Tech Start-Up Training
Training to launch your app or invention into a tech company
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Through the Business Innovation and Technology Program, Tech Start-Up, is a 13 week training cohort for technology oriented entrepreneurs to work alongside industry experts, access capital sources, exclusive networking opportunities and plethora of collaborative resources within Chicago’s tech ecosystem.
Through 7 guided in-person classes and intensive 1 on 1 counseling during the weeks class does not meet, inventors are able to move designs through the product development cycle while developing go-to market strategies to build sustainable business models. Participants also have ongoing access to maker labs for hands-on workshops in 3D printing, app development, big data and other topics, and skillsets that prepare entrepreneurs to participate in the 21st-century tech economy.
Graduates of BIT become members of an alumni network granting free access to a plethora of ongoing support and resources.
Cohort typically meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
To apply candidates must:
Upon review of application, candidates that are not ready for engage in a BIT cohort and may be referred for consideration to the Business Start-Up Training Program for mastery of business fundamentals and then join BIT when they have a deeper understanding of these principles. In rare cases applicants will be allowed to participate in the BIT program simultaneously with the Business Start-Up Training program.
Applicants that live or operate a business on the West Side of Chicago will given priority consideration. The overall quality of the business and leadership capability will be heavily weighted. Candidates will be evaluated and selected during the Shark BITE presentation portion of the application process. A panel of judges with expertise in various areas of business, will evaluate applicant’s presentations to select the next cohort of the BIT program. Each candidate is evaluated on their presentation, understanding of their competition and marketplace, complexity of their product as it relates to our network and ability to help them, business acumen, background, experience and commitment to follow through.
Each candidate who applies to the program enters in one of the five following buckets. The objective of the program is to move each student through each bucket successfully until their product is brought to market.
Upon acceptance into the program each applicant must meet the following criteria:
POST COMPLETION SUPPORT
Upon program completion students become members of West Side Forward's alumni network entering into a larger entrepreneurial tech network. Students have lifetime access to West Side Forward resources, workshops and counseling as long as their membership is in good standing. Membership can fall out of good standing for any one of the following reasons:
Stages of Invention
Business Start-Up | Xcelerator | Career Training
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