Entrepreneur Workshop in the News

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OKC Workshop to Guide Entrepreneurs
Released:  Wednesday, September 22, 2010
By Tulsa Business Staff

Tulsa Business Journal, Copyright © 2010, All Rights Reserved.

The Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur? workshop will be held Friday, November 5 at the Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City. The eighth annual event, which will begin at 8:30 a.m., is designed for entry-level entrepreneurs, college students and faculty advisers from across Oklahoma.

The educational workshop will feature investors and entrepreneurial experts who will lead the audience through sessions that will explore topics such as understanding the entrepreneurial process, developing financial projections and creating an investment-winning pitch.

Richard Sudek, chairman of southern California-based Tech Coast Angels, the nation’s largest angel investment network, will be a keynote speaker and panelist.

Tech Coast Angels developed an event called Fast Pitch in which entrepreneurs make 60-second pitches to a panel of investors for the opportunity to give an in-depth presentation to the group. At the Oklahoma City workshop, Sudek will lead a session called The Pitch that will provide a realistic elevator pitch experience to participants.

“Entrepreneurship has a major impact on the economy, including recent suggestions that it may offer one solution to the current economic depression,” Sudek said. “Despite the nation’s economic challenges, entrepreneurs continue to move forward, turning innovative ideas into successful businesses.”

Sudek also will participate in a panel discussion on the challenges of raising capital for a new business.

“This is a great opportunity for Oklahoma’s young entrepreneurs to learn what it takes to build a company from someone who has both built and invested in new high-tech businesses,” said Tom Walker, president and CEO of i2E.

Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur? is an annual event sponsored by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), i2E, Inc., Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but online registration is required.

For more information, contact Gina Miller, EPSCoR outreach coordinator, at 405.744.7645 or email gmiller@okepscor.org.

A detailed event agenda may be viewed here.