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Entrepreneurship: Lessons From the Road

by Mike Wilkinson on August 18, 2010

Since 1990, when I first started Paragon Innovations, I have talked with hundred of entrepreneurs. Many of them come to us with an idea, looking for advice and assistance on how to make their idea a viable product and company.   I also have been involved for years in the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE), which is part of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M.   CNVE sponsors the Aggie 100, Tech Transfer and Ideas Challenge, which all promote entrepreneurship and recognize successful ideas and businesses.

The one common theme I’ve observed from my experience is that all entrepreneurs are looking for guidance on how to be successful.  For some of these entrepreneurs, Paragon has assisted them through the funding stage, and we have come to understand what an investor is looking for in a potential startup.

Over the next few weeks, I will share some of my business insights and advice on how an entrepreneur can prepare for the journey of starting a company and raising capital.  I hope to provide a framework of what you will need and questions you will want to think through as you move forward.  There are lots of resources available for startups, so I’d suggest learning as much as you can early on.

The following are the major topics I will cover in my Entrepreneurship posts:

  • Business plan essentials
  • Intellectual property
  • Company structure
  • Types of funding
  • Investor presentations
  • Incubators

If you have read any of my earlier posts, you know that I have a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Having a great idea is only the beginning of the journey.   Hopefully you will learn something new over the next few weeks that will help you achieve your goals.

If there are any topics you would like me to discuss, please leave a comment.

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