AZEC12 is October 30!

The work of OTEF is almost entirely funded by the Arizona Entrepreneurship Conferences.

The keynote speaker this year is Robert Scoble of Rackspace, renowned tech evangelist, blogger, and champion of entrepreneurs. He will be joined at the conference by Bill Reichert, Managing Partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Local entrepreneurial heavyweights Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment, Jeff Pruitt (Tallwave), Mark Rukavina (iMemories), Alex Brigham (Corpedia), Clate Mask (Infusionsoft), Jan Ziff (Heckerty), Bart Steiner (Bulbstorm) and many others will also share insights.

And we will bring you the latest updates on Crowdfunding!

The conferences always sell out,  so sign up early and save your spot.

What are we doing? This year, OTEF has begin a series of new initiatives to help disadvantaged entrepreneurs. We worked with the Halle Foundation to help a domestic violence victim ramp up her business.

We are working with a new not-for-profit that teaches art to the autistic, and we are still doing individual counseling and mentoring for disadvantaged would-be entrepreneurs through Gangplank.

New FastTrac programs roll out in AZ this September

The  FastTrac Team has been busy this  summer and is rolling  new programs this September.

Several new entrepreneurship programs are starting this month. Please spread the word to friends and associates who want to start a new business or advance their existing businesses.  (FastTrac Graduates can attend any program below for Free.)

Continue reading

RoadMap to Launch a Rousing Success

This year, OTEF’s entrepreneurship training program was held in conjunction with the City of Chandler and Gangplank, a not-for-profit community collaboration space in downtown Chandler. Entrepreneurs with an idea gathered first at StartupWeekendChandler to collaborate in 54 hours of non-stop idea pitching, team formation, and preliminary planning.

The teams that emerged from StartupWeekendChandler were invited to participate in a Roadmap to Launch program for eight weeks at Gangplank. OTEF conducted that program, and we’re happy to report that the room was full to overflowing all summer long, and about twenty-five attendees participated.

In this program, disadvantaged entrepreneurs from Chandler and environs received the same Lean Startup training given to Silicon Valley’s best and brightest, thanks to the OTEF facilitation team. Continue reading

Entrepreneurs: Get your business growing in 2011

Attention Arizona Entrepreneurs:  Four FastTrac entrepreneur training programs are open for registration at www.arizonaft.com :

Kauffman FastTrac®

Take Charge of Your Business™

What is FastTrac?

FastTrac is a practical, hands-on business development program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business. As a FastTrac participant, you won’t just learn about business, you’ll live it. You will work on your own business ideas or ventures throughout the course – moving your ventures to new levels of performance. Continue reading