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By Adam Ross

FAU Market Validation Program

MVP is a customer discovery program that challenges entrepreneurs to define their product market fit by conducting interviews with potential customers. Entrepreneurs also learn to uncover customers’ pain points and needs. The four-week program consists of a kickoff workshop with in-person team presentations, two 30-minute check-ins (virtual option) and a finale with an in-person team presentation.

We help entrepreneurs and small businesses:
– Identify or validate unmet market or clinical needs
– Discover your product market fit (i.e. who is your customer and what needs are you fulfilling)
– Refine your business thesis and value proposition
– Identify gaps and assumptions in your business model canvas
– Obtain individual business counseling
– De-risk your company/startup by conducting customer discovery interviews
– Gather qualitative data which can be used in future pitches/meetings

By Nate Hendriksen

FAU Entrepreneur Bootcamp launching Fall 2017

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Entrepreneur Bootcamp Description

The FAU Entrepreneur BootCamp is a fast-paced certificate course that helps to empower promising entrepreneurs and ambitious small business owners. It does this by teaching the tools necessary to write a successful business plan, find financial backing, and design a blueprint for success.

Through a total of 30 contact hours, the FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship is offering students the chance to learn why a business plan is necessary and how to write an effective business plan. In addition to this, students will learn how to pitch a plan to investors as well as what those investors expect to see in the plan. By the end of the entrepreneur bootcamp, students will be prepared to enter a business plan in the prestigious FAU Business Plan Competition and compete for seed funding.

In addition to learning how to pitch a business plan, students will discover the most effective research tools available, from using databases in researching competition to understanding demographics. From this research, they will learn how to create an impactful marketing plan and project sales revenues.

Course Overview

The Entrepreneur Boot Camp is made up of ten sessions and includes access to mentor consultation via the Entrepreneur In Residence program. All participants will receive a Florida Atlantic University Certificate upon satisfactory completion all sessions as well as assignments, individual study assignments, learning assignments and class discussions.

The bootcamp is open to all students, staff, and the community. Cost for participating in the bootcamp starts at $50 for FAU students. FAU staff or Alumni can register for $100, and any other members of the community are welcome to register for $200.

Meet the Instructor

Kevin Cox is a published entrepreneurial focused academic currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Kevin received his B.S.B.A. in Management, with minor in Entrepreneurship as well as a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (M.S.E.) from the University of Florida.

Most recently Kevin has primarily focused on Entrepreneurship research as well as teaching undergraduate Entrepreneurship courses at FAU. During his tenure, he has helped students launch successful crowdfunding campaigns, advance to the final round of the FAU Business Plan Competition, form LLCs, design websites, initiate new product development, and work towards securing intellectual property protection.


By Nikki Cabus

FAU Business Plan Competition | April 21st

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FAU College of Business is hosting the annual Business Plan Competition on Friday, April 21st

Every year the College of Business,  Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU encourages students, faculty, staff and recent graduates to pitch their innovative ideas for a chance to fund their new ventures!


  • 1st $10,000

  • 2nd $5,000

  • 3rd $2,500

  • Best interdisciplinary team $1,000

  • People’s Choice $1,000

In addition, the winning team will also get legal and business services, space at FAU’s Tech Runway and the opportunity to present their business plan to local angel, venture capital groups and more! Participating students will also gain valuable skills and experiences to be successful.

When? Friday, April 21st 8:45am-2:00pm                            Where? FAU College of Business, OD 101


The competition is open to the public but space is limited. RSVP NOW!

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