2016 BTE Bootcamp RECAP
Expectations Officially Exceeded
This year’s BTE Bootcamp™ continued the upward growth trajectory set by the preceding two BTE Bootcamps™. Over 40 entrepreneurs representing almost 30 companies completed a 5-day intensive series of entrepreneurial training designed to accelerate the completion of business models, funding strategies, marketing approaches, repeated pitch practice sessions and priceless networking opportunities with fellow campers and 50 speakers and industry mentors.
The BTE Bootcamp™ rigorous schedule covered 11 locations in the Palouse region of Idaho and Washington reinforcing the tenet that entrepreneurship is not a 9-5 job. Instead, it requires commitment, dedication, focus, team-building and networking to bring products and services to market. Campers and presenters toured local companies representing scientific technology, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and microbrewery industry sectors. When the dust settled, this year’s BTE Bootcamp™ produced an incredible cohort of entrepreneurs equipped with the necessary skills, resources, and networks to vigorously advance our region’s economic ecosystem.
Attendees spanned the entire range of business development from:
- Idea Stage – needing insight and guidance on how to evaluate their idea’s viability and leverage their inherent advantages for the greatest growth
- Ready-to-Launch Stage – needing business model refinement, “pitch-perfect” presentation practice and team-building
- Ready-to-Pivot Stage – established businesses preparing for a major expansion or complete industry sector change
- Ready-to-Leverage Stage – pairing entrepreneurs with university evidence-based intellectual property discoveries with viable business potential
Palouse Knowledge Corridor™
The BTE Bootcamp™ is the brainchild of the Palouse Knowledge Corridor™ (PKC), a group of community, business, academic and governmental leaders committed to fueling regional entrepreneurial activity in the Palouse region of Washington’s Whitman and Idaho’s Latah counties. The PKC brings together universities, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, governmental entities, and private businesses to match innovation with opportunity, promote the assets in this unique region, quality of life and foster regional collaborative efforts.
The success of the 2016 BTE Bootcamp™ would have been impossible without the dedicated work of the PKC’s board and BTE Bootcamp advance team’s year-round efforts, attention to detail, response to feedback from campers and generous sponsorships. This year’s BTE Bootcamp™ team was led by co-chairs Alex Navarro, Zions Bank, and Francis Benjamin, Washington State University. The curriculum effort was led by George Tanner, University of Idaho. Their efforts continue year-round and planning is already underway for the 2017 BTE Bootcamp™.
Thankfully, the Palouse is also home to a vibrant community supportive of entrepreneurial activities. Presenters, mentors, and business leaders also generously contribute their hard-won experience and valuable time to make the BTE Bootcamp™ a high-quality event. This is a great place to grow a successful business.
We invite your continued support of the upcoming 4th Annual Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp™. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Francis Benjamin BTE Bootcamp™ co-chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Behind The Scenes
Francis Benjamin, Palouse Knowledge Corridor Board member and Co-Chair of Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp, describes his experience with this year’s BTE Bootcamp™, as well as what goes into planning and executing such a complex five-day event.
Q. What is your role at BTE Bootcamp™?
Alex Navarro, Zions Bank, and I serve as co-chairs of the BTE Bootcamp™. We oversee all aspects of the BTE Bootcamp™. This includes funding, sponsors, curriculum, agenda, speakers, mentors, campers, hospitality, and more. Our fingerprints are on all aspects of the BTE Bootcamp™, but so are the fingerprints of a lot of other people. We may be responsible for everything, but there are many people involved who bring and apply their specialty and expertise.
Q: What kind of things have you done to help keep everything running smoothly?
The most important part of my job is connecting and
Q: Do you have a favorite moment?
My favorite time of the BTE Bootcamp™ is the Wednesday
Q: What has been a good takeaway from this experience for you?
Just as the BTE Bootcamp™ challenges and stretches individuals, I also have similar experiences. There are always challenges to overcome in putting on the BTE Bootcamp™. I am never able to delegate all of the areas which I don’t feel gifted in, so I end up having to face fears and insecurities. In the process, I grow and become a better, more skilled, and more compassionate person.
Q: What do you think that this year’s campers have gotten out of BTE Bootcamp?
The BTE Bootcamp™ is designed to give individuals wins and make them successful. Through the BTE Bootcamp™, the individuals have grown in confidence, become more knowledgeable in the business process, developed an expanded network, and learned keys which will assist them to be a better and more successful business leader.