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Anyone can propose a session! You must create an account first if you have not. What would you like to discuss, present or hear about? Here you, the participants, propose sessions for the upcoming Startup Accelerator. The nature of the event means that the topics, times and locations of the sessions are determined by the participants on the day of the Startup Accelerator and may change throughout the event. The actual schedule is available throughout the day and you have the flexibility to move around as freely as you wish - in the 'un-conference' way... Propose your session now

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Advertising in the Digital Age; Inbound vs Outbound vwwanner

Vernon Wanner from the IL SBDC presents current perspectives on the use of advertising on line and off line. How can you help your company or project gain customers, clients and followers now that the internet is also going mobile. 

Startup Accelerator 5
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Are Patents and Trademarks Important to a Startup Business? awolek

I would like to discuss patent and trademark rights and their interplay with startup businesses. When they are advantageous to get, and whether they are even worthwhile.

Startup Accelerator 5
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Bank Credit and Loans

1. Credit Education Seminar, covering how credit is scored, how to maintain a strong score and what can be done to restore a damaged credit history.
2. What a bank wants to see on your loan application.
3. What to do, when the bank rejects your application.

Startup Accelerator 5
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Basic Budgeting for Home and Business Sue Carlson This session is for those whose eyes cross at the mention of a credit or a debit. How do you set up a useful budget for home or business? What are the key components? How do you use your budget to monitor your financial health? Join us for these and many other topics. Startup Accelerator 9
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Basic Budgeting for Home and Business Sue Carlson This session is for those whose eyes cross at the mention of a credit or a debit. How do you set up a useful budget for home or business? What are the key components? How do you use your budget to monitor your financial health? Join us for these and many other topics. Startup Accelerator 10
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Basic Steps to Launching your Business Web Site vwwanner

Here Vernon Wanner from the IL SBDC gives the A,  B, C's of getting a web site up and running for any new business. Open discussion and questions encouraged. 

Startup Accelerator 5
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Biotechnology and medical science Mark Huber

Presented by Sue Carlson and Mark Huber: First we'll describe the concept of biotechnology and why it may be of interest to the SUA4 attendees, then we’ll discuss current trends in biotech and medical diagnostics, including stem cell applications, cancer detection tools, biomarkers, diagnostic panels, companion diagnostics and personalized medicine. How can small businesses engage in the biotechnology field to move it forward while building a profitable business?

Startup Accelerator 5
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Blending Art, Science and Enterprise Mark Huber Let's join with the creatives, the artists, scientists and engineers! Working in groups we'll get to the vocabulary and the communication channels that work for those groups. Let's find a way to bring this group into stimulating mix with the biz types. Startup Accelerator 9
Body awareness and stress management through breathing and movement Sue Carlson

Stress management is an integral part of any activity, particularly entrepreneurial activities where you never know what's next.  This program is designed to help you manage stress, increase focus, and prepare you to excel in your endeavors.

Startup Accelerator 5
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Building And Marketing A Profitable Social Media Presence

Part I: Using Social Media to build a presence quickly for marketing.  Part II: Using social media as part of profitability, including monetizing blogs, Advertising Affilates, and getting paid to host ads.

Startup Accelerator 6
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Building Teams A battle-tested team that will watch each others' backs is worth gold. But how can you get there? We explore team formation, step at a time engagement, delegation, managing responsibilities, trust but verify concepts.. Startup Accelerator 9
Building Teams Let's try this again... A battle-tested team that will watch each others' backs is worth gold. But how can you get there? We explore team formation, step at a time engagement, delegation, managing responsibilities, trust but verify concepts.. Startup Accelerator 10
Business Model Canvas Mark Huber

The Business Model Canvas of Osterwalder has been shown to be a great business analytics tool for companies of any size. It looks at the business value in the context of the particular economic environment it exists, examining nine specific topics that make up the value that the entity creates. 

We'll give a brief overview of the Canvas and work through it with your projects or with a sample case study if its more convenient. Make it a working session as best we can.  See you at the Accelerator. 

For more information: www.businessmodelgeneration.com

Startup Accelerator 7
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Contracting bootcamp

One very popular form of entrepreneurship/self-employment is simple contract work.  It can be done for all types of trades from software development and graphic design to plumbing and bricklaying and all the way through legal and accounting services.

