Entrepreneur Week

Nurturing and assisting entrepreneurship to create jobs and wealth in the Coastal Bend is a primary focus of the mission of the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (Innovation Center). The robust growth of the Innovation Center in the last three years is evidence that we are committed to what we do. We have completed a renovation of our facility that has doubled our capacity for resident clients. The Innovation Center will be hosting the Entrepreneur Week from Oct 1-3, 2013 to celebrate our new space and create greater awareness in the community of the Innovation Center and its clients. We have the following objectives for the week:

  1. Create net working opportunities across diverse industry sectors, especially emerging industries
  2. Enhance open communication, collaboration, and sygnergistic efforts among economic development stakeholders
  3. Promote entrepreneurship and economic sustainability in the region
  4. Create a forum for Economic Development organizations to collaborate and meet entrepreneurs.
Date Time Event Description
Tuesday Oct 1, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM VIP Tour Invited guests will be given a tour of the expanded facilities of the Innovation Center. During the tour, they will talk with clients and students involved with the programs at the Innovation Center, and will learn more about the support available for area entrepreneurs. Also, on the tour you will learn about a TAMU-CC research division bold step in late 2012 to lead a statewide effort to win federal designation as a test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Dr. Flavius Killebrew, the president of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC), will preside over the ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. and will acknowledge the contributors to the facility expansion project. Guests will include individuals from TAMU-CC, representatives from the Economic Development Administration, City, County, State, and Federal elected officials, Innovation Center Community Advisory Board Members, and students, staff, and clients of the Innovation Center.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Ribbon Cutting
11:45 AM - 01:00 PM Lunch Lunch will be served to invited guests and will include a brief status report on the Innovation Center. Information will be made available on current clients of the Innovation Center, and other events scheduled for Entrepreneur Week. Luncheon guests will be individuals from TAMU-CC, representatives from the Economic Development Administration, City, County, State, and Federal elected officials, Innovation Center Community Advisory Board Members and clients of the Innovation Center.
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM Open House/Tours This event is open to the general public. The Innovation Center staff and students will be available to conduct facility tours and provide program information to guests.

Date Time Event Description
Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM Client Meeting A brief meeting of Innovation Center clients will be conducted to cover new information relative to the facility, security, and emergency procedures as a result of the completion of construction. College of Business Dean John Gamble will give a brief update on the COB and plans for further engagement with the Innovation Center.
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Graduation Ceremony The first graduation event in the history of the Innovation Center will follow the client meeting to recognize graduates. Graduates scheduled for the event are Rugged Cycles, Amistad Community Health Centers, Risper’s Signature, and Great Sage, Inc. In attendance will be the Innovation Center clients, staff and students, representatives of the graduating companies, and their invited guests.
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM Entrepreneur Open House An Entrepreneur open house will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Invitations will target small business owners and other entrepreneurial minded individuals in the area. Attending representatives are from area economic development entities that focus on small business including the Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center at Del Mar College, micro lender Accion, area chambers of commerce, and economic development corporations.

Date Time Event Description
Thursday Oct, 3, 2013 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Business Plan Competition Kickoff The Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition will kick off its 4th year of competition in an event at the Innovation Center co-hosted by the Young Professional’s Organization. Teresa Rodriguez, President of the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will open the event that is now part of the Hispanic Chamber’s small business offerings. Several past winners of the competition will speak as will the committee chairperson, Dr. Steven Nix. Others attending will be members of the Young Business Professionals Organization, Business Plan competition committee board members, Innovation Center advisory board members, representatives from other sponsors of the Business Plan Contest (SBDC, CCREDC, Del Mar College, TAMU-CC, TAMUK). Invitations will go out to area small businesses through chambers of commerce and local business associations. Light snacks and soft drinks will be available.
06:00 PM -08:00 PM "Coastal Bend Shark Tank" The Innovation Center will host the first Coastal Bend Shark Tank event featuring 5 area entrepreneurs and their businesses. The five presenters are: Inner Geo, Hydro Enviro Clean, Ergo Voice, Scor Golf, and Hi Pheels. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes each with 5 minutes for questions from the audience. In addition to those in attendance at the Business Plan Competition meeting above, invitations will be sent out to individuals in the area that have demonstrated an interest in fostering the growth of new businesses in this area.