Do you have a great business idea but don’t know where to start? Do you have questions about the process of creating a start-up business but never knew who to ask/ Just curious what the big deal is with the start-up side of technology?? We are proud to introduce a free, new webcast series called Ignite Your Venture that aims to help you understand the in’s and out’s of the start-up process and give you a forum to ask people with expertise in the start-up ecosystem.
Hosted by Microsoft’s very own Angie Lim, Channel Audience Manager for the Microsoft Canada Partner Network and featuring the experts at Intrepid Equity and others, the intent is to bring discuss topics that entrepreneurs often ask and to help provide insight into all things start-up.
The webcasts will run every Wednesday of April 2010 (see the list of webcasts below for details) and registration is free. We look forward to seeing you on these webcasts!
Webcast #1 – Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 from 2:00PM ET to 3:00PM ET: Bring Your Ideas to Life with a Venture Capitalist
Venture capital plays a key part in enabling entrepreneurs to help accelerate their businesses. At the same time, raising funds can be a laborious and intimidating task. In this session, you will gain insight into the capabilities and approaches that venture capitalists value the most. You will learn how to prepare a comprehensive growth plan, and how to approach and engage diverse sources of finance. You will hear a variety of views from key business leaders on how to best help you get the outcome you deserve – the funding you need and an ecosystem of support to help you make the most of it.
Register for this Webcast Here
Webcast #2 – Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 from 2:00PM ET to 3:00PM ET: Finding the Right People to Make the Right Team with Randy Street
In business, you are who you hire. Randy Street, co-author of "Who: The A Method for Hiring", a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best seller, offers a ground-breaking solution to your #1 business problem - hiring mistakes. In this webinar you will discover a simple 4-step method for hiring the right people that has helped its practitioners to achieve a 90% success rate, gain insights from exclusive interviews with more than 20 billionaires, 60 CEOs, numerous investors, and other thought leaders on the subject of hiring, and also learn the secrets of success for over 300 CEOs who participated in a University of Chicago study.
Webcast #3 – Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 from 2:00PM ET to 3:00PM ET: Helping to Increase Profits with Focus on Channel Engagement & Helping to Accelerate Your Sales
Channel selection, deployment and execution represent a strategic minefield for many companies. This session will focus attention on the critical components of an effective channel engagement strategy. You will learn approaches that help you make the most of every dollar you spend in accessing and engaging customers. You will gain insight into effective methods for assessing which channels to use, and how best to use them. You will hear views from experienced entrepreneurs and channel builders about the most effective ways to drive deal velocity and scale – helping to contribute to the accelerated growth of your business.
Webcast #4 – Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 from 2:00PM ET to 3:00PM ET: Business Lead Generation that Really Delivers
Generating and effectively managing leads, especially when resources are scarce, can be a real business roadblock. In this session, you will learn how to establish a strategic lead generation and management process that accelerates performance and that utilizes resources effectively, particularly in an entrepreneurial environment. You will also discover how to measure the real effectiveness of your lead generation efforts – so that you can ensure every dollar you spend contributes to revenue creation.