Louisiana Technology Park‘s class for rising entrepreneurs, Tech Park U, is accepting applications until December 9th for the limited number of seats in its 2012 class. The eight-week program begins January 10, 2011 and provides promising technology entrepreneurs the education and facilities to jump-start their ideas into a business. In its sixth year, the program has attracted entrepreneurs from all over South Louisiana, including the greater Baton Rouge area as well as New Orleans and Mandeville.
In short, Tech Park U is a ten week “business boot camp” designed to help turn a high-tech idea into a profitable reality. Entrepreneurs in the program will:
- Learn the ins and outs of business planning from the nationally acclaimed FastTrac Tech Venture program
- Gain insight to business strategies along with mentoring from visiting experts
- Exchange ideas with other entrepreneurs
- Get full access to Louisiana Technology Park’s resources: staff, phone and data center services, secretarial support, and secure 24-7 use of office and meeting space.
Applicants must show their willingness and desire to turn their tech dream into a reality. Once accepted, each entrepreneur or team pays $200 for the program. This includes office space, support services, and office resources including their own desk space with phone. Students with a valid school ID, will be able to take advantage of the program at a reduced rate of $100.
Tech Park U uses the FastTrac TechVenture Curriculum to focus on the importance of developing a viable business plan. The class will meet every Monday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to discuss their progress, focus on writing their business plan, and listen to guest speakers from the Baton Rouge area. At the end of the program, the members will compete in a business plan writing competition, where the winner will receive a $2,000 grant and possible acceptance into the Louisiana Technology Park’s business incubator.
Applicants can apply at www.TechParkU.com and will be notified of acceptance by January 3, 2012.