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August 2018

Fall Kickoff event

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Start your semester off with a bang at the Fall VT Entrepreneurship Kickoff event!  Join us for a high energy event featuring prominent speakers, food and hands-on activities.  Kickoff is designed to meet you wherever you are in your entrepreneurship journey and get you moving forward on ideas and new ventures.  Come meet fellow hokie-entrepreneurs as well as alumni and corporate partners.  Swag for first 200 students in line when the doors open!

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September 2018

Venture Builders: Ideation Workshop

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Want to start your own business but don't yet have an idea? In this hands-on, minds-on workshop we'll help you get started by introducing a few entrepreneurial habits and exercises to generate ideas. Already have an idea, come figure out how you can make it better!

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Venture Builders: Market Feasibility Workshop

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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So maybe you’ve got an idea you’re working on. Or perhaps a problem you’re obsessed with. To figure out if you should go ahead with your business idea, you need to determine who the potential market(s) might be for your product or service. Who will use this? Who might pay you? Essentially “who cares?” In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn how to generate assumptions of possible markets and how to test these assumptions. In this hands-on, minds-on workshop…

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KickStart VT LivePitch Finals

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Need feedback on an idea? Looking for mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs? How about seed money to get your new venture off the ground or to hit your next milestone? KickStart VT LivePitch events, hosted by the Apex Center, are for aspiring student entrepreneurs. Come get feedback on your venture, hear what other students are working on, and compete for early-stage funding.

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Venture Builders: Elevator Pitches Workshop

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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So you’re working on an idea. What else do you need to be successful? Perhaps funding? Or help from a mentor? Or team members & co-founders? In all cases KNOWING HOW TO TELL A COMPELLING STORY and pitch yourself + your proposed product or service is a must-have skill set to attract resources. It’s equally helpful when looking for an internship or eventually a job! In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn how to frame a short pitch around…

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October 2018

Venture Builders: Market Channels Workshop

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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How do you find customers and convince them of your next great idea? In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you learn about how to leverage various marketing channels and figure out ways to reduce your customer acquisition costs.

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KickStart VT LivePitch Finals

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Need feedback on an idea? Looking for mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs? How about seed money to get your new venture off the ground or to hit your next milestone? KickStart VT LivePitch events, hosted by the Apex Center, are for aspiring student entrepreneurs. Come get feedback on your venture, hear what other students are working on, and compete for early-stage funding.

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Venture Builders: Pricing Workshop

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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So you have this exciting new product or service but you aren't sure how much to sell it for or what it is worth?   In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you'll learn different ways to determine your pricing and/or revenue streams as well as the thresholds customers are willing to pay.

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November 2018

Venture Builders: Persistence and Pivots Workshop

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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So you didn't win? So it didn't work? So you didn't gain enough momentum? Failure and disappointments are apart of the entrepreneurs' journey. In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn about how to overcome self-doubt and keep on keeping-on.

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Venture Builders: Incorporation and IP/Legal Workshop

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Not sure how to get set-up or whether or not you need a patent for your business idea? Looking for answers around how your ideas can be protected? Come learn from experts who advise entrepreneurs which organizing structure is right for you and answer your questions about intellectual property.

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