Here’s another reason why Austin is a hot bed for small business and the entrepreneurial spirit. This week, Austin is home to the Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs (RISE). Created in 2007 in Austin, this non-profit program has granted entrepreneurs from all backgrounds the chance to enjoy a week of free seminars and small-group sessions hosted by tested entrepreneurs throughout the city. The event has since become a year-long international program aimed at educating and empowering entrepreneurs at all levels. The small-group sessions are typically hosted by local volunteers on any topic of their choice at any location (typically their companys’s Austin office space) throughout the city.
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez kicked off the event Monday with a keynote address in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Some of the larger events this week include two separate Fast Pitch competitions, one based off new business ventures, and one based off of Social Innovation. In both competitions, ten teams will be allotted one minute to pitch their business idea in front of a crowd and a panel of seasoned professionals and investors. Other events in this information series include a Funding Forum where entrepreneurs can pitch their business proposal to a panel of bankers and investors and receive valuable feedback as well as a forum specifically aimed at women entrepreneurs.
Although registration for the events has closed, it is still possible to sit in on some of the larger events to get a feel for what RISE is all about. This is no doubt a wonderful opportunity for any business owner to network among industry professionals and make some great contacts. With that, I challenge all of the business owners out there to take advantage of the beneficial events that Austin offers to grow your business and create more traffic to your Business Rental Space.
For more information about these events visit the RISE Austin website.