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CONNECTS 

Our CONNECTS series enhances the experiential education of any individual interested in starting a company. Tailored mainly for students to help take their ideas from conception to commercialization, the workshops run throughout the academic year. Teams looking for talent and talent looking for teams can CONNECT at these events.


Fall 2014

How to Evaluate Whether My Idea is a Good One?

Date: Friday, September 12
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
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Have lots of ideas but don’t know which one to pursue?

Get some simple ‘first steps’ to help narrow down the list and determine which if any are a good use of your time.


Business Model Canvas

Date: Friday, September 19
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
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Dos & Don’ts of Student Business Teams

Date: Friday, September 26
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
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Learn the basics about forming a team that all founders (and future team members) should know.

Student teams are formed to work on business ideas as class projects or personal business ventures. Getting you team set up properly in the beginning can avoid problems in the future.


Lean Startup

Date: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Newell Simon Hall, 3305
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Fundraising for Entrepreneurs

Date: Friday, October 3
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
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Join us for an in-depth conversation about the world of venture capital, entrepreneurship and startup fundraising. The event will be led by Taylor Davidson (@tdavidson), a 2004 Tepper alumnus and early-stage venture capitalist in NYC. Taylor recently co-curated a book called Creative Entrepreneurship, which curates the perspectives of leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. He will be covering how venture capital works and how entrepreneurs can navigate the ecosystem to raise venture capital, including how to create and present pitch decks and financial models.


Agile Product Development

Date: Wednesday, October 8
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Newell Simon Hall, 3305
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Needs Driven Innovation

Date: Wednesday, October 15
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Newell Simon Hall, 3305
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Splitting the Equity Pie

Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Newell Simon Hall, 3305
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Equity compensation can be a very mysterious concept for first time entrepreneurs. From the division of the Founders' Pie through stock option grants, critical decisions must be made with an appreciation of their importance. This workshop is led by Frank Demmler, Vice President of the Entrepreneurial Services Team at Innovation Works. Frank has more than 25 years experience advising entrepreneurs and angel investors. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business.


Art of the Pitch

Date: Friday, October 31
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
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Creating a Successful Video Pitch

Date: Friday, November 7
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
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How to Pitch to Angels

Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: TBD
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Angels invest in many more deals than VCs and at earlier stages, which means that angel investors will be a vital source of funding for your startup. Learn how to deliver a pitch that stands out from the crowd with presenter Don Morrison, Chairman of Deal Flow for BlueTree Allied Angels. Pittsburgh-based BlueTree is one of the most active angel groups in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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