Ilia State University and the U.S. Embassy in Georgia in cooperation with Lavin Entrepreneurship Center (San Diego State University in California, the USA) is granting you the unique opportunity to attend a training course in entrepreneurship by Kimberly Davis King.

The entrepreneurial training program is being implemented within the U.S. Embassy program called PAVING THE WAY TO A KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY: ENHANCING UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS IN GEORGIA. The aforementioned program consortium is led by Ilia State University.

Why should I participate in the training?

Innovations are integral elements of the modern world. Started from 3D printers creating human organs to private companies with the purpose of colonizing Mars, innovations have become driving force for the development of economy and science.

100 million new start-ups are formed annually around the world, with only some of them achieving success. The first reason of failure is wrong decisions and absence of theoretical and practical knowledge.

Davis King will assist you in formulating business ideas and models.

About Kimberly Davis King

Kim Davis King has over 17 years’ experience in the venture capital industry and has been focused on investing and mentoring startups and high growth companies.  Kim currently serves as Adjunct Professor at SDSU, delivers lectures on Entrepreneurship and the Lavin Program and also works for the selection and review committee for local tech incubator, EvoNexus.  In addition, she is a lecturer at the UCSD Rady Business School and co-directs the StartR, mystartupxx and social innovation ventures accelerator programs for Rady business school graduates and UCSD students. She holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Training topics:

  • Lean Start-up methodology;
  • Business Model Canvas;
  • How to come up with ideas meeting market requirements;
  • Creating value in start-ups.

After completion of the course the participants will:

validate ideas, formulate business models, validate priorities, determine customers, create customer-oriented products, draw up marketing strategies for start-ups, study target market, determine advantages over competitors. 

For who is the training course intended?

In order to get involved in the project, candidates must:

  • be motivated and hard-working (the training course requires interaction between the participants);
  • know the English language to communicate with others (working language is English).

How to participate in the project?

Fill out a simple registration form not later than May 14. To fill out the form, follow the link:

Selection criteria

After reviewing the applications, selected candidates will be contacted and summoned for an interview; the candidates will hold 2-3 minute presentations before the committee.

The members of the commission will be the representatives of San Diego State University (SDSU) Lavin Centre, Ilia State University, Pre-accelerator “ZoomOut,” The U.S. Embassy in Georgia and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA).

The deadline for submitting applications is 14 May.

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