VenturePrize isn’t just a business plan competition. Well before the winners are announced, or competing companies stand up in front of the judges to pitch their business plans, companies first attend a weekly seminar series that covers every aspect of starting and running a business for entrepreneurs.

Think of it as a business bootcamp – all the need-to-know information for creating and growing a company is presented in seven easily digestible classes throughout the month of January, 2017. Entrepreneurs will hear from TEC Edmonton’s in-house experts on business fundamentals, from crafting that first business plan to making a pitch to investors.

Here is the schedule for this January:

Why do you need a business plan? – January 10, 2017
Crafting an effective business plan that highlights your value to customers and piques the interest of decision makers.

Protecting Your Technology – January 12, 2017
What entrepreneurs need to know on the legal front.

Marketing and Sales – January 17, 2017
Marketing basics to launch your business.

Your Financial Statements and the Management Team Responsible – January 24, 2017
Understanding financial statements, valuations, and the need for a strong management team.

Business Plan Bootcamp: The Condensed Version – January 26, 2017
Explore your draft business plan with a business plan expert.

Selling Your Plan – January 31, 2017
Making an effective presentation.

What if you’re an entrepreneur who needs business education but isn’t quite ready to compete in the VenturePrize competition? No problem. Registered companies can take part in the seminar series, but opt out of the competition. Grow your company and come back next year as a stronger contender.

There is just over two weeks until early bird registration ends (December 31) and prices go up – take this opportunity to give your company the gift of a solid foundation to grow on.

Here’s what last year’s VenturePrize participants had to say:

“[The VenturePrize Program] helped us scrutinize the company and get answers to questions we didn’t have before,” says Jutt. “We were able to improve based on the feedback at every stage.” – Hammad Jutt of TVCom, 2016 TELUS ICT Grand Prize Winner

“The VenturePrize competition encouraged me to think creatively, practice my pitching skills and most importantly, pushed me to take my business plan to the next level”. Alex Villeneuve of Ceres Solutions, 2016 Alberta Innovates Student Grand Prize Winner

Will we see you at the seminars?