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Seed Spot seeks best and brightest entrepreneurs

Have an idea that’s going to help make the world a better place? Ever daydream about what it would look like if your vision came to life? Look no further, because Phoenix is home to Seed Spot, a nonprofit business incubator that helps entrepreneurs turn their world-changing dreams into realities. Arizona entrepreneurs are invited to enroll in SEED SPOT’s part-time and full-time venture programs by Friday, Aug. 15.

WHAT: Seed Spot will hold two programs this fall – a part-time (evening) program and a full-time (day) program – for passionate entrepreneurs who want to create socially-responsible, purpose-driven business plans. The part-time program is designed for entrepreneurs who are at the idea or early-concept stage of their venture. Through a 12-week curriculum, these entrepreneurs receive education, training, and support to refine their concept into a business model. This program is offered every Monday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., from Sept. 8 to Nov. 24.

The full-time program is designed for entrepreneurs who may already have a service, prototype or product in the market, but need support validating all aspects of their business model to raise capital or contributions. Through a 14-week curriculum, these entrepreneurs receive formal education, mentorship, training, pitch practice, and more. This program is offered from Sept. 8 to Dec. 11 (specific hours TBD).

WHEN: The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 15 via www.seedspot.org/apply.

WHERE: Seed Spot, 2828 N. Central Ave., 7th Floor, Phoenix, 85004 (SW corner of Central Ave. & Thomas Road)

WHY: Seed Spot is one of six incubators in the country that focuses on social entrepreneurs – people who launch a product or service that benefits humanity. SEED SPOT provides curriculum, office space and a network
of advisors to help startups with business plan development, financial modeling, branding, marketing, operations, infrastructure and capital formation. Visit www.seedspot.org for more information.

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SEED SPOT hosts program for students

Do you know any high school students who are interested in business, and want to learn the ins and outs of launching a company, straight from successful entrepreneurs?

SEED SPOT is the best place for these ambitious high school students to camp out this summer, and be part of the nonprofit’s first entrepreneurial program for teens.

Here’s what’s planned for this weeklong workshop:

Day 1: Students will be inspired when they meet the SEED SPOT family, including energetic mentors and rock-star social entrepreneurs.

Day 2: Students will learn business model basics, and practice on real SEED SPOT ventures.

Day 3: It will be time to pick the group’s best ideas, form teams and start building business models.

Day 4: Students will test ideas with real customers and iterate based on findings.

Day 5: It’s all about perfecting the pitch! Students will develop a presentation, pitch to investors and compete for awards such as lunch with a local CEO and the opportunity to be showcased in front of 700+ people at SEED SPOT’s DEMO DAY in December.

When: Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18 (from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Where: SEED SPOT, 2828 N. Central Ave., 7th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004

How: To register, submit an online application no later than Friday, July 4. The fee for the program is $250, and a limited number of scholarships are available. Students are encouraged to apply soon, as the program is limited to 40 students

Who: SEED SPOT is a nonprofit incubator that works with passionate entrepreneurs who are committed to solving important societal problems. The organization has helped entrepreneurs raise nearly $1 million in capital, and positively impact more than 48,000 lives. For more information, visit www.seedspot.org.