Tampa – The University of Tampa Lowth Entrepreneurship Center is introducing a new program forpracticing and aspiring entrepreneurs. In the new program, the Start-up Studio, participants can gain verifiedskills and competencies with short, flexible microcredentials thatfocus on the personal growth, skill development and transformationof the founder as well as the company.
The Start-up Studio will offer three programs that will be open to company founders in the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center and to applicants outside of the center. The price for individual session is $325; or $125 for student, educator or military. All programs will be held in the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, which is located on the eighth floor of the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building on the UT campus.
1) “Ideation: Exploration and Concept Formation,” with Alex Bruton, Ph.D.
Friday, Oct. 7 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In this session, participants will learn:
o Ideation Workshop
o Creative problem-solving process
o Ideation techniques
o Design methodology
2) “Mindset,” with Rebecca J. White, Ph.D. Friday, Oct. 21 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In this session, participants will learn skills in entrepreneurial mindset and founder habits, including:
o Personal habits that enhance creativity and ideation
o Personal leadership and the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile®
o Networking skills
o Mental preparation for the journey (success and failure)
o Team building skills/working with others
o Personal finance assessment
3) “Validation: Developing the Opportunity” with Joy Randels. Thursday, Nov. 3 and 17 — 6-9 p.m. Validation is determining the need for a product or service through customer and market verification. This is always the hardest part and typically the one that gets skipped entirely, resulting in many failed ventures. If entrepreneurs spend time to get this right it almost guarantees a viable business.
The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, part of the Sykes College of Business, is located within the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building at UT. The space is creatively designed to bring together prospective student entrepreneurs, educators and experienced executives to generate, define and develop entrepreneurial concepts and to launch new ventures. UT’s entrepreneurship major is one of the largest on campus and provides students with skills that are critical for anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur or think like one.
The University of Tampa is a private, comprehensive university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University has about 200 programs of study and serves 10,600 students from 50 states and most of the world’s countries.