Sunday, August 9, 2020

Online Event - Sustain, Scale, Impact: Building a Sustainable Business Model

These free online events from the the Idea Center at Miami Dade College will take place on August 13th at 5 PM EDT, August 27th 12 PM EDT, September 9th at 4 PM EDT.  These sessions are intended for those behind early stage projects, startups and organizations that aims to address social or environmental issues.

This is a learning opportunity from a community of social entrepreneurs who are on a journey to make a difference.  These online events will offer methodologies that will help you validate your assumptions about the market and the impact that you seek to create in the world.

INSTRUCTOR

Gustavo Grande, the Director of Programs, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College Gustavo is the Lead Instructor of Entrepreneurship for The Idea Center. Over the years he has worked with numerous startups and established businesses from all industries in the process of lean startup and strategic planning. Prior to this, he was a business development consultant and an entrepreneur in the logistics industry. Gustavo holds an MBA from Hult International Business School with an emphasis on International Business and Social Entrepreneurship. His mission is to support students and community members make their visions come to life through the development of their entrepreneurial mindset and sense of social responsibility using a human-centered approach and systems-thinking methods to address real-life challenges.

ABOUT IMPACT MIAMI

Impact Miami is a Business Model Validation Lab for early-stage, local entrepreneurs who are tackling social and environmental challenges. The lab is designed to do one thing: provide entrepreneurs with a step-by-step methodology to rapidly and systematically validate their venture’s business model.

The early stages of a startup are marked with questions. Who is my customer? What problems do they have? Do I have a solution to their problems? What are they willing to pay? Will I be able to break even? An entrepreneur’s ability to quickly convert these questions into answers is one of the few characteristics that separates successful startups from failed ones.

The problem is that few entrepreneurs know the rapid and systematic approach required to answer these questions. They go too slow, they focus on the wrong things in the wrong order, and they move forward without truly validating a business model.

COURSE

Impact Miami is a Business Model Validation Lab for early-stage, local entrepreneurs who are tackling social and environmental challenges. The lab is designed to do one thing: provide entrepreneurs with a step-by-step methodology to rapidly and systematically validate their venture’s business model.

The early stages of a startup are marked with questions. Who is my customer? What problems do they have? Do I have a solution to their problems? What are they willing to pay? Will I be able to break even? An entrepreneur’s ability to quickly convert these questions into answers is one of the few characteristics that separates successful startups from failed ones.

The problem is that few entrepreneurs know the rapid and systematic approach required to answer these questions. They go too slow, they focus on the wrong things in the wrong order, and they move forward without truly validating a business model. This course will give attendees the ability to:
  • Identify the foundational assumptions that underpin your venture. 
  • Design and run experiments to validate/invalidate the foundational assumptions (through customer discovery and rapid prototyping). 
  • Meet with mentors to get feedback and develop next steps.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

Entrepreneurs who are eligible are:
  • Based in South Florida For-profit or non-profit 18 years of age or older Idea-to-early-stage in their venture’s development 
  • Driven by their purpose in need of a more clear definition of how to integrate their social impact and business. 
  • Looking for mentoring to improve their social ventures, develop the next steps, and make an impact. 
  • Committed to social and environmental impact with their venture 

See the video below to find out what graduates of the program have to say.



COURSE DETAILS

Length: 4 weeks
Start Date: October 2, 2020
End Date: October 26, 2020
Eligibility: Early-stage entrepreneurs with a social impact venture or project
Level: Introductory
Apply by: September 18, 2020
Schedule: Mondays & Fridays 5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Price: MDC Students $70, Community Members $350, MDC Faculty, Staff & Alumni $210

Click here to find out more by attending a virtual information session.

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