Registration is underway for Startup Quest, a free 10-week entrepreneurial training program for out-of-work or under-employed, degree-holding professionals in Northeast Florida. The program, which begins on Monday, March 10, is a partnership between Florida Works, the University of Florida, the JAX Chamber and CareerSource.
“Startup Quest brings new opportunities for collaboration to transform career paths, skills training and economic development,” said JAX Chamber Entrepreneurial Growth Division Senior Director Carlton Robinson. “The program provides vital support and innovative training to our professional workforce while supporting our local economy with business growth and job creation.”
The free program, which meets once a week for 10 weeks, has helped hundreds around the state improve their marketability for employment. Participants in the program connect with highly successful entrepreneurs who guide the professionals through the process of creating business models to bring new inventions and technologies to market.
“Startup Quest gives job seekers insight into how entrepreneurs think and how a product launch happens,” said Bruce Ferguson, Jr., President of CareerSource Northeast Florida. “In a competitive job market, they’ll have an edge over people who have never been this close to a company startup.”
Those who enroll in the program gain increased knowledge about advanced technologies, emerging industries, entrepreneurship, market analysis, financial projections, management and the technology development process, as well as significant increases in personal self-confidence with newly developed job skills. These skills empower a participant to form their own startup company or make them a more valuable employee for a new startup company.
“Communities are strengthened with the creation of new pathways for employment and self-employment for their citizens,” said JAX Chamber President Daniel Davis. “Through collaboration and innovation, more jobs will be created in our region.”
Those interested in participating can register for an informational session to be held on Monday, March 10, from noon to 4 p.m. at The Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. To register, visit http://www.jaxsbc.com.
Startup Quest is part of an evaluation study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Participants will be selected from among eligible applicants. Data collected will remain confidential and will used for statistical purposes only. Startup Quest is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.