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Entrepreneurship Programs

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Learning how to create a Business Model Canvas 

Allen Angel Capital Education Program

The Allen Angel Capital Education Program is a student group of mid-Missouri investors. Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, students enable entrepreneurs to grow through careful analysis of business plans. Students invest in high-growth start-up companies by cultivating deal flow, performing pre-screening duties, completing due diligence, and structuring investment contracts. After an equity position is taken, the program will monitor portfolio holdings and harvest investments.   Learn more or apply to the program.  

Entrepenuership Bootcamp 

Free one day seminar on the basics: Value Proposition and Creating a Great Presentation; Business Concept/Lean Canvas; Identifying and Entering the Market; Financial Projections; Intellectual Property and Identifying Funding Opportunities. Open to grad students & postdocs. Learn more.

Exploring Entrepreneurship

This workshop will provide you with an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. It is designed specifically for those who are thinking about a new business venture. Participants will learn about the importance of planning and will discuss basic legal and regulatory requirements, such as legal structures, licensing and tax form requirements. You will also be introduced to marketing and financial basics to determine your market and competitive strategy. An aspiring entrepreneur needs to walk through this process and do the work up front before investing hard-earned money and avoid costly mistakes. Cost is $25.  This program is sponsored by the University of Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center. Learn more here

Missouri Business Development Program

The University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program (BDP) is a statewide network which helps businesses succeed in every stage from concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession through a variety of programs In addition to MU Extension offices, business counselors are based on each of the campuses of the University of Missouri and at other public higher education institutions throughout Missouri. Their site provides access to information, assistance and training to help businesses compete in a rapidly changing world. Find online resources and training opportunities on the BDP site.

REDI Entrepreneurial Master Calendar

The Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) is a nonprofit, public/private partnership created to enhance the vitality of business and increase the number of quality, sustainable jobs in Columbia and Boone County, MO. Redi maintains a calendar of local events that are of interest to entrepreneurs Learn more>>

1 Million Cups 

1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Search for affiliated Missouri programs in Columbia, Kansss City, St. Louis, Sedalia, Cape Girardeau and Springfield. Learn about the Columbia, MO group>>