Introduction to Entrepreneurship - Workshop
The Skillery's Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshop gives aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to spend the day learning what it takes to turn a dream into a profitable, inspiring and thriving small business.
You need an entrepreneurial jumpstart. Our workshop's your jolt.
One day. That's all it takes to expose yourself to the fundamentals of starting and running a business. So we've built a day of education and community designed with you in mind.
A typical schedule. Atypically awesome.
Workshop schedules may vary from workshop to workshop, but the core fundamentals are the same.
7 - 8 a.m.: Breakfast and Registration
8 - 8:15 a.m.: Welcome and Orientation
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.: Understanding You
We'll talk about your ideas and inspiration and dig into activities that help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, what time you have available, and how to form a team around you.
9:15 - 9:45 a.m.: Identifying Your Assumptions
At the heart of every business are core assumptions. We'll explore those assumptions, and use a custom version of the Business Model Canvas — a visual template that helps you develop your business model — to identify, test and refine those assumptions.
9:45 - 10 a.m.: Break
10 - 11 a.m.: Your Customers
We'll work through exercises to understand who your customers are, what they do, and where they are when they're making key purchasing decisions.
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Customer Development
To truly understand your customer, you must learn to be empathetic. We'll walk through activities and mock interviews to better understand how to get the most from customer interactions, before you spend money building products they may or may not want.
12 - 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 - 2:15 p.m.: Legal and Accounting
In this round-table breakout session, you'll have a chance to meet with a lawyer and an accountant to ask questions and learn some basics, in a casual Q&A format.
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.: Messaging
If you're going to create a killer brand, you need a killer brand message that defines who you are and what makes you great. In this activity, we'll break that statement down, and help you come up with language you can use to present your brand to the world.
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.: Customer Acquisition
How do we find customers, and how do they find us? How do we get our customers to know, like and trust our business? We'll talk about customer acquisition and come up with some steps our fans and followers can take on the path to becoming loyal customers.
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.: Break
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.: Money
Our afternoon turns to a conversation of all things money-related, from a basic financial overview of revenue streams, fixed costs and variable costs, to more detailed instruction on how to calculate a break-even point and construct basic financial projections for your business.
4:45 - 5 p.m.: Wrap-up
5 - 6 p.m.: Happy Hour
It's not a conference. It's a workshop.
No guest speakers. No boring PowerPoint presentations. This is an action-driven, collaborative workshop with a small and supportive group of like-minded entrepreneurs, led by an experienced entrepreneur who will introduce concepts and help you put them to work immediately through hands-on activities and exercises.
It's for aspiring entrepreneurs, just like you.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship was designed with aspiring entrepreneurs in mind. The only real prerequisites are: having a business idea you're ready, willing and excited to share and work on; and a willingness to study, shape and fine-tune that idea in a supportive, collaborative and welcoming environment. If you're creative and community-minded and serious about exploring entrepreneurship, this workshop was designed for you.
Our next workshop will be held:
Saturday March 18, 2017
1400 Van Buren Street NE - #200
Minneapolis, MN 55413
The registration fee for Introduction to Entrepreneurship includes workshop materials, a copy of our Starter Kit, coffee, light breakfast, lunch, snacks, free parking and a few surprises. Space is extremely limited, and spots are first-come, first-served. Introduction to Entrepreneurship is open to all, and no application is required. The course fee is due at the time of registration, and is non-refundable.
These folks started here, too.
Hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs, starting businesses in all kinds of mediums, have walked through our doors looking for help. Here are just a few of the inspiring people and businesses that we're proud to call alumni of our entrepreneurship programming.
Bring it to your community.
Want to help support your community of aspiring entrepreneurs? Bring Introduction to Entrepreneurship to your town, and spread the business basics that your community needs.
Invite us to teach it.
If licensing feels like too much, we're happy to come to your town to teach it. We'll send Matt Dudley, founder and CEO of The Skillery, to teach a one-day workshop in your community. And you'll keep the proceeds from registration.
Teach it yourself.
We've designed Introduction to Entrepreneurship to be easily accessible and approachable to anyone with a background in entrepreneurship and education, and we're making our curriculum, resources, and student materials available for licensing.