Eco Innovator March 2012
Innovation in Entrepreneurship Program
The National Innovation in Entrepreneurship program brings together a group of well known players in the entrepreneurial space for an entrepreneurship program and business plan competition.
The Innovation in Entrepreneurship' series aims to condense years of knowledge into a 12-week course that covers a wide range of topics including intellectual property protection, marketing and managing for growth through to capital raising options and exits.
The program aims to close the knowledge gap for business owners who are experts in their fields. "Entrepreneurs have spent years studying their craft but often they don't have time to spend an extra three years studying business," says course designer and facilitator Alex Stefan, a former lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University.
"They may employ expensive consultants and still not get the guidance they need because they don't know what questions to ask.
"Innovation in Entrepreneurship aggregates the world's leading university programs on entrepreneurship and is optimized to meet the needs of practical everyday business people who have big aspirations but don't want to hear academic mumbo jumbo.
"All this for a fraction of the cost and time, and instead of getting a mark for your final assignment, our program delivers $50k in cash prizes. We are sure it will set many new ventures off on the right path."
Innovation in Entrepreneurship will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane from March 11. It takes place one evening a week over 12 weeks and culminates in the awarding of a $50k business plan prize pool.
* Alex Maritz, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University
* Stewart Gow, director of the Australian Association of Angel Investors Ltd (AAAI)
* Paul Niederer, chief executive, Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB)
* Doron Ben-Meir, chief executive of Commercialisation Australia and of Prescient Venture Capital
* Chris Golis, venture capitalist and author of "Enterprise & Venture Capital"
* Dr. Tom McKaskill, an author on entrepreneurship and capital raising.
Some topics that will be covered include:
* How and where to raise angel and venture capital
* How to evaluate an opportunity and develop business concepts that make money
* How to confidently pitch to investors and customers
* How to develop a business model that creates additional revenue streams
* How to cash out of your business for many multiples of income
* How to commercialize intellectual property.
Guest presenters and experts are donating their time to enable $100,000 in proceeds to be donated to the Melbourne based Change1Life charity, which establishes schools in Kenya.
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