But while it is "simple" contract work, there are actually a lot of complex and subtle points known only by the people who have been there.  Bring your knowledge and experience and pass it on so others don't have to make the same mistakes!

What I would love to see is:

  • template contracts that people use (bring copies!)
  • bullet point style advice, possibly with an anecdote to explain why it's important -- we can go around the room and drop one liners -- or maybe compose the list of points together
  • brilliant questions from people just starting out

All we need is a panel of experienced contractors and a group of entusiastic upstarts!

Startup Accelerator 6
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Contracts with Partners, Non-Disclosure Agreements and Non-compete Agreements awolek

Having a contract with a business partner is key to building and maintaining a successful business relationship. It will set out clear boundaries and responsibilities, and minimize internal struggles between partners.

 

Having a non-disclosure and/or an non-compete agreement with employees and contractors also protects you and them. It minimizes worries that someone will just take your business idea and run with it leaving you in the cold.

 

These, and other agreements are crucial to most businesses. We can go over why they're necessary and what you need to protect.

Startup Accelerator 6
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Failing up, failing forward, or just failing

Are mistakes considered so fatal that even trying new things is heavily discouraged?

Get over it and take a new approach; fail spectacularly, fail often and fail publicly!

You'll get to the big leagues, Carnegie Hall, your own Everest eventually if you do what....  

PRACTICE and TRY, TRY, TRY!!

Startup Accelerator 5
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Finding New Prospects outside of the Midwest Mark Huber Midwest businesses want to have clients outside of the region, want to expand to the coasts and maybe overseas. We discuss examples of building networks that have members that can act as agents for your business in other regions of the country and internationally. Startup Accelerator 8 Entrepreneur
Fiscal Sponsorship and Other Grant Type Funding Available

Non-Profit, Fiscal Sponsorship, and other Grant Type Funding Available to small, women owned businesses.

Startup Accelerator 6
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Funding Sources and Information Provided to those Sources BillGienke I'd like to facilitate a discussion surrounding the following questions: What sources of funding are entrepreneurs using? What information do you provide to access those sources? What are the challenges in providing that information to investors? Startup Accelerator 9
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GET A 6% INTEREST LOAN We are private lender seeking great entrepreneur spirit,we can finance you the amount you seeking for. Below is lending guidelines and terms. No financial statement or proof of income required Credit score is not an issue Collateral security is not required as we don’t do property inspection Min Amount: $10,000 Maximum Amount: $500,000,000 We lend 100% upon request The fixed interest rate is 6%, with loan determinant up to 30years. Entrepreneur
GoBuzz.com #Fail (What I learned in bringing on Fortune 50 companies and interviewing for YC) danvoell

What I learned in attempting to get GoBuzz.com off the ground and failing.For the last year and a half I was working on GoBuzz.com. First on the side of a real job and then for 5.5 months full time. We were a finalist in Governor's Business plan competition, won the Marquette Business Plan Competition, won a large prize in the UW-Nest software competition and interviewed for Y Combinator before shutting our doors. This will be an open discussion about some of the major decisions and difficulties we came across in the process. Customer Acquisition, Financing, Contracts, Equity, Design... 

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Hackerspaces 101

Interested in learning more about what a hackerspace is and how it can help the community?  We're hoping to host an informative dicussion on hackerspaces/makerspaces/co-working spaces/community workshops.

Hackerspaces are phyiscal spaces for the community where people can meet to work on projects. We will talk about the growth of the hackerspace communities worldwide. At least 800 spaces have been established in the last few years and more come 'online' each week. 

 

Check: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Hackerspaces and http://igniteshow.com/videos/what-hackerspace

Startup Accelerator 5
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How to Effortlessly Develope a Website in Joomla Content Management System bilguun

When you own a business, your website is one of your most important mediums that can be used to reach new customers and generate more sales. Whether you have an established website that is not currently working for you, or you are a complete novice to the online marketing world, improving your website so that it generates traffic and increases sales is the right thing for your business.

I'll cover:

  • How to Create a Website Quickly Using a Free Access Joomla CMS
  • How to Add/ remove/ edit Contents Effortlessly
  • Embedding Facebook business profile and Twitter updates in real time on your website
  • How to Choose Hosting/ Domain Providers
  • How to Market Your Website Using the right title, keywords, and other Search Engine components.
  • How to Add an Opt-in Form to a Quality Website

This is a class for everyone! from 8 to 80 year olds - all welcome.

