FastTrack is an accelerator program with rolling enrollment that includes individual coaching and a comprehensive series of practical workshops to help turn ideas into businesses. Students do not need to have an existing business idea to participate. FastTrack is seeking participants with an entrepreneurial mindset who are willing to make a commitment of their time and energy to launch a business while attending school.
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FastTrack Program Perks
+ Desk, key and 24/7 access to the Transporation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship (TICFE)
+ Startup consulting from TICFE staff
+ Workshops and curriculum to achieve development milestones
+ Mentorship through participation in the Dale Tweedy Mentor Program
+ Access to professional services (Legal, accounting, financial etc.)
+ Opportunity to pitch for seed capital through the TICFE Student Venture Fund
+ Opportunity to compete in national business plan competitions
+ Networking opportunities on and off campus
+ Graduation certificate
Ideation Workshop ● Wednesday, September 26 ● 6 to 7 p.m. ● 2018 Peacock Hall: COMPLETE!
Sometimes ideas hit you like a bolt of inspiration; sometimes ideas are the result of hard intentional work. We will explore where ideas come from and look in the places that they hide. Leave this workshop with a process to discover opportunities and a plan to find one you like.
Problem Framing ● Wednesday, October 17 ● 6 to 7 p.m. ● 2018 Peacock Hall: COMPLETE!
Figure out where you’re going and how you plan to get there. Define a vision statement for your new company and set goals necessary to achieve that vision. Leave this workshop with a clear vision for the next 12 months and a list of milestones you intend to hit.
Market Research and Competition
Know what you’re getting into. Understand where your industry is going and how you plan to differentiate your business from your competitors. Leave this workshop with a clear definition of your company’s value proposition.
Prototype and Customer Engagement
There is no substitute for talking to your customers and confirming that they are willing to trade their dollars for your product or service. Define your ideal customer and leave this workshop with a plan to take your prototype on the road to collect some primary market research.
Crunching the Numbers
Cash flow is King. Every entrepreneur must understand where their money is coming from and where it is going. Leave this workshop with a worksheet of revenue, cost and profitability projections so you can make informed decisions about your business operations.
Preparing the Pitch
Convince investors to invest, customers to buy, and partners to get on board. Every entrepreneur needs to tell their story and compel their audience to take action. Leave this workshop with a strong pitch and the confidence to deliver it.
Building a Strong Team
A strong team and a capable network of advisors is critical. Identify the strengths on the team and plan to extend your network to fill in the blanks. Leave this workshop with a communication plan to keep the extended team healthy and strong.
Sales, Marketing, Branding
“Build it and they will come” only works in the movies. Go out and find your customers and help them realize they need you. Leave this workshop with a marketing plan and a sales strategy to drive revenue and reinforce your brand.