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January 2021

Virtual: PreFlight Pitch Night

January 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual

Join us as we celebrate the entrepreneurs graduating from PreFlight Session 3 of 2020! Entrepreneurs from the class will virtually pitch their business concepts to a panel of judges and the EC community (that's you!). Join us to watch the pitches, meet the entrepreneurs, and enjoy cheering them on! This sounds interesting... but what is PreFlight? PreFlight is a 14-week program that walks step-by-step with first-time entrepreneurs - from "I have an idea" to "I have a business" - empowering…

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Virtual: Firestarter Pitches

January 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual

It almost sounds like an open mic night at a coffee shop: where Vanderbilt students gather in a classroom to try out new material. But students aren’t testing jokes or reading poetry — instead, they’re pitching business ideas. A fixture of Owen programming for more than a decade, the FireStarter sessions provide a low-pressure environment where students can pitch their early-stage startup ideas. Students walk through their concept for five minutes, followed by another five minutes of Q&A. Judges from…

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Virtual: Small Business Growth 101

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

This 101 workshop offers tips and tricks for entrepreneurs who want to grow their small business into a "big one". We will discuss growth strategies that can help you to expand your business, increase sales and grow your overall brand presence. This event offers invaluable insight in an easy to understand format for entrepreneurs who are just starting out or business owners who may need a refresher. Register for the NEC virtual event here.

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February 2021

Virtual: Reputation Management in 2021

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

In this session attendees will learn about Yelp’s review recommendation software and best practices for building up a great online reputation naturally, as well as ways to engage with their customer base to grow and market their business. There will be tips and tricks for responding to online reviews for any platform and how to take positive feedback from customers to spread the word about your business online. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of a Yelp…

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Virtual: Start-up & Small Business Internship Fair

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual

Join the community of entrepreneurs and students while supporting the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s vision to make Nashville the best place to start and grow a business. On February 2nd, the NEC will host the Start-up and Small Business Internship Fair 2021, with a goal of providing entrepreneurs and students the opportunity to forge new relationships and partnerships. This event will present students with work opportunities at up-and-coming startups and allow local entrepreneurs to discover green talent. $25 entry fee per…

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Virtual: Understanding Motivations in the Workplace

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual

While our work sometimes seems like it's mostly about completing a task or project or getting a paycheck, at times, it seems like there's also something else going on for us.Motivations, the "why" and "how" of work, tell us a lot about the way we do work. As a result, a better understanding of motivations helps us recognize the ways we can promote both wellness and productivity.This event will pull back the curtain on the story of motivations, and shed…

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Virtual: February Innovation Open Mic

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual

Want to get the undivided attention of a cast of founders, CEOs, and other experts to listen to your idea for a new product, service, or technology and provide feedback? University-affiliated innovators can apply to present their idea at our next Innovation Open Mic Night. In collaboration with I-Corps South at Georgia Institute of Technology, the Wond’ry hosts a monthly Innovation Open Mic event, where aspiring innovators are invited to practice presenting their ideas and projects to a panel of…

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The Ideator Program & The Builder Program – Application Deadline

February 12
Virtual

From early-stage startups to fully-fledged technologies, the Entrepreneurship practice area at the Wond’ry offers resources for all Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff interested in learning how to grow a business from the ground up.  The Wond’ry offers three programs to help on the entrepreneurial journey: The Ideator Program: Noticed a problem or challenge you think you could solve? Have an idea for a new product, service, technology, research tool, or process that’s been keeping you up at night? Think you…

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Virtual: Equity Crowdfunding – The Pros and More Pros

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

In May 2016, the law changed to allow startups to raise capital from unaccredited investors, as well as accredited investors, and publicly promote their offerings. Through "Regulation Crowdfunding", founders can raise $50K to $5M from their customers and community, as well as conventional angel / institutional investors. A PBC and B Corp, Wefunder is the largest Regulation Crowdfunding platform in the country, and has now invested $180M in 500 startups, crowdfunded by 120K+ investors. Register for the virtual event here.

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Virtual: Profit First Strategy Using Bookkeeping as a Foundation

February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

BrightSkies Business Services, LLC was founded and owned by Masheka Turner. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from David Lipscomb University and a Masters of Business Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University. Ms. Turner has two decades of experience in the accounting field. Her attention to detail and passion for bookkeeping and accounting, drives her to keep up with the latest advances. Regularly engaging in training and research to make sure she is well-educated in any new policies or…

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