Explore the entrepreneurial mindset with the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy
The Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (ELA) is a real-world immersion course for building new business ventures. Participants are encouraged to unleash their entrepreneurial mindset and develop critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and other business building skills. The course covers topics such as identifying good business opportunities, how to implement ideas into action, practical ways to build a brand, and more. Using the business model canvas, participants map out business plans and make them actionable through lean startup methods. Participants will also learn the art and science of the pitch while practicing good public speaking techniques. At the end of the course, participants are connected to various entrepreneurship resources around the region so they can continue to build successful companies.
The academy opened my eyes to a lot of opportunities in entrepreneurship available in the area. ... I am now trying to get this invention off the ground, it’s tough and fun at the same time. It’s not easy so you have to be sincere.
Raiford Smith, a retired United States Postal Service (USPS) employee who wanted to take what he learned in his years of service with USPS and transform it into an invention.
Register for classes online using the Thomas Nelson Workforce Development registration system.