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Venture Builders Workshops

Build your skills with Wednesday night Venture Builders Workshops!

About this program

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. 

Upcoming Workshops

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March 2019

Venture Builders Workshop: Customer Segmentation / Market Channels

March 20, 2019 @ 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, 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 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 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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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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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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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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1901 Group, Grant Thornton, Woods Rogers Attorneys at Law, Silicon Valley Bank
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