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B-Start: 7 lessons learned from going through a pre-accelerator

Four months ago, I was accepted into B-Start, a pre-accelerator program for student startups in Bloomington, Indiana, with just an idea.

Through participating in the pre-accelerator’s workshops, leveraging its resources, and most of all, getting help from my mentor, I turned my concept about a better way to facilitate student-business relationships into Intask.

Before the program, I had worked for a few startups in marketing roles, read several books on entrepreneurship, and participated in various events about building a business. However, growing a startup from an idea was more impactful than any of these experiences.

The pre-accelerator recently finished, and as I reflect on the last few months, I want to share a few lessons I learned to help any new or aspiring entrepreneurs planning to undertake a similar journey.

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3 Lessons from Creating a Startup (in <54 Hours)

Fifty-four hours. ”No talk, all action.”

This is the motto behind Startup Weekend–a global series of events where business people, developers, and designers can come together and collaborate to see if they can create a startup in one short weekend.

However, there was plenty of talk as my team launched our idea into reality. Our team, Doughnation, not only placed first during Startup Weekend Bloomington, but we ended up with a model to feed the hungry in our communities while increasing profits for local restaurants and caterers.

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Want to network? Hop on Twitter.

When I first heard about Twitter, I honestly thought it was ridiculous that society was about to have another social network, let alone one where you could only convey 140 characters of information at a time.

As it turns out, I spoke too soon. So far, Twitter has helped me 1) become a team member of an international tech startup, 2) connect with an English gentlemen about becoming a correspondent for a very popular blog, 3) find opportunities to work for my favorite local businesses, and 4) obtain a killer summer job.

I truly believe this one-hundred-forty-character platform is one of the most powerful networking tools at our disposal. For anyone thinking about diving into a new industry–students, I’m looking at you–having a network to leverage your experiences and create new opportunity will end up giving you invaluable returns. Twitter is where to begin.

So how do you go about fully utilizing Twitter?

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