, reservists, retired) in the Tampa Bay area (limited number available). For more information on the details, please contact Danielle Weitlauf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-547-7340.