In an effort to help prospective entrepreneurs and innovators evaluate the business feasibility of their ideas, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) has created a quarterly workshop for discussion and feedback.

The next Capital Connection Innovator’s Quarterly Workshop session will be on Saturday at the N.C. State University’s Centennial
Campus. The Innovator’s Quarterly Workshop program is part of the CED Capital Connection system, which consists of entrepreneur-focused programs that assist entrepreneurs at various stages, from idea to initial funding.

“The decision of whether or not to pursue a new venture is often a difficult one as the potential entrepreneur weighs the risks and rewards, and compares his or her technology and idea against the investment criteria of angel and venture capital investors,” CED President Monica Doss said in a statement. “The Quarterly Workshops are designed for corporate and academic researchers, but are open to anyone working with an innovative technology or idea and interested in starting a new venture.”

Well-established entrepreneurs, investors and service partners (accountants, attorneys, etc.) deliver the content of the program, combining panel discussions with interactive workshops and take-away tools. Some of the speakers include Steve Walsh from N.C.
State and also former senior VP and founder of BOPS; Brad Walters from Academy Funds; Jesko von Windheim of Cronos; and Chris Lynch from Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP.

Key topics to be discussed include: understanding venture capital and angel investment criteria, how to approach investors, understanding potential customers and competition, and science vs. business and technology vs. product. Participants will also discuss the start-up process, intellectual property protection and ownership, business formation, and management and team/partner issues.