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Business Startup


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Brian CyrBrian Cyr

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Business Startup is offered during Blocks 1-2 for fall and spring terms.


Gravitate Co-Working, Des Moines Downtown and Valley Junction
– Shuttle is available to the downtown location

Course Description

The APEX Business Startup course is for any student completing at least one previous APEX course and would like to continue work in an economic sector while exploring a business startup opportunity.  The APEX Business Startup course would connect students with a network of mentors to learn about topics such as the business model canvas, market research, design thinking, financing and funding models, patent support, and planning for successful scaling and growth. Presenting a final “shark tank” style pitch would be the culmination at the end of the course.

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