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SBDC Director Stephanie Keener continues to help businesses thrive, grow in Lynchburg region

Some of the most enjoyable aspects of Stephanie Keener’s job are breaking down barriers and helping businesses know where their resources are and knowing to whom they can direct their questions.

ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Lynchburg

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 deadline. Please note that attendance by at least one team member is required for all three cohort events.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

August 14, 2020 – Applications are due by midnight.

August 21, 2020 – Acceptance notifications and communication with the next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

TBD – 6:00pm - 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call

September 11, 2020 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations

September 18, 2020 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled video call review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

September 25, 2020 – 9:00am-2:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, 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 over the following 12 months.

The introductory 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  I-Corps at George Washington University where 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.

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

February 19 & 20: Export Bootcamp & Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Workshop

Join the Virginia SBDC and partners for a two-day boot camp to equip you with the skills to take your business global. Our training program prepares individuals to sit for the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) exam. We take an active, hands-on learning approach that features case studies, group work, and exercises.

Register Here: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900400001

ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Richmond

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 8, 2020 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

March 9, 2020 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

March 10, 2020 – 6:00pm - 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call

March 18, 2020 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations

March 25, 2020 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled video call review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

April 1, 2020 – 9:00am - 1:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, 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 over the following 12 months.

The introductory 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  I-Corps at George Washington University where 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.

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 brought to you by:

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

ICAP Client Success

Ryzing Technologies, a former client of our Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), was recently written up in the Specialty Fabrics Review, a publication of the Industrial Fabrics Association International!

Congratulations Ryzing! We are always thrilled when our clients and ICAP graduates are recognized for their successes.

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Surrounding the market—and finding (or creating) new ones

 

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