Does anyone remember, back in the day, the anxiety and strain of selecting, applying to and making a good impression in order to get accepted by their college of choice? So many variables and nuances went into that decision and presentation—what programs are offered, what’s the reputation of the school and its graduates, is there a good advisor/student ratio or is it known more as a degree factory? What does the university or college or program look for in its applicants and what makes one candidate better than another? Is there a strong affinity between the school and industry, assisting grads to find viable employment and is there a strong alumni network? All, big items on the checklist, but the nuances of an institution can also make or break a student’s success.
Think now about the entrepreneurial entrant seeking a place of learning, a home base while they concept, pivot and grow to an independent and thriving company. There are a plethora of options in Austin—incubators, accelerators, co-work spaces, individual mentoring programs and more—but, but from the outside looking in, and without a stack of college catalogues or an advisor who knows the ropes, it’s easy to make a mismatch, spending valuable time and money without much to show for it.
On November 14 (that’s this month folks!), the Texas State Small Business Development Center is hosting Incubators, Accelerators and Co-Work Space: Which is Right for You? to help Austin start-ups that are looking for a program (now or in the future) in understanding the strengths and focus of groups working with technology companies. We are joined by representatives from Techstars, Tech Ranch, the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), Capital Factory, DreamIt Ventures, STAR Park and Emergent Technologies and will highlight the elements and operating procedures that make each program unique.
Click here to learn more and click here to register. I promise, this will be a lot more fun than a visit to the guidance counselor.