Here we are, Startup Tucson back with another #StartupScoop -- the best way to stay in the Startup loop. This week the focus is on our Connection Services... a structured way to connect entrepreneurs to community resources. How do we do this effectively? Well, keep reading.
Startup Tucson Connections Services is a free, up to monthly coaching program that is open to all Startup Tucson Network Members. We talk about your goals, your priorities, and any roadblocks you are facing in your business growth. We then use this information to help connect you to any local organizations, mentors, or resources that can assist you. Startup Tucson’s Connection Services give entrepreneurs at any stage the resources in our community that they may not have access to otherwise, or may not have knowledge of. Through our Connections Services, Startup Tucson serves as both the Concierge and the Hub to the Tucson innovation ecosystem.
Connection Services are a membership benefit for active entrepreneurs in the Startup Network. You are eligible for this free membership program when you have completed our 101 Course (Startup Labs) and filled out a survey called the Startup Tucson Growth Tracker. When you have completed these two steps, you can enter the members portal on StartupTucson.com and signup for your very first Connections Service. A member of our team will conduct an intake with you and you will be well on your way to being more connected to the startup ecosystem.
After the initial intake meeting, entrepreneurs will be given a set of measurable tasks to complete, which they are free to do at their pace. Appropriate introductions are made as progress is completed, measured tasks are accounted for, and growth is apparent. Introductions are based on where the entrepreneur is in their stage, and at a measured pace.
Schedule one-to-one coaching using the scheduling service in the member portal. up to once a month) Through a structured session, get referrals to relevant resources, mentors, education, and opportunities in the region that will help you take your next step in your growth. Develop a concrete list of next-steps with built-in accountability (you can only sign up for your next coaching session until you have progressed in the goals you set for yourself) As your business idea develops and you demonstrate your commitment to growth, you "unlock" high-level introductions to investors and key industry leaders. We you get the right connections at the right time in your process.