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NYC Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

The NYC Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is designed for Syracuse University alumni who are thinking about starting a business or who have recently founded a company. This program is hosted by the Whitman School of Management’s Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) department, consistently ranked as one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation.

The NYC Bootcamp will help you discover your innate entrepreneurial potential, giving you a set of tools and perspective to capitalize on that potential and help launch your career.

Content covered includes:

  • Determining goals and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
  • Small business vs. growth-oriented businesses
  • Paths to ownership
  • Business model canvas
  • Economics of the business
  • Finding costs, knowing the numbers (fixed costs vs. variable costs)
  • Market research (utilizing resources)
  • Pivoting
  • Basics of new venture financing (debt vs. equity)
  • Bootstrapping, crowdfunding, etc
  • Guerrilla marketing, core marketing message
  • Social media strategies
  • Developing your team
  • Leadership in a new venture

WHEN: Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: The program will be held at the Fisher Center located at 136 Madison Avenue in New York City. Entrance to the Fisher Center will be through 19 East 31st Street (just in from the NW corner of 31st and Madison).

COST: The cost to attend this program is $244 and includes all materials and lunch. 


Award-winning instructors

The NYC Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will be taught bv the following award-winning Whitman School of Management faculty and staff:

Alex McKelvie, PhD, is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises at the Whitman School of Management. Alex has taught a broad array of courses dealing with different aspects of entrepreneurship, including strategic planning, growth, family business, and corporate entrepreneurship. He has also been responsible for creating new courses related to innovation and entrepreneurship in existing corporations and family businesses as well as training programs for Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families.

John Torrens, PhD, is a practicing entrepreneur with a 20-year history of starting, buying, and selling companies in the healthcare and education industries. His research interests include entrepreneurial exits and the impact of entrepreneurship on emerging economies.  He is passionate educator who brings real world entrepreneurial experience to the classroom, mentors/coaches student start-up teams, and works closely with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families to help transitioning service members learn how to start companies.  Torrens also serves on the International Board of Directors for Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a global peer-to-peer network of CEOs.

Ken Walsleben is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.  Ken teaches Whitman’s capstone course in entrepreneurship. Until recently, Ken was an Adjunct Professor at Whitman (for 5 years) while also running the finance business he co-founded 20 years ago. That business (The Hamilton Group) is a CNY-based invoice-factoring firm with headquarters in North Syracuse, and a second office in Los Angeles. Active in local business circles, Ken and Hamilton were featured in Entrepreneur Magazine a few years back.  More recently, Ken was quoted extensively in the NY Times as a subject matter expert for alternative finance strategies for small businesses, and has also provided counsel to staffers of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Small Business.

Program take-aways

Focused, intense, and packed with practical tools and tips, the NYC Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is tailored to aspiring and new entrepreneurs, helping each participant to answer the following questions:

  • Is my idea good enough?
  • How do I reach the customer?
  • How can I make sense of the numbers?
  • Does my business model make sense?
  • What kind of entrepreneur do I want to be?
  • How can I pay for the business?
  • How do I build an effective team?
  • How can I build buzz for my business?
  • And many other practical questions that will help you successfully launch and grow your business!