Sincerely,

Bilguun

@beckbilguun

www.bilguun.net

Startup Accelerator 5
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Ideation

Developing an idea for a business.. How would you do it?

Would you start with a novel idea and find a market?

or... Would you find a market that is in need of a novel approach?

Or some path in between?

We explore some familiar paths to successful marketable ideas..

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Identifying your Target Market Pamela Schallhorn

 

So you’ve got a business idea you think will work. You’ve identified your product or service, but are you sure there is a market for that product or service?

Learn to identify your target customer and test your market before you start the business. This workshop is also useful for existing business owners that are experiencing weak sales and are looking for new markets.

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Intro to SEO benjaminhoppe99 Intoduction to SEO Talk about how content affects the rankings in search engine as well as back links. What has panda REALLY done that has "changed the game" and made content creators more valuable than coders slapping on tons of tags in font colors that match the background color? How can you really drive web traffic, look at the analytics and get ranked in google? What difference can a domain have in google rankings? Which paid / free options are most commonly used to track & improve SEO. Startup Accelerator 9
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Live Sound bbexsound Come to this session with questions and ideas about setting up systems for doing sound for live productions, recording studios, home, and car. What are the different considerations for each type of space? What's the same for each type of space? Startup Accelerator 10
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Make Accounting, Payroll and Taxes easy for YOU SILENE

Everyone hates doing accounting but as a business owner you need to know how to make your life simple and easy by setting up your accounting system and make it work for YOU. 

We'll discuss different bookkeping methods, programs and why should you outsource some of it.  In addition we'll discuss tax implications of the different entitiy types and what are some of the tax savings strategies business owners use.  Finally you will learn to love the numbers that you see in all those boring financial reports because they will tell you the story of your business. 

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Making a Pitch Dan Cataldi

Are you ready for the Fast Pitch? Can you pitch your business or a business idea in 1-3 minutes?  Can you convince a potential customer or an investor that your idea is sound and worth the investment?  Learn how to package your idea or product into a "pitch" that is meaningful and has the power to move people to action.

Startup Accelerator 5 Entrepreneur
Meditation, Contemplation, Inspiration Dave Hendrickson

According to a USA Today article, entrepreneurs are more likely to pray and/or meditate than the rest of the population: 32% say they meditate and 34% say they “look up to the Lord.”

The benefits of meditation include lower blood pressure, more energy, greater creativity and improved concentration, more confidence, vitality, and peacefulness, and many more.

This workshop is participatory and fun. No experience necessary.

Enlightenment not guaranteed.

Blog: twobitguru.com

Twitter: @twobitguru

Startup Accelerator 7
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Meditation, Contemplation, Inspiration! Dave Hendrickson According to a USA Today article, entrepreneurs are more likely to pray and/or meditate than the rest of the population: 32% say meditation, and 34% say prayer. The benefits of meditation include lower blood pressure, more energy, greater creativity and improved concentration, more confidence, vitality, and peacefulness, and many more. This workshop is participatory and fun. No experience necessary. Enlightenment not guaranteed. Blog: twobitguru.com Twitter: @twobitguru Startup Accelerator 8
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Meditation, Contemplation, Inspiration! Dave Hendrickson According to a USA Today article, entrepreneurs are more likely to pray and/or meditate than the rest of the population: 32% say they meditate and 34% say they “look up to the Lord.” The benefits of meditation include lower blood pressure, more energy, greater creativity and improved concentration, more confidence, vitality, and peacefulness, and many more. This workshop is participatory and fun. No experience necessary. Enlightenment not guaranteed.
Blog: twobitguru.com
Twitter: @twobitguru
Startup Accelerator 9
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Meditation, Contemplation, Inspiration! Dave Hendrickson According to a USA Today article, entrepreneurs are more likely to pray and/or meditate than the rest of the population: 32% say they meditate and 34% say they “look up to the Lord.” The benefits of meditation include lower blood pressure, more energy, greater creativity and improved concentration, more confidence, vitality, and peacefulness, and many more. This workshop is participatory and fun. No experience necessary. Enlightenment not guaranteed.
Blog: twobitguru.com
Twitter: @twobitguru
Startup Accelerator 10
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Organizational Structure Tony The1T3 Does your startup intend to collect money (even if you don't plan to keep it?) What kind of entity should you use? A partnership, LLC, corporation, or sole proprietorship? We will discuss the merits of each and talk about what it actually takes to get started being your own boss in Wisconsin. Startup Accelerator 9
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Patents and Intellectual Property

As an aspiring entrepreneur/inventor I would like an overview of intellectual propert laws in the United States.

