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New program trains aspiring entrepreneurs

Clearwater, Florida -- Beginning in October, WorkNet will launch an innovative technology-focused training program, called Startup Quest in Pinellas County.

The program educates aspiring entrepreneurs about opportunities to commercialize technologies developed at Florida's universities and federal laboratories.

The program is open to veterans and professionals with college degrees who are either unemployed or underemployed, and considering self-employment or working for a startup as a career path. Interested candidates can attend a no-obligation Informational Session on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at the Feather Sound Country Club.  To register for the event please visit http://bit.ly/StartUpQuest.  

Experienced entrepreneurs and startup mentors that have already created their own successful businesses will lead an intensive 10-week training course. The mentors will guide participants through the process of creating business plans to bring new, patentable inventions and technologies to market. The program culminates with an investor pitch contest in front of real-world investor judges. Training is provided at no cost to eligible participants.  

“Entrepreneurs play a vital role in economic development and new job creation” states Edward Peachey, President & CEO of WorkNet Pinellas and Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance. “Hopefully the skills gained during the program will empower participants to form their own startup company here in the Tampa Bay area.”  

WorkNet Pinellas is still accepting mentors with technology startup experience to lead teams. To learn more about becoming a Startup Quest™ mentor email startupquest@worknetpinellas.org or visit www.worknetpinellas.org

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