Have a great idea or invention but don’t know where to turn? Then consider yourself a candidate for an upcoming day of four workshops for first-time entrepreneurs sponsored by the NJIT Enterprise Development Center and the Alumni Association of NJIT. Set for Jan. 24, 2009, at the NJIT Campus Center from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., the event will feature many opportunities for questions and networking to help launch that dream.
“I Have an Idea, Now What?” is the topic scheduled for 10 a.m. featuring Jerry Creighton, Sr. about business plan basics and market assessment. Creighton is the executive director of the NJIT Enterprise Development Center.
A closer look at legal and intellectual property considerations follows at 10:30 a.m. with NJIT alum Ron Panitch, a partner in the law firm Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario & Nadel LLP.
How and where to find funding on the state, federal and private levels is the focus of a talk at 11 a.m. from Steve Royster, Jr., the Newark Innovation Zone Officer, NJ Economic Development Authority.
Sheft, associate vice president of technology development at NJIT wraps up at 11:30 a.m. discussing available resources at NJIT to assist a budding entrepreneur.
The group breaks for a box lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.
The afternoon session includes a candid one-hour panel discussion starting at 12:30 p.m. from already-established Marge Perry, of MZM Construction; George Burke of Book Swim; Leon Baptiste of LB Electric; and Al Limaye of AC Biro. Informal networking follows from 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
The NJIT Alumni Club will coordinate this special event. A continental breakfast and box lunch will be available. The format includes a morning session featuring four important topics that all budding entrepreneurs need to know. The afternoon will provide a time for questions and informal networking. The cost is $20 for NJIT alums; $30 for others. For information and/or to register contact the Office of Alumni Relations (973) 596-3443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NJIT Enterprise Development Center accelerates the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services, developed or orchestrated by EDC management, and offered both in the incubator and through its network of contacts. The goal is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable and freestanding.
Incubator "graduates" create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, commercialize critical new technologies and strengthen local and national economies. Management guidance and consulting suitable for young, growing companies is critical to the mission. The incubator program also provides clients access to appropriate rental space and flexible leases, shared basic services and equipment, technology support services, and assistance in obtaining financing necessary for company growth.