Some topics include:

How can an inventor approach protecting their intellectual property?

Must an inventor file a patent application before releasing a new protect to ensure the IP is protected?

How do software patents differ from traditional patents?

How can an inventor perform research to determine whether or not a new invention infringes on currently issued patents?

Startup Accelerator 6
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Pitch Session Explore what is needed for a presentation to attract attention and be "sticky" with the audience. Any topic, any market. Learn to pitch, practice your pitch, give and get feedback. Who is the audience you want to address? What should be their 'take-away'? Startup Accelerator 9
Pitch Session Explore what is needed for a presentation to attract attention and be "sticky" with the audience. Any topic, any market. Learn to pitch, practice your pitch, give and get feedback. Who is the audience you want to address? What should be their 'take-away'? Startup Accelerator 10
Rapid Prototyping - Ideas to reality OVERNIGHT!

Enabling Global Level Innovation through rapid prototyping. Ideas to reality... OVERNIGHT

EIGERlab prototyping has the technology to transform your thoughts into computer models and with the latest technology transform those to physical objects. Using the most diverse assortment of rapid prototyping equipment, we can recommend the process that will best fit your prototyping needs. 

Startup Accelerator 5
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Save Money on Operating Expenses Diane Reiner

Would you like to save money on your operating expenses?  In this short session learn how you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your current expenses. 

  • You shop for your office expenses but do you shop for your other expenses?
  • Has your company down sized and are you have expenses that you can eliminate or cut?
  • Are you planning on expanding what do you look for in a location?
  • Do you have full time employees doing part time work?

Learn tips on these and other topics!!

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Science Speakers - reaching, and working with public institutions rpcvadam What is the best way to connect teachers with resources in science and technology? I built https://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/ScienceSpeakers/ to meet this need and already have some registered speakers, but my web host has become afraid of negative publicity should there be a bad experience. Are there better hosting options available, or web designers interested in collaborating to circumvent some of these problems? What ideas do people have for disseminating such a tool after it is built, and ensuring its acceptance and sustainability in schools? Startup Accelerator 10
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Small Business Budgeting For Employees

I would like information on budgeting for 1-5 employees as a small business.

Startup Accelerator 6
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Social Media - It Ain't Just Twitter and Facebook Jenn Turner

You know about the power of Facebook and Twitter - now let's see what else is out there on the frontier and how you can use it.

Startup Accelerator 5
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Social Network Basics drewfleck

What are social networks?  What do social networks look like?  What roles do people play in social networks?  What is network weaving?  What is social capital?  Why are social networks, network roles, network weaving, and social capital so important to innovators, entrepreneurs, and their champions?  Come find out!  Learn how to evaluate your own social capital and become a conscious network weaver!

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Solving Problems Jared Davis You've heard it before: "We can land on the moon, but we can't solve X." This session covers common, quick, and proven problem-solving techniques that will push your productivity to new heights. Following a brief discussion of these techniques, we'll demonstrate their effectiveness by applying them to a sample scenario. Startup Accelerator 8
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Spreading your idea with PechaKucha Jon Mueller

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation ("chit chat"), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

We've been the official hosts of PechaKucha in Milwaukee for the past 3 years, and want to connect this great platform with more people in our community who have a big idea to share.  More info on the Milwaukee chapter can be found at: http://www.pecha-kucha.org/night/milwaukee/

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StartupTemplate -- A free head start on consumer internet apps rralian

StartupTemplate is a grouping of best practices to help developers get a head start on building consumer internet products. Learn how you can use this template to jump start your next product. This session will focus on web developers, but others may be interested in learning more about these best practices.

