Vol Court Archive – Fall 2011

Vol Court Archive – Fall 2011

What’s it Like to be an Entrepreneur?
Chuck Witkowski of Protein Discovery, John Sharpe of ARG Financial Staffing & StaffSource & Aeron Glover of How’s the Living.com will talk about what the life of an entrepreneur is REALLY like & offer advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Who is Your Customer?
Jim Brogan of Brogan Financial Services discusses identifying the customer, developing a value proposition, recognizing market “pains” and solving the problem.
Generating the Idea
Andrew Dougherty of MedInteract and Scott Manley of Rockin’ Boat talk about licensing a technology vs. developing a solution to a need, the importance of protecting intellectual property, and resources available to help in the process.
How to Make Money
Mason Jones, founder and owner of Volunteer Traditions, will discuss estimating the market size, developing a profitable business model and resources to help you.
Preparing the Pitch
Shawn Carson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Growth, talks about the important elements of a good pitch and the use of visual/verbal guidelines.
Getting Funded
Chris Miller, analyst for Meritus Ventures, & Jonathan Patrick, Senior Vice President of Lending for UT Federal Credit Union, will discuss the different types of money available for the different stages of the company, managing investor expectations and the importance of a management team.