Do you have the next great venture-capital concept? Need a team to help turn your idea into reality? If so, then workshops of the 2006 Georgia Tech Business Plan Competition are the place to go.
The competition's Workshop Series, designed to prepare participants for the February 26 contest, kicked off October 26 with "Creating High Potential Ventures for Fun and Profit." Featured speakers included past competition winners, Radatec's Scott Billington and VirtualBLUE's Bill Moultrie and Phillip Funkhouser. The companies they founded are growing fast in the Atlanta Technology Development Center, a high-tech business incubator housed at Tech.
It's not too late to get involved in the series, which is open to all Tech students and alumni who have graduated within the past five years. Upcoming workshops (all held from 6:00-7:30 PM in Room 233 of the Management building) include:
. " Building a High Performance Venture Team" on November 9.
. " Researching Markets and Customers" on November 16.
. " Developing Venture Strategies" on November 30.
. " Writing a Winning Venture Plan" on January 18.
Participation in the series is neither a requirement to compete in the Business Plan Competition nor a commitment to enter the contest. "You can come to any or all of the workshops," says Pat Dickson, an assistant professor of strategic management who coordinates the competition. "They're a great opportunity to get training, network with successful entrepreneurs, and find mentors and team members. There might be an engineering student with a great idea looking for a team to help develop a business plan."
Since the inception of the university-wide Business Plan Competition in 2001, participants have collectively won $85,000 in cash prizes and $145,000 in services (legal, financial, etc.)
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