Entrepreneurial Workshops to Train to Fund, Pitch, Buy or Sell a Business

Tammy Allen, Director | Marketing & Programs, The NIIC
Debi Kleinman, Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College

For Immediate Release

September 9, 2020, Fort Wayne, Ind.— The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (The NIIC) will host workshops in September to equip businesses with essential skills in innovation, commercialization, and more. Registration details for all events are available at https://theniic.org/our-events.

Money Matters On-Demand Workshop Series

Available through September 30, 2020

Microentrepreneurs and microenterprises gain specialized business-building support about bootstrapping; crowdfunding; friends, families, and fools; and fundamentals of angels.

First Pitch for Microentrepreneurs: Money, Mentors, and More Webinar

September 14, 2:00—3:00 p.m.

This training is available to all Hoosier business owners and is especially suited for entrepreneurs focusing on non-technical, main-street businesses with nine or less employees.

Buying and Selling a Business Panel Discussion

September 15, 8:30—10:00 a.m.

A panel of business owners, along with 1st Source Bank representatives, will provide insight into what it is like to buy or sell a business.

First Pitch for High Growth Ventures Seeking Outside Funding: Money, Mentors, and More Webinar

September 17, 5:00—6:00 p.m.

This training is available to all Hoosier business owners and is especially suited for STEM-related, academic, or third-party ventureable firms seeking outside capital and investment.

SBIR/STTR Essentials of Commercialization Webinar

September 22, 2:00—3:30 p.m.

Becky Aistrup, Managing Partner, BBCetc, will lead training on how commercialization and transition plans can be a key differentiator in the SBIR/STTR programs. The workshop will also address expectations for commercialization plans in Phase I and II projects, where to find cost effective market research, and obtaining quality support and commitment letters.

Pitch Coach Clinic

September 22, 10—11:30 a.m.

In this clinic participants get the opportunity to give their elevator pitches and receive input from Debi Kleinman, Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, the #1 school for entrepreneurship in the nation. Kleinman leads the Blank Center’s strategy, new initiatives, programs, and team to drive impact through the Butler Launch Pad accelerator and Babson’s highly-rated entrepreneur experiences, such as the B.E.T.A. Challenge New Venture Competition, Rocket Pitch, and the Summer Venture Program. She is also an adjunct professor at Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business and Executive Education Programs for Entrepreneurs.

Group size is for up to 10 participants.

About The NIIC

467 new products launched, 189 patent applications submitted or granted, and 2,290 jobs created—that is what entrepreneurs have achieved through The NIIC since its inception 20 years ago. The NIIC has also connected Northeast Indiana companies to attract $91 million in grants and capital.

The NIIC is a non-profit, vibrant entrepreneurial community designed to advise entrepreneurs to plan, launch, and grow successful business ventures by moving ideas into action. The NIIC’s 55-acre campus is a U.S. Small Business Administration HUB Zone and a designated Opportunity Zone through the U.S. Treasury. The NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001:2015 registered business incubation and acceleration program. The NIIC received global recognition in 2020 as the International Business Innovation Association’s Mixed-Use Entrepreneur Center of the Year and recipient of the prestigious Dinah Adkins Award, one of InBIA’s top two honors.  TheNIIC.org. Click here for The NIIC press kit.

Contact: Tammy Allen, Director, Marketing & Programs, tallen@niic.net, 260-407-1731

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