Entrepreneurial Excellence Program
Registration for Class 13 is now full! We are now accepting applications for Class 14 taking place in Fall 2017.
Innovation Park’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program provides valuable advice to early-stage start-up businesses and entrepreneurs as they navigate through the vulnerable stages of business development.
In this ten class course, a team of local business experts, researchers and specialists help increase the chance of success in the market by providing insight into:
- Effective Business Models
- Team Development
- Legal Foundations
- Marketing Strategies
- Funding Insight
- Entrepreneurial Experiences
Details and Application
- COURSE FEE: $400 for up to two individuals per company*
- PAYMENT DUE: First day of class
- SIZE LIMITS: Enrollment for each course is limited to the first 12 companies that qualify
- LOCATION & TIME: TBD | 5:30-9:00 p.m.
- APPLICATION: Apply online here for the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program
* We strongly recommend that all individuals in management of the company participate together in the course.
Class 13 Course Schedule
This session begins Tuesday, March 21st, 2017. Each class is held from 5:30-9:00 p.m.
- Class I: Developing Successful Business Ideas, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Is your business concept an idea or truly an opportunity? Learn how to tell the difference. Learn how to analyze the opportunity to develop an effective business model.
Instructor: Doug Tatum, FSU Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
- Class II: Marketing Strategies and Effective Sales, Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
No matter how beneficial your product or service is, if you don’t know who your customers are and communicate your message in an effective way to get their attention, you won’t have sales.
Instructors: Sean Doughtie, President, Taproot Creative, and Bill McHugh, FSU Sales Institute
- Class III: Delivering Your Message, Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
No matter how great an idea you have for your new business, you need to be able to tell your story to others in a positive, logical, and understandable way. During this course, you will learn the essential skills and methods you will need to make great presentations about your business to possible investors, customers, and prospects.
Instructor: Michael H. Sheridan, Chairman, FBMC
- Class IV: Building a Strong Business Team, Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
The product or service you will offer is important. Even more important is the team you build, including managers, employees, board members, investors, and service providers. Learn how to build the best team possible to drive the success of your new venture.
Instructor: David Faulkenberry, President, FBMC
- Class V: Proper Legal/Intellectual Properties Foundations, Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Many decisions are involved in establishing a new venture. Learn what the legal/intellectual properties options are and how they can affect your business growth
Instructor: Bill Hollimon, Esq., Hollimon P.A.
- Class VI: Funding & Financing, Thursday April 6th, 2017
You’ve analyzed the opportunity and have begun to build a team to drive success. You’ve written a great business plan. How do you secure the financial resources to make it happen?
Instructor: Michael Kramer, Desloge Oxygen
- Class VII: Entrepreneurial Insight, Wednesday, April 12thth, 2017
An experienced entrepreneur will share his insight “from the trenches.” What has he learned? What would he do differently? What is his advice to you?
Instructors: Jim Dever, FSU Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
- Class VIII: The EEP Shark Tank Experience, Thursday, April 13th, 2017
You have seen the hit show on TV, now you will get to experience it LIVE! JT Burnette, a local serial entrepreneur, will be asking the very tough questions about your new business venture. It will be a wild night for sure.
Instructor: JT Burnette, InkBridge, LLC
- Final: Business Presentations, Tuesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 20th, 2017
You will have the opportunity to make a presentation to a group of experienced entrepreneurs and get feedback about your business, market and financial opportunities
“For four weeks I was surrounded by people who sincerely wanted me to succeed, who helped prepare me to do that, and who will continue making themselves available to me. I received the resources I needed when I needed them.” – Judd Butler, PortStar
“The course provided a new framework for how I view my business. It’s exciting to have a good idea, and the course provided encouragement while at the same time providing realistic ways to gauge whether my business plan was moving in the right direction.” – Greg Frost, Gulf Coast Tung Oil
“From beginning to end I gained valuable information that will certainly improve how I proceed with my PointCatcher concept. It is especially touching that people as accomplished as the teachers, who are surely very busy in your own right, made the time to share their valuable insight. By coming in to the class without an extensive background in business, the ability to gain so much information in a short amount of time was transforming.” — Barbara Wescott, Swellcoin
I miss the EEP events and all of the amazing folks in Tallahassee. The EEP was a pivotal moment in my life and business. -Wesley Raley, Raley’s Confectionary
For more information about the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program, contact:
Director, Entrepreneurial Excellence Program
LCRDA@inn-park.com | (850) 570-0560