Workshop series helps develop new ideas, businesses

A series of free workshops designed to help those looking to develop an idea for a product or service — or start their own business — begins Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Trine University.

Sessions for the Business Workshop Series will be held in Room 232 of the Jim & Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering.

The first workshop in the series is Lean Canvas (Quick Idea Evaluation), which will be held from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Those who attend will learn how to use the Lean Canvas Model to test ideas.

“What’s in a Business Plan” will be the subject of the second workshop, to be held from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. Topics will include, but not be limited to: why a business plan is needed, what it includes, executive summary, mission statement, business description, objectives/goals, keys to success, the market, strategies and tactics, financial projections and long-term planning.

The series concludes with “Finding the Money” from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, which will cover financing a business.

Besides supporting entrepreneurial ideas and new business startups, the workshops are designed to help those interested in developing projects for Trine University’s Innovation Challenge. A competition to reward the best and brightest new ideas in the region, the Challenge is open to community members, high school students and the Trine campus.

All workshops are free and open to the public. To register, visit For more information on the Innovation Challenge, visit

The series is sponsored by Trine University’s Innovation One business and idea incubator and SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Angola.