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.
No matter what you study, Monday-Friday classes rarely fully prepare you to tackle the real world. And because of our changing technology, staying relevant in the classroom becomes harder every day. This is especially true for anyone interested in marketing, communications, or entrepreneurship.
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.