The Arkansas Venture Center (AVC) announced today it will offer a pre-accelerator course this fall designed to help entrepreneurs and startup companies fast track their ideas to market. Backed by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), Pre-Flight is held over a 14-week period and gives participants access to proven startup methodologies alongside an established national mentor network.
Already familiar with the Nashville Entrepreneurship Center through her career as a professional artist, Llamas applied for and won a Google scholarship for a "pre-flight" entrepreneurship class held there. She said she actually had her youngest baby while enrolled in the course. But she said the class made it possible for her to launch her business since she had no prior knowledge or experience in the field.
In an effort to support individuals who want to develop a business idea, but aren’t ready to give up their day job, Nashville’sEntrepreneur Center is launching its new Pre-Flight program.
The center currently runs intensive 14-week accelerator programs, in which people commit full time to building their companies, and offers basic membership, with classes and networking events, but there was a gap between the two levels of interest, according to program director Robbie Goldsmith. The new program is designed for those who can’t commit to the full accelerator programs, for those whose ideas are not yet developed enough to enter the accelerators, and for those who want to bootstrap their company and are seeking additional expertise.