Austin Entrepreneur Network will soon offer Startup Business Classes
In working with entrepreneurs I often hear the question, “where do I go to get help in starting my business?” Universities offer educational programs that take far too much time and often don’t focus on the practical issues of starting a new venture. Having worked with angel groups, I found that most want to focus on the few deals that investors are actively interested in funding and not the majority of the deals which are not ready for funding. The problem is particularly challenging for those who are early on in the seed stage.
To help solve this problem, we’ve created the Austin Entrepreneur Network, which will roll out its first class on February 24, 2009. The course runs eight weeks 2 hour sessions each week, featuring classroom-style instruction, assignments, expert speakers, and a course book. The course also offers two hours of one-on-one time with the instructor focusing on your startup.
Based on my experience in funding startups, the class will focus on validating the market, identifying the business model, and building the management team. These topics tended to be the key elements that kept most from getting very far towards funding.
Speakers will include Mike Maples, Thom Singer, and other experts talking about topics such as product development, networking, crisis management, financials, intellectual property, and more. A little bit of guidance and instruction in the early days can go along ways to achieving success for a startup.
If you are interested in learning more about the course, please email me at
Director (@) austinentrepreneurnetwork (DOT) org.