Entrepreneurship is really a team sport, not a solo effort. There are many roles that creative thinkers, innovators, and others can play in advancing research, implementing a new idea or concept, and getting it out there for testing and validation. This class focuses on tools that help get innovation out of the testing lab and into the commercial sphere, where products, technologies, and systems can make a difference in people’s lives.
The keys to any successful innovation are validating an idea’s value to the world (market and customer validation) and a model through which that value can be translated into the world (a business model). What are some of the tools that entrepreneurs can use to test their business models? What is the necessary “pre-work” entrepreneurs should use to translate their research into innovation and innovation into applications?
FACILITATOR: Joseph Steig is an advisor to businesses and non-profits. He is the Director of Venture Development at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) and directs VentureWell, an initiative that provides venture development services to startups. VentureWell partners with Village Capital on peer-selected capital accelerator programs, including one in Louisville. Mr. Steig has over 25 years experience working in senior management roles for technology based startups in industries as diverse as aquaculture and consumer software. He also has technology economic development experience and is the founder of the angel investor group River Valley Investors. You can read more about Mr. Steig at www.steig.com
IMPORTANT NOTE: Admission is free for those who attended the June 28 class, "Creative Capital: How Entrepreneurship Can Address our Largest Problems." Please use code IFUVILLCAP to place your complimentary order.
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IF University is a new platform and ecosystem for creative thinkers, innovators, and curious minds to teach classes, attend classes and bring unexpected ideas to the forefront to build and support a culture of innovative thinking. Built on the “Stay Curious” premise of the annual IdeaFestival® in Louisville, IF University is designed to inspire new and novel thinking all year round by hosting classes and events on a wide variety of topics held in public venues. All IF University classes and events are non-credit learning experiences, with an emphasis on the intersections between varied topics and multiple disciplines. Ideas at Play, that's IF University.
IF University is a division of the IdeaFestival® , the non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals, businesses, organizations and communities to grow, change, and be relevant by constantly challenging their assumptions and affirming their intellectual courage.