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Venture Builders Workshops

Build your skills with Venture Builders Workshops!

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Looking for a place to start? Want to build your skills in areas ranging from storytelling to coding? Choose from our many regular workshops covering a variety of topics, including business models, market discovery, software, video production, 3-D printing and much more.

Come to meet other students interested in changing the world, develop new skills and create meaningful experiences outside the classroom.  Make your dreams a reality with help from our faculty practitioners and other specialists. 

All students from all backgrounds, majors and academic colleges are welcome. 

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October 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Customer Acquisition & Marketing Channels

October 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 130, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Workshops for startups

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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Venture Builders Workshop: Pricing & Rev models

October 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 130, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Workshops for startups

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 130, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Workshops for startups

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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February 2020

Venture Builders Workshop: Executive Summaries

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 130, 1455 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Workshops for startups

Ever tried to distill down your big idea or Billion $ concept into a concise summary?  It's tough.  We hear ya.  In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn how to summarize the key points of your proposed venture using the concise language of business modeling frameworks. Swing by, meet fellow student entrepreneurs and talk with faculty practitioners from the Apex Center. Follow us @ApexCenterVT for updates

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Venture Builders Workshop: Accelerators & Incubators

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 130, 1455 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Workshops for startups

In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn about the role of accelerators and incubators in developing new ventures and tips on how to make your team competitive for a summer 2020 accelerator program. This workshop will be led by Somiah Lattimore, Visiting Entrepreneur and Program Director at Lighthouse Labs accelerator in Richmond, VA.  Don’t miss this chance to meet Somiah and hear about a leading accelerator program from a Hokie-alumnus! Join us for a fun evening led by faculty from the…

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March 2020

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AMA – “Ask Me Anything” with Apex Center leadership

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trying to figure out what COVID-19 means for your new venture?  Wondering how being remote will affect your team and entrepreneurial journey?  Trying to determine what's next?  Join us on Wednesday night, 3/25, for an Reddit-style AMA session with Derick Maggard and Sean Collins from the Apex Center.   This will be a casual, crowdsourced, interview via Zoom. Derick and Sean will start the session describing who they are and what we're doing right now to help student entrepreneurs, then we'll…

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April 2020

Venture Builders Workshop: Funding & Financing

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshops for startups

Looking to work on your own thing this summer?  Want to build your dreams instead of getting paid to build someone else's?  Got questions on funding or financing new ventures? Come learn about different ways to fund your new venture including what milestones you need to hit to be investment ready and details on programs run by the Apex Center that award $ to early stage companies. Join us online via Zoom and talk with our experts for an interactive…

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Founder’s Mingle – virtual event

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Founders Mingle

Building your own startup and interested in meeting other founders?  Want to join a startup for the experience but don't have "the idea"?  Our Founder's Mingle on Zoom is for you! Come connect with other startup founders and like-minded individuals via Zoom for some speed networking from wherever you are.  Drop in and meet your next co-founder or someone who is just a little farther along on their entrepreneurial journey...

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September 2020

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Venture Builder Workshops: Startup Frameworks

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

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.  Join us for a fun and informal workshop led by faculty from the Apex Center, who bring real-world experience in entrepreneurship to the…

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Venture Builders Workshops: Goals & KPIs

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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1901 Group, Grant Thornton, Woods Rogers Attorneys at Law, Silicon Valley Bank
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