Wednesday night's MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast featured several panelists discussing the economic implications of technology, including Thea Chase, managing director of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

adVentures in Telluride – A Talk with Thea Chase of TVA

Do you want to know more about how to get funding, how to write business plans and how to communicate and lead a team as an entrepreneur? Curious to know more about venture accelerator programs? On the latest Intrepid Entrepreneur, Kristin talks with Thea Chase, executive director of the Telluride Venture Accelerator program, where she answers all of these questions and dishes even more! Chase’s vast background in entrepreneurial accelerator programs will have you wanting to take notes and seek out your nearest accelerator network. Her work with and for entrepreneurs is like no other – so turn up the volume and be prepared for another inspiring interview with the Intrepid Entrepreneur! Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe…

Thea Chase has built an amazing career focus in business development with a specialty in incubation and entrepreneurial education. She is the Director of the Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA), located in Telluride, Colo. I have the honor of serving Thea and her organization as a Mentor for TVA and I’ve been so impressed with her vision around entrepreneurial education. Listen in today to hear Thea’s one-of-a-kind perspective on entrepreneurial incubation. TVA is a member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and a mentor-driven seed accelerator.

TVA is a recent recipient of the US Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator award 1 of 50 chosen to receive this award in the US.

Among Chase’s many other achievements, she was instrumental in the founding of several entrepreneurial endeavors in California at Cal Poly Tech – initiating student accelerators programs in conjunction with bringing the Small Business Development Center to the school. Entrepreneurs have flown in from all over the world to partake in the TVA program – launching their businesses, participating in workshops and finding investors for their ideas. Chase’s vast knowledge on entrepreneurship continues to astound – listen in as we delve deep into the heart of the accelerator programs and what they can do for you! This is a must listen if you’re a motivated entrepreneur (which I know you ARE!).


Bravery in Business Quote:

“Develop with the customer. It’s about listening, seeing what’s out there and talking to customers as you’re developing your product. This will get you to a much more successful outcome. You have to be willing to potentially change and adapt so you can see where that better opportunity might be.”

Habit for Success?

Being adaptable. Being willing to change and evolve and be nimble.

Pivot Moment?

Realizing at the start of the 2015 co-hort that a much larger focus on teaching entrepreneurs in residence how to lead and communicate effectively with teams.

Coolest Expansion Idea:

This is tied to the Pivot Moment. … Leadership training for the CEO – which was a bigger focus this year – and it includes training on communication skills. It’s critically important to have a strong CEO to really make sure that their team is working well together and be the leaders.

Peter Diamandis’ – Bold.

BaziFit –
The Dyrt –
Travel Recon –
Mountain Drones – read more about them, here.
ProEditors – read more about them, here.
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