'Startup Factory' series offers permanent competitive advantage for budding entrepreneurs

Appalachian State University's TI Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) will once again host the Startup Factory -- a 10-part series that teaches and promotes an entrepreneurial mindset -- for Fall 2022.

Your mindset is the lens that you use to interpret the world around you. An entrepreneurial mindset enables you to recognize opportunities, think like an innovator, see the world from multiple perspectives, and get things done. An entrepreneurial mindset helps you build insight and achieve results. 

"Give the CFE team one hour for 10 weeks, and we will change the way you engage with the world," said program coordinator Sara Figlow. "You will have a permanent competitive advantage in everything that comes next."

The dates and subjects are as follows. All events will be held in the CFE, 2018 Peacock Hall. 

Intro to the CFE

Tuesday, September 6 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The CFE instills an entrepreneurial mindset and provides mentorship to help you achieve your own compelling goals.

What does that mean and what do we do?


Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where do good business ideas come from and what problems are you uniquely positioned to solve? 

Let’s find out.


Tuesday, September 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Your life is the sum of all your choices.  

Choose wisely.


Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

You say problem. I say opportunity.

Observe, evaluate, experiment, adapt.


Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

There are no biological incentives to do nothing. Put your ideas into action.

Go ahead.  Do it.


Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

What problems do you want to solve and what knowledge do you need to solve them? 

Let’s go get it.


Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Learn to leverage existing resources to achieve your goals.


Tuesday, November 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

80% of success is showing up. Build a reputation as someone others can count on.

Do what you say you will do.


Tuesday, November 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Learn the power of a network for guidance and support.

Give a little. Get a little.

Over and over again.


Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Determination is the fundamental difference between success and failure. Pivot, adjust, adapt, but never give up. 

The end.


The events are open to all community members with no fee to attend. 

Learn more about CFE programs at entrepreneurship.appstate.edu/programs or email Sara Figlow, entrepreneurship@appstate.edu, with questions.

About Appalachian’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship

The Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship at Appalachian State University was founded in 2006 and is housed within the university’s Walker College of Business. The center helps Appalachian students — regardless of major — faculty, staff and alumni conceive, develop, incubate and launch new business ventures, turning their ideas into reality. In 2011, the center was rebranded to include Transportation Insight in its name to acknowledge a $1 million gift that enabled the center’s renovation, as well as 10 years of funding. Transportation Insight is a nationally recognized third-party logistics (3PL) company specializing in supply chain management. Learn more at entrepreneurship.appstate.edu.

'Startup Factory' series offers permanent competitive advantage for budding entrepreneurs
Published: Aug 4, 2022 10:41am