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    Changemaker Workshop Series

    Developed in partnership with Natasha Main, the Executive Director of the local business incubator Exponential Impact, the Changemaker Workshop Series is a fast-paced, action-oriented series that prepares students to create impact through entrepreneurship. The four-part series offers students the opportunity for students to learn and practice the tools and practice the skills needed to develop both successful non-profit and for-profit business ventures. While these workshops are designed to help students develop their materials for The Big Idea, all interested students are encouraged to take the workshops, regardless of their intention to participate in the competition. The Changemaker Workshop Series comprises the following offerings:

    Workshop 1: Core Values 

    In this session, we will delve into the foundational elements of establishing your business/venture. Let’s put your idea temporarily aside and establish who you are as a company and why you are building it. We will develop your “why statement” and core values to lay the groundwork for you to execute your vision with intention. 

    Workshop 2: Business Model 

    A business model describes the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value. In this workshop, we will work through each element needed to create a comprehensive business model for an early-stage company. 

    Workshop 3: Components of a Pitch and Executive Summary 

    Before focusing on presentation skills, we need to make sure that you have all the elements researched and laid out. In this session, we will go over the key components of a compelling pitch deck. We will break each component down and walk you through the process of gathering and displaying the information. From here, you will have all the pieces needed to create your Executive Summary which we will develop and refine during the session.

    Workshop 4: The Pitch 

    Communicating your idea and business is key. In this session, we will develop and refine pitch decks and go through practice rounds to ensure you are ready to present at the Big Idea or any other event.