Entrepreneur Boot Camp
“Boot Camp takes the guess work out of scaling a business. It uses a step-by-step process to test and validate what really matters to your customers. It is likely the most important exercise you may complete while developing your business.”
David F., Curelauncher.com
November 2012 Boot Camp Graduate
Boot camp will teach you a very efficient way to validate your business concept. The program is designed for entrepreneurs like you who are prepared to assess and validate the feasibility of your business concept, build your business model and find beta customers. Not only will you learn this method in concept, you will get hands-on assistance in actually using this method to test your ideas over an intense 9 weeks.
Who is Boot Camp for?
- Early Stage companies interested in a process to grow their business effectively and as soon as possible
- Management team should have at least one full-time person in the company and a team of two people to attend camp.
- Technology-driven products/services, especially with defensible intellectual property
How will Boot Camp help you?
You'll learn how to refine your business model, design an effective investor presentation, and work one-on-one with experienced business executives who will mentor you. You will be guided by your own "drill instructor' – a seasoned entrepreneur who will select and match mentors to assist you with your pressing start-up needs, and share resources in your industry and areas of need.
Boot Camp is an opportunity for you to dramatically
grow your network. Highly accomplished
entrepreneurs, professionals and business leaders, who want to help
entrepreneurs, participate in Boot Camp and you will have numerous opportunities
to establish a relationship with them.
Benefits of Boot Camp:
Solve a big problem for an identifiable set of customers
Assemble a talented team that can deliver the solution and grow the company
Gather the cash you need until the company starts making money
Gain access to potential customers
Provide financial advice on pricing your product or service, creating budgets and projections and selecting suitable sources of capital
Access to legal advice on protecting intellectual property, structuring agreements among the founders, customer contracts, investment agreements
Make critical connections to talented individuals you need on your team
Encouragement and advice from Serial entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes
The program includes:
½ Day kick-off workshop
Weekly check-ins with Drill Instructor & Boot Camp Executive team
Two full days of on-site presentations and working groups
Post camp coaching and celebration sessions
Strive to have a 20x return on investment. It is a great business resource designed to help launch your business by shortening the time required to attract capital, customers, and other resources.
SPARK's former Boot Campers have gone on to secure funding, connect to advisors and other key talent, launch businesses and been successful in business competitions and start-up forums across the state.
Registration Fee: $1500.00
Spring 2013 Entrepreneur Boot Camp:
May 8* & 9*
The events will take place at SPARK Central and at the Kensington Court* located in Ann Arbor.
*Special rates are available at the Kensington Court
(Application Deadline March 15, 2013)
Entrepreneur Boot Camp is sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK and funded by the LDFA and MEDC.