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Hi! My vision is to make the path to entrepreneurship easier and more understandable for everyone who wants to start a business. My mission is to accomplish this by coaching and content. What I need help with is feedback on what would be helpful for founders. I currently do one-on-one coaching and have a group program on how to hire the right people, fire the wrong ones (including co-founders) and manage your team to get what you want from your business.I've built several companies and have had a few exits (I built a $50 million business and sold it to a public company) but this is my first online business. I'd love any suggestions from Elpha! Thanks for the thread @valerielowym!
valerielowym's profile thumbnail
You are absolutely killing it, Diane! Great job!
iynna's profile thumbnail
Amazing initiative! Is it only for founders or other people allowed to participate?
valerielowym's profile thumbnail
Everyone's welcomed! I've had many founders, managers asking tons of questions on the side, and I felt that it's a wasted opportunity when all of us can learn together. :)
AlinaR's profile thumbnail
Thank you for this initiative! 🙏Question about partnerships: We are going to work with international students in the US. Who do you think is it better to approach in American universities for discussion? Who is easier to contact from the staff? Or should we rather contact student unions?
valerielowym's profile thumbnail
Hey Alina,Thanks for the question. I would need more context as to who you’re trying to partner with and what are you trying to get them to do. My suggestion would depend on understanding more about your business and how you want universities to help. Val
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Sure. I'm building a platform for improving speaking skills in a foreign language for international students, and want to onboard students from the university - all at once. So I assumed I could actually contact the international students' office or go to the students' unions, though I don't know which dept would be easier to connect with because I've never worked with them before.
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What I would do is reach out to student councils and unions first, and work with them to go to international students' offices. Universities are incentivized to support student initiatives and it always helps when you have existing student bodies supporting you. These student unions will also be your internal ambassadors recommending it to their friends. As a rule of thumb, it's always best to target groups of people that is the easiest to get an in with, and could also be your ambassadors referring you to their peers (your target market). I would recommend you to look at building a "Student Ambassador" or some form of "College Champion" program where you are incentivizing the students to be leaders and recommend their peers to join the platform. Whether your rewards are in the form of points/anything valuable to them, you can decide what is best. Also, this helps with building a community within these universities itself to push your local marketing initiatives when it arises.
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Wow, this is wonderful, thank you a lot! <3
valerielowym's profile thumbnail
You’re welcome! Glad it could be of help. :) Good luck and let us know how it goes!