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January 2021

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Spring Kickoff Event

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Interested in entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech?  Start your semester off with a bang at the 2021 Spring Kickoff event!  Our virtual Kickoff will feature select student-led startups from our Startup Hokies Accelerator program who are looking for help launching their new venture. Come meet fellow student founders and other students interested in all things entrepreneurship.

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February 2021

Venture Builders Workshop: Startup Frameworks

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshops for startups

Launching something new is hard!  There is so much to do and everything seems important, so what's the next step?  

In this hands-on, minds-on workshop we'll discuss ways to roadmap your journey from idea, to market, to scale and beyond using common frameworks such as the Lean Business Model Canvas, Traction Gap roadmap, and Opportunity Readiness Assessment

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Venture Builders Workshops: Ideation & Opportunities

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshops for startups

Think your new venture is doing well?  How do you know?  Compared to what?  In this hands-on, minds-on workshop we'll discuss ways to identify appropriate goals for your startup and break down these goals into digestible (and trackable) actions.  We'll also touch on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as a way to measure what's most important for the development of your venture. Join us for a fun and informal workshop led by faculty from the Apex Center, who bring real-world experience…

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Ignite Pitch

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ignite

Ignite pitch sessions give students a way to plug into the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Virginia Tech and provide a starting point for those who don’t have an existing venture but are interested in getting started. For students already driving a new venture, Ignite provides a fantastic opportunity to network and build out their teams with students from across all 9 academic colleges and Institutes at Virginia Tech.  For students who just want to meet other students or are looking for…

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KickStart VT – Team Application Deadline

February 14 @ 11:59 pm

It's not too late: apply today for up to $1000 in seed funding to get your new venture off the ground!  It's fast and easy (like 5 minutes on your phone easy...) To pitch your idea for funding, simply complete two steps: Apply online (you’ll be done in 5 minutes and can do it on your phone). A sub-set of entries will be selected by a group of judges to present your idea at a KickStart VT LivePitch Finals. Show up…

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Venture Builders Workshops: Customer Acquisition

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshops for startups

Being an entrepreneur requires a great deal of optimism and a very strong belief in how much new customers will love your product.  Unfortunately, this same optimism often leads us to conclude that customers will beat down our door to purchase the new product. "The market will come to me!"   If only that were true... Come join us for a hands-on, minds-on, workshop to discuss the basics of how to acquire customers (strategies such as SEO, SEM, PR, Social Marketing, direct…

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Ignite Pitch

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ignite

Ignite pitch sessions give students a way to plug into the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Virginia Tech and provide a starting point for those who don’t have an existing venture but are interested in getting started. For students already driving a new venture, Ignite provides a fantastic opportunity to network and build out their teams with students from across all 9 academic colleges and Institutes at Virginia Tech.  For students who just want to meet other students or are looking for…

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KickStart VT – Live Pitch Finals Event

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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 is for you! See what other students are working on and cheer on student teams as they compete for early-stage funding at the KickStart VT LivePitch event, hosted by the Apex Center. YOU determine where some of the prize money goes by voting live at the event for "fan…

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Ignite Pitch

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ignite

Ignite pitch sessions give students a way to plug into the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Virginia Tech and provide a starting point for those who don’t have an existing venture but are interested in getting started. For students already driving a new venture, Ignite provides a fantastic opportunity to network and build out their teams with students from across all 9 academic colleges and Institutes at Virginia Tech.  For students who just want to meet other students or are looking for…

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March 2021

Venture Builders Workshops: Startup Metrics

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshops for startups

There are so many moving parts to startups, how can you effectively measure your company’s growth while at the same time keeping things simple and actionable? It's tough.  We hear ya.  In this hands-on, minds-on workshop we will discuss key metrics for understanding your customers, their journey, and optimizing your funnel as well as setting some valuable and actionable metric goals for your startup. Swing by, meet fellow student entrepreneurs, and talk with faculty practitioners from the Apex Center. Follow…

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