Women Entrepreneurship Week is from October 13 - 20 and is open to Texas State faculty, staff, students, and guests. The week’s activities are a joint effort among Texas State University, the Chamber of Commerce of San Marcos, and our Round Rock campus. Check out our flyer for a quick summary!
To stay updated and get a seat at the event as well as apply for the boot camp (if interested), please register below!
We will begin interviewing applicants beginning September 17.
During Women Entrepreneur Week, we are also offering a non-academic innovation program to explore startup ideas. Founders will lead teams of talented men and women to launch a company during the week with support from mentors and program facilitators. Teams can apply together. You do not need to be on a team to apply. Female founders strongly encouraged!
Boot Camp Schedule and Agenda:
(Meals are included at each event. All boot camp events are held at STAR Park.)
Saturday Oct 13, 10a-3p. Market Validation
This first day of the 4-day program will cover the basics of team development, initial pitch of business concept, and market validation. Everyone thinks that their idea is the best! But, will others be willing to support that business? In this session, you will learn how to ask questions in objective and non-leading ways to determine if there is a market for your business. You will then be charged with going out and asking potential customers.
Tuesday Oct 16, 5.30p-8.30p. Business Development
This is the second day of the 4-day program. Now that you have asked potential customers about their problems, how has your business concept changed? What else do you need to do to make this a viable business? What does the archetypal customer look like? What do you already know about your potential customers? We will answer these questions and more during this session.
Thursday Oct 18, 5.30p-8.30p. Pitch Development
This is the third day of the 4-day program. During this session participants will learn how to professional pitch their business concept. You will learn what the best practices are in developing a pitch while examining the top 10 mistakes that entrepreneurs make in trying to pitch their concept. You never know who might be interested in investing time and/or money into your business, unless you pitch your business concept to them.
Saturday Oct 20, 10a-5p. Pitch to Entrepreneurial Panel
You’ve made it! You have completed the first three days of this program. This last session, you will pitch your business concept to entrepreneurial mentors. You will examine what needs to be done to go forward on your project. You will set goals and milestones to assist you to continue to work on your program. You will have the opportunity to apply for a Texas State NSF I-Corps Site grant ($1,00-$3,000 per team) after completing the 4-day program.
Speaker sessions will be held on the 19th (Friday) at both the San Marcos and Round Rock (Avery 256) as well as streamed live on the Texas State Entrepreneurs Facebook page. The Speaker Series will be held on Friday, Oct 19, 1p-6.30p. It is the other half of our programming for the week; you do not need to participate in the bootcamp to attend!
Our keynote speaker this year is Kerry Rupp. She's a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in consumer health and sustainable products and technologies.
For over 20 years, Kerry Rupp has launched, developed and grown startup companies and new lines of business for established firms. As the prior CEO and General Partner at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund, Kerry was directly involved with the launch of over 150 companies. During her 5-year tenure with DreamIt, she grew its programs to five cities and raised and managed ~$20M in investment funds including DreamIt Access (minority entrepreneur), DreamIt Athena (female entrepreneur), and DreamIt Health programs.
Before DreamIt, Kerry was the founder of an online travel service, Holiday Golightly, which organized unique group travel excursions for women. She has also advised senior executives at Allrecipes.com, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo on strategy, business development and marketing. She held Vice President positions at AllRecipes.com, Jobster, Classmates.com and LexisNexis (and several startups that preceded these). Kerry began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Kerry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology from Duke University. She serves on the leadership teams of [email protected], the Austin chapter of Harvard Business School Alumni Club, and on the board of the Texas 4000 for Cancer. Kerry also mentors at Capital Factory and other startup hubs in Texas and is judge or coach on many local and national start-up competitions (e.g., athenahealth, Harvard Business School, Rice University Business Plan Competition, Energizing Health Houston, Texas Venture Labs, AARP Health Innovation). She is also a nationally-certified instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovations Corps (I-Corps) program.
(caption via True Wealth Ventures)
NSF I-Corps Program; Materials Advanced Research Center; McCoy College of Business Administration; Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Program; Center for Diversity and Gender Studies; Service Learning Excellence Program; Round Rock Chamber of Commerce