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September 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Market Feasibility

September 11, 2019 @ 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...  Or perhaps you’re obsessed with a problem...  To figure out if you should go ahead with your business idea, you need to answer a few questions: What problem does this solve?  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 your "early-adopter" target market and how to test these assumptions.  Come get the answer to the question "who cares!"…

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KickStart VT – Team application DEADLINE

September 15, 2019 @ 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 Workshop: Elevator Pitches

September 18, 2019 @ 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 a new product or service.  What else do you need to be successful?  Perhaps funding? Or help from a mentor?  Or team members & co-founders to round out your skill sets? KNOWING HOW TO TELL A COMPELLING STORY and pitch yourself + your proposed product or service is a must-have skill set to attract resources.   If you need money, advice or help moving forward this workshop is for you! In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will…

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KickStart VT – Live pitch finals event

September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Torgersen Hall RM 3100, 620 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Students holding their kickstarter checks

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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October 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Finding a Co-founder & Team Formation

October 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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You want to start a company but just need someone to help you build it or sell stuff or both? Finding others that have a shared vision and talents can be a challenge for any entrepreneur. Fortunately at VT you are surrounded by talented people. Now if you could just get them to dedicate a little bit of time to helping you out.... In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn about the important role team dynamics (and team demographics)…

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Venture Builders Workshop: Customer Acquisition & Marketing Channels

October 9, 2019 @ 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 a new product or service..  How do you find the RIGHT customers and convince them to actually USE your solution?   In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn how to identify early-adopters, leverage various marketing channels to find customers and figure out ways to reduce your customer acquisition costs. Join us for a fun and informal workshop led by faculty from the Apex Center, who bring real-world experience in entrepreneurship to the classroom. Follow the Apex…

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Public Sector Innovation Challenge – Smart Cities

October 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 23, 2019 @ 11:59 pm

Interested in solving real-world problems?  Like, big problems that impact millions or billions of people? Announcing the release of the Public Sector Innovation Challenge: Smart Cities, sponsored by Grant Thornton in partnership with the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. Open to all VT students from all academic majors and colleges. 5 Finalist teams will be selected to present their proposed solutions at the Grant Thornton Innovation Conference, hosted in Northern Virginia on Friday, 12/6.  All finalist teams will also receive industry-leading…

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Venture Builders Workshop: Pricing & Rev models

October 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Got an exciting new product or service but not sure how much to sell it for?  Essentially, how do you make money and stay in business? In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you'll learn different ways to determine pricing and/or revenue streams as well as how to test the thresholds customers are willing to pay. Join us for a fun and informal workshop led by faculty from the Apex Center, who bring real-world experience in entrepreneurship to the classroom. Follow the…

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November 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Persistence & Pivots

November 6, 2019 @ 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?  Welcome to the club.  Failure and disappointments are frequently part of the entrepreneurs' journey. In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn about how to overcome self-doubt, make adjustments and keep on keeping-on. It's not about having the perfect plan, it's about finding the plan that works before you run out of resources... Join us for a fun and informal workshop led by faculty from the…

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December 2019

Entrepreneur Challenge – Early Decision DEADLINE

December 8, 2019 @ 11:59 pm

The Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Challenge is a campus-wide, student startup competition that brings together successful alumni-entrepreneurs, industry partners, and students to showcase the best new ventures at Virginia Tech. Come together — Be inspired. Join us as interdisciplinary teams from across campus compete for the best business model and a chance to win up to $40,000 in cash awards and prizes! Apply before 11:59pm on Friday, 12/8/19 for early decision and get notified if you'd made the semi-finals before you leave…

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