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ICAP Lean Startup Short Course – Hampton Roads

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

Space for this cohort is limited, so make sure to apply by the April 20th deadline. Please note that attendance by at least one team member is required for all three cohort events.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

April 20, 2018 – Applications are due by midnight.

April 27, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

May 8, 2018 – 9:00am-5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

May 15, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

May 22, 2018 – 10:00am-3:00pm – Final Team Presentations

  • During this 3-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the two class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments.
  • At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success.

The program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement.

Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams prepare their applications to participate in the Fall 2018 757 Accelerate program, and develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

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ICAP Lean Startup Short Course – Fairfax

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

March 9, 2018 (extended from February 21st) – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

March 16, 2018 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

March 23, 2018 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Introductory Classroom Session

March 30, 2018 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

April 6, 2018 – 10:00am - 3:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this 3-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the two class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success.

The program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

  

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Expanding Your Business Around the World

Date: Tuesday, October 3rd

Place: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/export-university-expanding-your-business-around-the-world-tickets-37275023599

About Export University

Export University is a series of courses on exporting designed by the District Export Council, a volunteer non-profit organization associated with the U.S. Commercial Service. The objective is to help U.S. companies begin an export initiative and gain new skills and innovation in expanding their international sales.

At this event you will learn:

  • Key export tips from experts
  • How to extend open account terms to overseas customers while protecting yourself
  • How to gain entry into new markets and increase your international sales
  • How to avoid costly mistakes and clear customs

For more information contact Cindy Fields

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Patricia A. Frame Named Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year

Patricia A. FrameMajor Patricia A. "Patra" Frame, US Air Force, founded Strategies for Human Resources which trains senior managers on effective hiring, performance management, and people-related decision-making.  Clients learn to achieve their goals by integrating their company's culture into their personnel actions.  Frame is a highly sought-after speaker and writer; she recently published Networking Guide for Military in Transition and Veterans (2016). Frame's community involvement focuses on career development, especially for women veterans in technology.

On March 23, Frame received the 2016 Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year Award at the Veterans in Business Conference at the Army Navy Country Club.  Frame exemplifies the spirit of this award in her service to her country, her success in business, and her involvement with her community.

Congratulations, Patra Frame!
#SBDC Day 2017


SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDC’s collectively have on the small business community at large. Help us showcase the impact of the VASBDC by being part of the inaugural #SBDCDay campaign. Check out http://americassbdc.org/SBDCDay/ to learn more.

Veteran I-Corps Workshop

George Mason University and the Virginia SBDC are teaming up with DC I-Corps, GWU, the SBA’s Small Business Outreach Centers and others to offer a free three-part series introducing the lean startup framework to veterans business owners. Lean startup is the state-of-the-art method used by top business startups to better understand their customers and perfect their business models. It’s the same process they use in Silicon Valley. Dates: Wed, Oct 12th (GW), 19th (Capitol Post) & 26th (GW). Learn more & register here.

Innovative startups can win $25,000 on Virginia Velocity Tour

Virginia Velocity Toor

 

Part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition which launched last year, the Virginia Velocity Tour will travel by bus to five regions across Virginia from September 10 to 23. At each stop, there will be a day of events to celebrate the region’s startup ecosystem, culminating in a public pitch competition with a $25,000 equity-free grant prize. Application deadline is August 18. Learn more at virginiavelocitytour.org.

Global Risk and Crisis Management Strategies

May 10th, 2016
9 am - 12 noon

Global Situation Room’s Brett Bruen will conduct an intensive half-day seminar offering sophisticated strategies for assessing and responding to global risk and crises. Companies will learn how to build a Counter-Crisis Management (CCM) program to reframe, not just respond to emerging issues. CCM helps businesses to identify their vulnerabilities early and develop reputational countermeasures that can be immediately deployed in the event of an incident. The seminar shows how to go beyond crisis plans and procedures into the creation of programs that will change the course of crises. These trainings with the White House’s former Director of Global Engagement offer a unique opportunity to gain a comparative advantage in increasingly uncertain times and an intensely competitive global marketplace.

Click here for more information and to register.

Small Business Week Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2016 National and District Small Business Week Awards. Let’s show our support and appreciation of our local small business community. This year the Richmond District Office will recognize both the Small Business Person of the Year and the Exporter of the Year.

National and District nominations can be submitted to SBA’s Richmond District Office at 400 N 8th Street, Suite 1150 Richmond, VA 23219, or through SBA’s online nomination portal. Guidelines and criteria can also be found on the nomination portal. All nominations must be submitted by Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

For More Information:  If you have questions about SBA’s award nominations or award criteria, please contact Monet Chapman at (804) 253-8133 or monet.chapman@sba.gov

BLOG: Emergency Preparedness

Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency throughout the Commonwealth yesterday to empower public safety officials to respond to Tuesday’s flooding events in communities across Virginia and to prepare for more extreme weather throughout the rest of the week.

Have you thought about how the storm might affect your business? Do you have a disaster plan in place?

For small business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. Explore these resources that can help you develop an emergency preparedness and disaster relief plan.

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