Entrepreneur in Residence
Adams Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE)
Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) Program
Appointments avaliable from September 4, 2012 through April 25, 2013.
The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program offers FAU students, faculty, alumni and FAU Business Plan competitors an opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring with highly experienced entrepreneurs and executives. The Center’s EIR program brings practical and pragmatic essentials to the entrepreneurs as they develop their business plans and throughout the launch of their entrepreneurial ventures.
About the EIR’s
The Adams Center for Entrepreneurship’s EIRs have a wealth of experience in new venture development, advising in start-up ventures, entrepreneurship education and a demonstrated history of innovation in high growth industries. Our EIR’s act as ambassadors to the community providing networking and development opportunities to their entrepreneurs. Click here for a list of 2012 & 2013 EIR bios.
Prior to Making an Appointment
Entrepreneurs must have thought through the business plan opportunity, conducted extensive research and formulated the basics of the business concept and plan.
In preparation for your appointment consider the following:
- Sales and marketing plans and strategies
- Realistic capital requirements
- Product overview
- Challenges and hurdles
- Value proposition
- A beta platform/plan of rollout strategy
*Priority Appointments are offered to participants registered for the FAU Business Plan Competition during the spring semester. Special consideration given with written request contact office for details.
Booking an appointment
EIR’s have regular scheduled hours for appointments avaliable beginning September 3, 2012 - April 25, 2013.
Appointments are avaliable Monday-Thursday and can be booked via email email@example.com or by phone (561) 297-0927.
Entrepreneurs must have the following information at hand when scheduling an appointment: name, email address, phone number, Z number (if current FAU student), business name (if participating in FAU BPC), resume (if applicable), prepared questions, purpose, and goals of the meeting. This information will be provided to the EIR before the appointment.
Please note: students may not use EIR meetings to request funding. The FAU Business Plan Competition is a source of funding. Should proof of concept prove successful additional assistance for funding may follow.
Entrepreneurs should arrive 10 minutes early, be prepared, and dressed appropriately in business casual attire. Check-in for the appointment at the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship, located in the DeSantis Pavilion (87) in suite 201.
In order to cancel an appointment ACE staff MUST be notified at least 24 hours in advance of the appointment time. If an entrepreneur misses two appointments without advance notice, the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship reserves the right to disqualify the entrepreneur from EIR mentoring. If an EIR has to cancel an appointment, ACE staff will notify the entrepreneur as soon as possible, usually at least 24 hours in advance.
FAU EIRs are professionals and, similar to investment bankers, venture capitalists, lawyers and accountants they maintain client’s confidentiality and do not participate in nondisclosure agreements. Participants in the EIR program MUST use their discretion when communicating business concepts and submitting business plans it is HIGHLY recommended they Do NOT include trade secrets or confidential information in business plan submissions, oral presentations, or question/answer sessions. Even if the business plan is marked as confidential or proprietary, there will be NO confidentiality obligation or protection for any participant. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to determine appropriate information for disclosure.
Intellectual Property: Florida Atlantic University urges each participant to confirm with appropriate advisors or legal counsel that any intellectual property described in the participant’s submission is protected (i.e., by appropriate intellectual property filings, notices, (e.g. patent, copyright, etc.) by the owning institution and/or individual). It is each team’s responsibility to ensure that its submissions do not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party.