MAKE STARTUPS

2021 Fall Make Startups Registration Now Open!

About Make Startups

Have a business idea? Maybe you have an old business that needs revamping? Need advice and guidance on getting it started? Then have we got a program for you!

The Make Startups Entrepreneurship Certificate, is a 12-week entrepreneurship practicum, followed by 6 months of mentoring. It provides education and mentoring on your business idea, unlike most "entrepreneurship classes" in higher education.  It is heavily based on the teachings of Steve Blank (an entrepreneur turned professor from Stanford) and Eric Ries (the author of Lean Startup).

The program runs the gamut from creating a strong "Why" for your entrepreneurship journey, to utilizing lean startup principles for validating your customer, to building your financial model, to incorporating structure and intellectual property.

Who Should Attend?

The Make Startups Entrepreneurship Certificate is for anyone who is ready to get started with and test their business idea or anyone who wants to refresh or update an old business. You don't need a ton of money in the bank to get going, but it will take commitment to the program.

Entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs interested in learning about The Make Startups Entrepreneurship should plan to attend an Info Session on 08/28/2021. This free session will contain an overview and details of the full program schedule. After attending, you will have a better idea if you want to commit to the full program.

When and Where do We Meet?

The program begins the third full week in September and ends in early December

Meetups will occur twice per week, every Tuesday & Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please scroll down for a program overview including specific meeting dates.

Workshops will take place virtually via Zoom. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link once their application is approved.

What Can I Expect?

To get the most out of these bi-weekly meetups, it is important to attend the entire 12-week program. The program will require activities, research, and communication between weekly workshops.

Benefits of the Program:

- Direct mentorship and education from experienced Founders and Industry Experts
- Hands-on, intensive Customer Discovery and market viability research to test your idea
- Resources to help you analyze, think critically, and create your Business Model Canvas
- Financial guidance to help you focus on the important numbers for your business to be a success
- Serious accountability and honest feedback to help you get your idea moving in the right direction

All classes except the Info Session will run from 6-8pm, and feature roughly one hour of lecture followed by one hour of workshop and/or active participation time. Attendees will be expected to share updates with the group on their progress and where they need assistance or guidance.

Classes will be taught by Jennifer Bonnett, Recovering Entrepreneur/StartupChick, Executive Director of the Creative Coast, and Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Savannah Economic Development Authority. Jen is a serial entrepreneur who has raised over $50 million in angel and venture capital funds across three startups. Previously she led the Advanced Technology Development Center for 7+ years in Atlanta before moving to the area in 2018.

Dwayne Stephens will also be instructing and mentoring classes. Dwayne is the Program Director at the Creative Coast for Make Startups, and is a budding serial entrepreneur. At the age of 28, Dwayne started his entrepreneurial journey as the Owner & Operator of a retail business in Savannah's Historic Landmark District. He has since launched another venture as a Built Environment Consultant where he advises companies and everyday people alike, on how to navigate building projects. Additionally, he is part-owner of a small tech venture. To date, Dwayne has amassed 10 years of entrepreneurial experience and doesn't plan to stop his entrepreneurial journey anytime soon.

In addition to Jen and Dwayne's instruction, the program will offer various lectures and mentorship from a pool of very talented subject-matter-experts at every stage as well. The Make Startups Entrepreneurship Certificate  is a community effort including contributors such as Savannah SCORE mentors, as well as the Savannah Economic Development Authority and the City of Savannah.

 

Idea Accelerator Bootcamp

The Program At a Glance

 

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 28

 “The Entrepreneurial Lifestyle”  - FREE Pre-course teaser class.

Intro Session on the Bootcamp.

If you missed this free Session, you can still apply for the full program.

Watch the Info Session HERE to get caught up.

 

OCTOBER 5 & 7

Market Analysis & Customer Discovery

Overview of How to Do Market Research and Customer Discovery

 

OCTOBER 12 & 14

COMPETITIVE & INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

A deep dive on how to do both Industry and Competitor Analysis

 

OCTOBER 19 & 21

BUSINESS MODEL DESIGN

Develop your business model with a deep dive on customer segments, value propositions, and channels to market

 

OCTOBER 26

PRICING STRATEGY

We will discuss various pricing models/strategies for your business.

 

OCTOBER 28

LEGAL "STUFF" & EXIT STRATEGY

We will make sure you have all your legal "ducks" in row from a corporate formation perspective to ensure you don't run into trouble down the road.

 

NOVEMBER 2 & 4

MARKETING / BRANDING / SALES

In, this important session, we will be discussing how to get customers! Without customers, your business is just an expensive hobby.

 

NOVEMBER 9

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Yup, we know... not your favorite part.  But, with out the right financial management skills your business will fail.  Let's build the skills, so you can be successful.

 

NOVEMBER 11

FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS - SALES & EXPENSES

Just a continuation of financial management session, with a deep dive on revenue & expense calculation.

 

NOVEMBER 16

FINANCIAL MODEL REVIEW

Just a continuation of financial management session, with a mentor reviewing your financial model.

 

NOVEMBER 18

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, LEGAL & REGULATIONS

We've touched on legal before... but, in these sessions, we are going to talk about protecting your idea and ensuring your business stays in compliance.

 

NOVEMBER 23

ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE & TEAM

Starting with the "END" in mind, let's figure out what your organization and team needs to look like as your company grows.

 

NOVEMBER 25

HAPPY THANKSGIVING - DAY OFF!

Take time to give thanks with your family and friends!  And don't forget to share your business success!

 

NOVEMBER 30

CASHFLOW IS KING

Need we say more....

 

DECEMBER 2

FUNDING YOUR BUSINESS

There are TONS of ways to raise finances to get your business off the ground and/or grow it.  Let's talk about them.

 

DECEMBER 7 & 9

BUSINESS PLAN

Develop your business plan, it's your map on your entrepreneurial journey.  Let's make sure you get on the right road, fast.

 

DECEMBER  14

BUSINESS PLAN REVIEW

Some one-on-one time with a mentor and your business plan.

 

DECEMBER 16

LAUNCH

It's time.  Let's LAUCH!!!!

 

JANUARY 18, 2022

LEADERSHIP & CULTURE, 

They say "Culture is King".  Let's make sure you are creating a great company culture through your leadership.

 

JANUARY 20, 2020

MEASURING & FINANCIAL SUCCESS

If you don't measure, how do you know you are successful?  Let's talk key metrics and measuring for success.

 

DATE TBD

GRADUATION CEREMONY

Invite your family and friends to our graduation ceremony, where you will share your progress and receive your diploma!