The Entrepreneurial Crash Course Series

This series provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a company. This series is not about how to write a business plan. It’s not an exercise on how well you understand theory, or how well you use the research library. Instead the focus is on getting your hands dirty talking to customers, partners, competitors, as you encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a startup actually works.

You will learn how to turn a great idea into a great company, use a business model to brainstorm each part of a company, and customer development to get out of your seat to see whether anyone other than you would want your product. You’ll see how agile development can help you rapidly iterate your product/service to build something customers will use and buy.  Finally, you will learn about patents and intellectual property, what investors look for, and how to pitch to investors.

Each week a guest speaker will present on a topic for ~20 minutes with 40 minutes for Q&A. Guest speakers will include leaders in the startup community, angel investors, venture capitalists, and business experts.

As part of the series, the Startup Weekend Crane team will take an idea from a rough concept to a tested, viable business over the 12 week series, demonstrating the techniques and tools in the series. The example project will tackle the Request For Proposal (RFP) system, aimed at providing a simple solution to respond to RFPs effectively, simply, and rapidly.

The series is open to everyone at no cost, not just Crane employees and contractors. Food is available at the facility for a reasonable charge.

Location: Stimulus Westgate Training Facility Room 8, Every Tuesday at 11 am starting July 17th

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The Topics are:

1. Lies, Damn Lies, and Startups – The Misconceptions, Myths, and Realities of Entrepreneurship
July 17th – Speaker Matt Burris, Founder RT6 Engineering

2. Evaluating an Idea – Is it worth 5 years of your life?
July 24th – Speaker Matt Burris, Founder RT6 Engineering 

3. Forming a Founding Team
July 31st – Speaker Denver Hutt, Executive Director of the Speakeasy

4. The Business Model Canvas – How Your Entire Business Will Work on One Page
August 7th – Anthony Panozzo, Founder of Repeatable Ventures

5. Testing Your Value Proposition – Do Potential Customers Think It Has Value For Them?
August 14th – Mike Steiner, Consultant for Verizon Online

6. Customer Validation
August 21st – Anthony Panozzo, Founder of Repeatable Ventures

7. Sales Channels and Revenue Model
August 28th – J. Brain Anderson, Analyst with the Innovate Indiana Fund, and Matt Burris, Founder RT6 Engineering 

8. Partners, Resources, & Cost Structure
September 4th – Speaker Paul Simacek, Business Advisor ISBDC

9. Getting Funded Part 1 – Crowdfunding and Angel Investment
September 11th – Speakers Kevin Hitchen, Founder of Localstake, and David Woll, Founder of Woll Enterprises

10. Getting Funded Part 2 – Traditional Funding and The Mistakes to Avoid in an Equity and Investor Deal
September 18th – Speakers Tim Fraizer, VP of Regions Bank, and Ryan Pfenninger, Partner at Elevate Ventures

11. Patents and Intellectual Property
September 25th – T.J. Cole, Partner at Ice-Miller, LLP

12. Pitching to Investors
October 2nd – Speaker Eric Anderson, Director of Communications of Scientifically Speaking


The complete descriptions of the entire series is available here.


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