Want to know what should go into a winning business plan? How do you pack the most important elements into a couple of pages? What impresses investors — and what turns them off? We're here to help.
Whether you are planning to enter the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge or want to refine a short business plan you already have, register for our free Miami Herald Business Plan Bootcamp on March 17.
Our panel of experts, all with years of experience in business planning and capital raising, will give you advice on crafting a short business plan aimed at grabbing the attention of investors — or judges. If you are planning to enter the Challenge, we encourage you to bring your working entry with you because the panel can critique critical sections of the short plan.
This bootcamp will include tips, investor insights and question-and-answer time. This information will be helpful whether you are starting your first business plan, refining the plan you already have or getting ready to pitch to investors. You do not have to be entering the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge to attend the bootcamp, but of course we hope you do!
The Bootcamp presenters, all Business Plan Challenge judges who are also serial entrepreneurs, investors and mentors, are:
• Melissa Krinzman (moderator), founder of Venture Architects, which positions private companies for capital-raising success, and co-founder of Krillion Ventures, a new venture capital fund that provides Seed and Series A stage funding to tech-enabled companies in Miami, New York City and San Francisco.
• Richard Ginsburg, co-founder of G3 Capital Partners, an early-stage investment company in South Florida, a former CEO of two publicly traded security companies, and a mentor.
• John Hall, executive director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Miami Dade College, a new program focused on helping companies scale, and former managing partner or president/CEO of five businesses.
• Rob Strandberg, president of Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida (EDC), a public-private partnership that assists emerging science tech companies, and a former CEO or director for tech companies.
• Mike Tomas, CEO of Miami-based Bioheart, mentor and active investor in early-stage technology and biotech companies, and chairman of FIU’s Pino Global EntrepreneurshipCenter.
The Business Plan Bootcamp begins at 6:30 p.m at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus, auditorium 1261, Building 1. We expect a capacity crowd so please register today at this direct link or by going to the event page at https://extra.herald.com/events/ and click on the Business Plan Challenge logo.
The Business Plan Challenge deadline is April 5, and you can find contest rules, judges’ bios and other information on MiamiHerald.com/challenge. I will be at the Bootcamp to answer your questions about the Challenge, and you can also email me at ndahlberg @miamiherald.com.
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