StartupTemplate is built with the following tech/practices:

  • Google App Engine
  • Webapp framework
  • Python
  • NoSQL
  • jQuery
  • HTML5
  • OpenID
  • Unit Testing
  • Split-testing
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Teaching with no Grades

Grading creates a predictive perception among future teachers, other students and the graded student as well. It is the concept of pygmalion, the self-fulfilling prophecy writ large...

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The New Product and Business Development Process Ed Ellingson

Identify the stages of development that a new product must go through.  Identify the objectives of each phase and the expertise required to accomplish those.  Focus on the risks, and minimize expenses to only those necessary to understand the risk at each stage.   Evaluate at the end of each phase, and do not proceed unless the business plan looks attractive and the risks are low.

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Time-tracking & Billing Larry Walker Nearly every business needs to track where people are spending their time, and most need to generate invoices from that info. This session will share experiences and recommendations around the themes of "Pick something, anything; just use it" and "use web-apps and net-utilities; improvise workflows on top". Startup Accelerator 10
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Understanding the "New Normal"; Predicting the economic impact of reduced fossil fuels Ed Ellingson

I think we all understand the world is changing, that we are in some tough economic times, and that it's uncertain when and how we'll recover.  Any potential new business has to be evaluated in terms of this "new normal", as opposed to models and paradigms from the past.  This presentation gives you an understanding of the changes that are now taking place in the fossil fuel energy systems and develop a rough map of the future.  It's impossible to predict the future accurately, but this presentation is an attempt to understand the forces at work so that you can evaluate your business plan against the new model.

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Website Traffic

How to effectively drive traffic to your website.

How to use Google Adwords.

Effectively evaulating your website SEO

How to improve your organic ranking

How to choose best keywords for your website

Etc, etc.

Startup Accelerator 5 Entrepreneur
What Kind of Entrepreneur Do YOU Want to Be? drewfleck

By Drew Fleck (Andrew M. G. Fleck, PhD)

Not all startups are the same—they require different approaches and thus different leadership.

Drawing on Steve Blank’s six types of startups, there are six distinct organizational paths for entrepreneurs—knowing what they are and how they work will help you discover the start-up path you may want to take.

In this participative session, we discuss the six different types of startups so that you can more effectively determine which is the best fit for you.

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What Kind of Entrepreneur Do YOU Want to Be? drewfleck What Kind of Entrepreneur Do YOU Want to Be? By Drew Fleck (Andrew M. G. Fleck, PhD). Not all startups are the same—they require different approaches and thus different leadership. Drawing on Steve Blank’s six types of startups, there are six distinct organizational paths for entrepreneurs—knowing what they are and how they work will help you discover the start-up path you may want to take. In this participative session, we discuss the six different types of startups so that you can more effectively determine which is the best fit for you. Startup Accelerator 8
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Who Do You Know - How Effective is Your Entrepreneurial Social Capital? drewfleck

Who Do You Know—How Effective is Your Entrepreneurial Social Capital?

By Drew Fleck (Andrew M. G. Fleck, PhD)

As entrepreneurs, who we know plays a critical role in our venture creation process and the probability of our success.  

We draw on advice, support, knowledge, and help from many different people in our social networks.  How we use this social capital can provide us better access to financial capital, resources, novel information, necessary knowledge, and trusted feedback.  Consciously assessing our entrepreneurial social capital can help us weave more productive networks, enhance our entrepreneurial expertise, and increase our competitive advantage.

In this participative session, discuss how to evaluate your own entrepreneurial social capital so that you can more effectively weave your social networks for greater success.

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Who Do You Know—How Effective is Your Entrepreneurial Social Capital? drewfleck Who Do You Know—How Effective is Your Entrepreneurial Social Capital? By Drew Fleck (Andrew M. G. Fleck, PhD). As entrepreneurs, who we know plays a critical role in our venture creation process and the probability of our success. We draw on advice, support, knowledge, and help from many different people in our social networks. How we use this social capital can provide us better access to financial capital, resources, novel information, necessary knowledge, and trusted feedback. Consciously assessing our entrepreneurial social capital can help us weave more productive networks, enhance our entrepreneurial expertise, and increase our competitive advantage. In this participative session, discuss how to evaluate your own entrepreneurial social capital so that you can more effectively weave your social networks for greater success. Startup Accelerator 8
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