Tuesday, May 8, 2012

You are Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem - Entrepreneurs Academy

Your organization plays a critical role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and is invited be part of a new initiative, the Entrepreneurs Academy.  The Academy was developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. This innovative 2-day program will help entrepreneurs navigate the rich set of resources available in the Orlando area and will enable them to build critical connections to resources to innovate and grow.

We would like to include your organization as key resource within the ecosystem which would be described at the Entrepreneurs Academy and included on the Orlando, Inc. website.  

If you are interested in participating in the Academy as a supporting faculty member and tell participants about your organization and services, please let me know so that I can provide you with the appropriate date, time and location.

Created by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurs Academy is all about entrepreneurs and experts helping entrepreneurs. The inaugural Academy will be held on Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31, at Rollins College. It will bring together 20 to 25 growth-oriented entrepreneurs and they will hear first-hand from other successful entrepreneurs who have benefitted from these resources. The inaugural Academy will be chaired by Marty Rubin, CEO and President of Smart City, the nation's leading communications provider to convention centers and hospitality venues, and Past Chair of the Orlando, Inc. Board of Directors. 

Two-Days of Learning From Experts and Entrepreneurs

In this exclusive, two-day interactive session, entrepreneurs with meet and work with experts and entrepreneurs who represent elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem: Advocates, Entrepreneurial Educators, Funding Sources, Professional Services, Recognition, Resource Providers, Sources of Innovation and Talent. All of them focused on helping take a business to the next level. During the Entrepreneurs Academy, they will learn about resources available to entrepreneurs, build strong connections, create a customized action plan for their business, receive a one-on-one consultation meeting to monitor this plan.

If appropriate, you are welcome to invite your clients to apply for Entrepreneurs Academy. The inaugural class in May will be for business owners with 2 to 25 employees who have been in business for at least 2 years. Please feel free to direct clients to apply on-line at www.orlando.org/academy. The price is $195 for Orlando, Inc. members and business owners/residents of the City of Orlando, and $395 for non-members.

If for any reason, you do not want to be included or listed in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, please let me know by Friday, May 18.

As organizations that serve entrepreneurs, this is a great opportunity for us, together, to nurture a vibrant and connected entrepreneurial ecosystem. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Leslie Hielema
Orlando, Inc. (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce)

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