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Intensive entrepreneurship program coming to Jackson

Jun 27, 2013 - From staff reports

An intensive entrepreneurship program is coming to Jackson this fall to help jump-start aspiring entrepreneurs and to encourage Wyoming's economic growth and diversification.

Silicon Couloir and Central Wyoming College have partnered to provide the "Start Up Institute," a program designed to provide participants with the tools and skills that companies use to launch successful business ideas.

The institute is a hands-on, experiential and practical course focused on helping individuals work on and launch their business ideas, said Silicon Couloir co-founder and Start Up Institute program director Liza Millet.

"This course gives students a mini MBA in only 10 weeks," she said. "And unlike a traditional MBA program, the entire course is focused on their business idea and bringing it to fruition."

From Oct. 7 to Dec. 13 participants will dedicate three days a week to class time, in addition to time spent on their ideas after class. Millet said the program ends with participants presenting their business to a panel of experienced advisers. Once the program has concluded, the participants are provided with follow-up consults with experts.

The courses are taught by Sandy Schultz Hessler, who has been on the faculty at Harvard, Tufts University and Miami University in Ohio.

"It is incredible to witness the improved strength of the business idea and the entrepreneur when they give themselves permission and commit to this business building process," Hessler said. "It's really exciting to watch, and I believe very fun to participate in."

The deadline for the first round of applications is July 1 and enrollment is limited. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

For more information, call Millet at (917) 864-9395 or visit www.siliconcouloir.com/startup to apply.

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