Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Excellence in Entrepreneurship Certificate Course"

The UCF Business Incubation Program and UCF Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation announce the next offering of the

"Excellence in Entrepreneurship Certificate Course"

This dynamic, intense short course explores the realities of planning and starting a company and helps you learn how to successfully develop and launch a business.

Taught by experienced entrepreneurs, professional service providers and entrepreneurship faculty from the University of Central Florida, the course will help you clarify your business concept and walk you through the steps of planning and starting a business. The course will introduce you to resources and advisors that provide invaluable support in laying the foundation for a successful company. Below are comments from some of the participants in our last class:

"This course has been extremely helpful and beneficial. I really appreciate how 'the good, the bad and the ugly' were presented and the wealth of resources in Central Florida I learned about."

"We've had an amazing restructuring due to what we learned in class and are experiencing an increase in business."

"The class really helped to crystallize what I was doing, how to do it better and who I am doing it for. Thanks!"

"I'm better prepared to build a quality team and I'm excited about the marketing ideas I learned. The course is an outstanding value!"

The course begins Tuesday, October 6, 2009 and concludes Thursday, October 29, 2009. Classes will be held from 6-9pm at theUCF Office of Technology Transfer facility located at12201 Research Parkway Suite 201, Orlando, FL 32826.

The course fee is $400 for the first participant from a company and $200 for each additional participant from the same company. A registration form for the class is attached. Please complete and return it to the UCF Office of Research & Commercialization no later than October 1, 2009. We strongly suggest that all individuals involved in management of the company participate together in the course.

If you have applied to or expressed interest in being considered for acceptance to the Business Incubation Program, this course is a required element of the application process.

Class Schedule

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Session 1 – Developing Successful Business Ideas Is your business concept an idea or truly an opportunity? Learn how to tell the difference. Learn how to analyze the opportunity to develop an effective business model.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Session 2 – Building a Strong Business Team The product or service you will offer is important. Even more important is the team you build - management, employees, Board, investors, service providers. Learn how to build the best team possible to drive the success of your new venture.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Session 3 – Proper Legal and Ethical Foundations Many decisions are involved in establishing a new venture. Learn what the legal options are. Explore how to establish high standards of business ethics.

Thursday, October 15 2009

Session 4 – Marketing Strategies and Effective Sales No matter how beneficial your product or service is, if you don’t know who the customer is and tell the message in an effective way to get their attention, you won’t have sales.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Session 5 – Funding and Financing
You’ve analyzed the opportunity and begun to build a team to drive success. You’ve written a great business plan. How do you secure the financial resources to make it all happen?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Session 6 – Entrepreneurial Insights
A panel of experienced entrepreneurs will share their insights "from the trenches". What have they learned? What would they do differently? What is their advice to you?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Session 7 – Business Presentations

You will have the opportunity to make a presentation to a group of experienced entrepreneurs and get feedback about your business, market and financial opportunities.


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