What do you get when you combine a group of passionate students and their unique business ideas with dedicated, experienced instructors? The answer is simply, an interactive entrepreneurial community!
The Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership (IEL) in Downtown Concord is a catalyst for such an entrepreneurial community and business environment, having created what’s known as the Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship. This program is known to be the most comprehensive entrepreneurial program in the Bay Area today, having already trained over 160 founders and CEOs to grow and maintain their own businesses.
The certificate components include six months of expert classroom hands on training, special entrepreneurial seminars and events, in-depth advising from community leaders, entrepreneurial legal services, and most importantly one-on-one business mentoring along with various services at IEL’s business incubator facility.
Entrepreneurial Community at work
Kicking off its fourth consecutive year in teaching, the IEL welcomes a new group of pre-selected students eager to build their businesses (or expand their existing ventures). Individuals from various backgrounds and walks of life come together with one common goal; to learn how to shape their vision into a sustainable business.
Students meet weekly at the IEL facility to study all components of strategic business-planning including financing, social media and marketing, speaking skills, technology integration, market research, elevator pitching, and more.
Between in-class lecturing, interactive assignments, and one-on-one mentoring, these students are given the necessary tools to create a thorough and realistic business plan for their ideas.
Over the course of six-months, these students work diligently to perfect their business pitch which they will present to their classmates and instructors near the end of the term. Feedback, encouragement and support play enormous roles in this class which, after all, are the foundations of any strong community!
UPCOMING EVENTS FROM IEL ACCELERATOR
April 20 — Emerging Entrepreneurs Pitch Contest (Concord)
May 8 — Entrepreneurship Awards Luncheon (Alamo)
May 12 — Concord Tech Tuesdays Meetup (Concord)