"Today, more than ever, we believe in the powerful role small businesses play in building communities and local economies. Through our Academies we are helping support innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs by giving them the tools and training they need to take a great idea and bring it to life," said
The scholarship-based Academy, which is sponsored by Quirky, will be in
"To design this curriculum, we combined our experience as both entrepreneurs and educators to create a skills-based program that will provide participants with the opportunity to enhance their odds of success in the marketplace," said
- Thinking Like an Entrepreneur: Mindset, Vision and Strategy
- Money Matters: Accounting and Financing Your Business
- Risk Mitigation: Legal and Tax Issues
- Product Issues: Securing a Patent, connecting with big brands and Licensing Options
- Manufacturing and distribution
- Quality Assurance
- Defining and Acquiring Customers
- Customer Discovery: Branding, Marketing, Research
- Perfecting Your Pitch
The Academy is a key component of HSN's American Dreams initiative - a program designed to tap into the joy and excitement of discovering new entrepreneurs, while collaborating with strategic partners to find, educate and train inventors as they bring their products to market.
All applicants must have a product or business concept in development or established in order to participate. Enrollment for the
For more information about HSN's American Dreams initiative, Quirky or The University of Tampa's Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, please visit http://americandreams.hsni.com/ and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
HSN is a leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, Fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to over 90 million households in the US 24/7 and its website - hsn.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 40 years ago as the first electronic retailer, is an operating segment of
About American Dreams
For 40 years, HSN - the original TV retailer - has been dedicated to finding and supporting innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs. HSN helps entrepreneurs bring their products to life by giving them the HSN platform to share their product and their story. Today, more than ever, HSN believes in the powerful role small businesses play in building communities and local economies, and is passionate about helping to build the economy one entrepreneur at a time. HSN has developed strategic partnerships with
About the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center:
Founded in 2009 with a mission to "make invention accessible," Quirky brings new products to market by connecting a global community of inventors to established manufacturers. At the nexus of technology-enabled cultural trends like the maker movement, community creativity and the demand for meaningful product backstories, Quirky has challenged the status quo of invention to become a major force in the product development landscape. Quirky has launched more than 150 products across categories including electronics, home and kitchen, and more than 1 million active community members share in the product royalties.
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