Steinbeck Innovation FastTrac® NewVenture™ Program

 

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The Steinbeck Innovation FastTrac® NewVenture™ Program is a program of the Steinbeck Innovation Foundation, led by SVG Partners and supported by funding from the City of Salinas.

Over the 8 week course Steinbeck Innovation FastTrac® NewVenture™ Program participants:

  • Explore entrepreneurship;
  • Identify and meet market needs;
  • Objectively evaluate business concepts and plans for moving forward;
  • Develop a working knowledge of business fundamentals such as marketing, product/service development, management, and financials;
  • Begin building infrastructure, and business operations and processes;
  • Explore the risk and success factors in the marketplace;
  • Understand how to access the human, financial, and business resources;
  • Network with entrepreneurs and professionals;
  • Respond to changes that can impact business; and
  • Build an actionable business plan.

Click here to download a PDF flyer about the SI FastTrac NewVenture Program.

Stay tuned for details about our upcoming sessions and scroll down to learn more about our program graduates.

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Watch the video below to learn more in the words of SIFTNV grads!

 

Congratulations Class of 2014!

John Bailey | Ricca Belli | Gonzalo Cabrera | Lavonne Chin | Paul Fuller
Angel Garibaldo | Stephen Hernandez | Kelly Keeling | Jessica Landa
Osbaldo Lucero | Fernando Negron | Maria Negron | Roberto Ornelas
Silas Quintero | Jhanic Ramos | Brian Rhodes  Victor Robledo | Ken Rozin
Trish Sullivan | Veronique Torne | Brent Virgin | Ellen Wrona
Graduates who received special recognition for their outstanding ideas and achievements during the course of the program:

  • Brent Virgin: Best Business Model
  • Ken Rozin: Best User Experience
  • John Bailey: Most Creative Vision
  • Maria and Fernando Negron: Most Inspirational

 

PROGRAM DETAILS:

The summer 2014 program was led by John Duhring, who has been a founding team member at nine startups, generating successful exits to Borland, 5th Generation Systems, EMC and AOL. He has applied technology to learning at Prentice-Hall, Apple, Dow Jones and for Stanford’s Professional Publishing Courses. As the Education Technology Specialist at Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale, California, he is passionate about team-based learning. A fifth-generation Californian, he grew up on the Monterey Peninsula. Duhring is an alum of UC Berkley where he received his BS in Marketing.

Download a 2014 Program PDF flyer here.

The eight-week intensive program took aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs through a series of courses and hands-on workshops building business competency and exploring the viability of their individual business models. The sessions also incorporated general business acumen, network building, and presentation skills.

WHEN:
July 24th – August 23rd
Thursdays 5:30 – 8:30pm
Saturdays 10am – 2pm

WHERE:
Hartnell College, Alisal Branch
1752 E Alisal St
Salinas, CA

Watch the videos below for a look back at the summer cohort’s amazing experience learning from Andy Matsui and the Matsui Nursery team:

FastTrac® and NewVenture™ are registered trademarks of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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