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Venture Builders Workshops

Build your skills with Wednesday night 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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January 2019

Making of a Pitch Video Workshop

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Torgerson Hall RM 3310   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.  In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn how to frame a short pitch around the value proposition and benefits you…

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February 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Executive Summaries

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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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: Venture Scholars Program & Funding Options

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Professor Marc Junkunc teaching students in class on entrepreneurship at the Innovate living-learning community. Guest speakers Jennifer O'Daniel, CIT GAP Funds and Bob Summers (black shirt), serial entrepreneur and founder of TechPad.

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 our new Venture Scholars program and other funding & financing options to get your new venture off the ground. Swing by and talk with our experts for an interactive and fun learning experience! Follow @ApexCenterVT for updates

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Venture Builders Workshop: Grant Programs

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Come join us as Dr. Mark Van Dyke talks about all kinds of grants available for commercializing technology and research! In this hands-on, minds-on workshop you will learn about how to broadcast your technology or ideas through the idea of grants.

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March 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Market Feasibility / Positioning

March 6 @ 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. Join us for a fun…

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Venture Builders Workshop: Customer Segmentation / Market Channels

March 20 @ 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. Join us for a fun evening led by faculty from the Apex Center, who bring real-world experience in entrepreneurship to the classroom. Follow the Apex Center for updates @ApexCenterVT

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Venture Builders Workshop: Co-founders & Team Formation

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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So you want to start a company but just need someone to help you build it or sell it or both? Finding others that have a shared vision and talent 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…

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April 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Pricing / Revenue Models

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Classroom Building 120, 1455 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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Location: NCB 120

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September 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Ideation

September 4 @ 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 something but don't yet have an "idea"? Interested in meeting other students working on new products and services?  In this hands-on, minds-on workshop we'll help you get started by introducing a few entrepreneurial habits and exercises to generate ideas or improve concepts already in-motion.   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 Center for updates @ApexCenterVT

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Venture Builders Workshop: Market Feasibility

September 11 @ 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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1901 Group, Accenture, Woods Rodgers Attorny at wall, Silicon Valley Bank,
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