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SunDown RunDown Business Pitch Event – Columbus

Central Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent.

If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea and grab a beer while you’re there.

Doors open at 5:30pm, pitches start by shortly after 6:00pm

Here’s how it works for those who pitch:

1) Before the event: Submit your idea to us on our site here.  – you’ll actually hear back from us, no secret handshakes, no buddy, buddy shenanigans with us.

2) Register to Attend

3) We’ll schedule you to pitch at one of our events – and you better show up!

4) You pitch, get feedback on your idea, and maybe make a connection to help move your idea further. And we do this at night and we try to have 4 pitches during that time.

Here’s how it works for the audience:

1) Register to Attend

2) Give critical, but constructive feedback to the pitched business idea.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The Varisty Club is a bar and restaurant. While there are no ID requirements or age limits to attend, you must be 21 and over to purchase from the cash bar, and ID will be required.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Attached and street level parking

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

info@sundownrundown.org

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Raising Capital I – Taking on Investors

Ages 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

There is a lot of pre-work that you have to do to make your company ready for investors.  In this class, learn what types of documents you need, costs that you need to budget for, and what it really means for your business when you take on investors and the new levels of responsibility you need to take on when you start using other people’s money.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is offered in face to face delivery and simultaneously delivered as a live online course.  To view this course online, students will have to login to our leaning management system to access the live feed during the scheduled class time.  Online students will be able to interact with the instructor and other students online and in the classroom.

This course can be applied towards the Entrepreneurship Certificate from SunDown Group.

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Startup Dinner Theater – Surprisingly Simple Product Development

Join us for an evening of fine dining, networking, and education on how taking the simplest of ideas and turning them into a product or service that is unique, different, and delights your customers.

Enjoy a three course dinner with a wine or beer pairing from up and coming culinary artist Kuukua Yomekpe.  She is the Chef and Founder of Asempe Kitchen and hear her story of how she started up and her overall vision of bringing The Atlantic Coast of African Cuisine to Ohio. Enjoy Brodze kyewee (seasoned ripe plantains), Jollof Rice (jasmine rice, tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices, mixed vegetables, and your choice of meat), and an African spin on bread pudding.

After dinner, learn from John Farhat about what it takes to take your idea and develop it into a product or service that will differentiate you in the market, deliver on customer expectations, and help set your company on a path to success.

Network with your peers.  Exchange ideas and find inspiration.

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Finance II – Running the Business

Ages: 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Launching a business is hard.  Keeping it running is even harder.  To help you keep your business going, you need to put financial controls in place to know when your business is succeeding or when things start to become a struggle.  In this class, you will learn how to setup those controls for your business, understand how to monitor them, and learn what to do when something starts to get out of control.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is offered in face to face delivery and simultaneously delivered as a live online course.  To view this course online, students will have to login to our leaning management system to access the live feed during the scheduled class time.  Online students will be able to interact with the instructor and other students online and in the classroom.

This class can be applied to the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program offered by SunDown Group

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Finance I – Introduction to Business Financials

Ages 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Accounting is Fun! – Well, not really, but accounting is one of those things that you just need to learn at a very basic level to be able to make sure you company is running well, has cash to pay its bills, and detect any problems or identify areas of opportunity.  This session will walk you through some of the core accounting documents and how to use them in the management of your business.  You will learn how to build a pro-forma cash flow statement, balance sheet, and P&L statement.  You will also get access to tools that will help you create these important documents for your startup or existing business.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is offered in face to face delivery and simultaneously delivered as a live online course.  To view this course online, students will have to login to our leaning management system to access the live feed during the scheduled class time.  Online students will be able to interact with the instructor and other students online and in the classroom.

This course is part of the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is part of the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

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Marketing I – Intro to Marketing Planning

Ages 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Marketing is what gets your product or service into the hands of your customers, but how do you know when your marketing is effective and how do you even reach your customers.  Marketing planning is an important first step in launching your marketing efforts to make sure you attract the right kinds of customers that will keep coming back to you to continue to buy more.  This class will teach you the quick fundamentals and give you the tools to put together a marketing strategy that will work for your business.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is offered in face to face delivery and simultaneously delivered as a live online course.  To view this course online, students will have to login to our leaning management system to access the live feed during the scheduled class time.  Online students will be able to interact with the instructor and other students online and in the classroom.

This course is part of the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

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Product and Service Creation I – Evaluating Your Idea

Ages 16+

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Believe it or not Innovation and Creativity is a process. You actually have to work at it to come up with ideas. Very rarely does lightning just strike your brain, unless your idea is a lightning rod directly attached to your skull, but I digress. This session will walk you through some of the strategies and activities you can do to come up with ideas for your next great product or service and evaluate that idea to see if there are actually customers willing to buy.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

The course can be applied to the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

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Forming Your Business II – Setting The Stage for Success

When you set out to form your business, you need to also think about the end.  How will you exit the business?  Do you want to sell it, take it public, pass it on to future generations, or just shut it down when you are done?  Success takes on different forms and this session will help you prepare for managing your business with your end goals in mind.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is offered in face to face delivery and simultaneously delivered as a live online course.  To view this course online, students will have to login to our leaning management system to access the live feed during the scheduled class time.  Online students will be able to interact with the instructor and other students online and in the classroom.

The course can be applied to the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

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Forming Your Business I – Introduction

Ages: 16+
Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

We will talk about what kinds of businesses can you form and why you would choose one type over the other, what goes into creating a business, and paths to becoming a full-time entrepreneur and small business owner.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

This course is offered in face to face delivery and simultaneously delivered as a live online course.  To view this course online, students will have to login to our leaning management system to access the live feed during the scheduled class time.  Online students will be able to interact with the instructor and other students online and in the classroom.

This course can be applied to the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program from SunDown Group

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Franklinton programs meant to boost financial skills

Residents of Franklinton along with the artists and entrepreneurs there can take advantage of two new programs meant to bolster their financial skills.

The Franklinton Urban Empowerment Lab is offering an eight-week course meant to help participants gain confidence in managing money and expenses, building credit and strengthening their resumes. The course is free and participants get a $252 stipend for completing the classes.

The classes start April 12 and meet every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1003 West Town St.

The class is funded by a grant from the city of Columbus.

The SunDown Group, meanwhile, is offering an entrepreneurship certificate program to meant to help participants learn how to start and run a business.

The program costs $315 and will be taught on Tuesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Idea Foundry, 421 West State St.

Those who are a part of a Franklinton member organization can apply for a grant from the lab to pay for the program.

mawilliams@dispatch.com

@BizMarkWilliams

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