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Venture School aims to assist budding entrepreneurs

The University of Iowa Centers for Enterprise is hosting a Venture School to educate budding entrepreneurs. The three-day workshop begins November 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

The school, which is a National Science Foundation I-Corps program, will assist hopeful entrepreneurs in determining whether or not they have marketable ideas and, if so, how to take it to market. Venture School is designed to determine the commercial viability of a business opportunity and accelerate its launch. Attendees will learn from experts and expand their networks by connecting to potential customers, mentors and resources.

A Lean LaunchPad curriculum utilized by the program places an emphasis on experiential learning, flips the classroom and provides immediate feedback as a way to engage students with real world entrepreneurship. Unlike more traditional approaches to entrepreneurship education, Lean LaunchPad doesn’t rely on static case studies or fixed models; it challenges students to create their own business models based on information derived from personal engagement rather than secondhand market research.

To apply for the program, head to UI’s JPEC site.

Story Source: UI Carver College of Medicine, 200 College of Medicine Administration Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Media Contact: Benji McElroy, UI Carver College of Medicine, benjamin-mcelroy@uiowa.edu