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FIRESIDE CHAT SEMINAR: Start-Up 101! with Jim Cossler, Entrepreneur in Residence, Youngstown Business Incubator

In his many years of experience in the business incubation profession, Cossler has developed a concise 40 minute program that is a vital part of the incubation model at YBI. Startup 101 covers the essentials for a successful startup including: how to find a “killer idea”, how to verify whether a market exists for the idea, how to recruit top talent to your start up, what investors are looking for and how to “pitch” to them, and why the digital startup has the best chance of succeeding. NOTE: This Chat is highly recommended for anyone interested in ideablitz!2018.


Join us every Wednesday evening for an hour or two of stimulating conversation with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinkers! If you have ever wondered how businesses or organizations get started, here’s the chance to find out. The seminars run from September 5 through November 14 (no speakers on September 12 or November 7).

Each Wednesday an entrepreneur will tell their story. Some of these entrepreneurs may be well seasoned; some may be just starting out. Hear how they did it…what they did right…what they might do differently, and what they might do next! This semester our focus is on technology, the College’s theme for the year.