Xcellr8 Innovation Cell

  • December 13, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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Our next XcellR8 meeting will be Thursday, December 13th - 8:00 am at Nerac.

XcellR8 sourced start up wisdom. That’s what Adam Boyajian and Mike Parelli are seeking.

Going well beyond the idea, business plan or prototype stage, this entrepreneurial duo launched a business during their senior year at UConn and ran it while attending class – literally generating backpacks full of cash in the process. Following a strong showing at the campus wide business plan competition, they were invited to assist with the Innovation Quest (iQ) rollout – and garnered a spot within the six week summer iQ accelerator as a result.

Following their iQ experience and now armed with a more informed approach, they began to craft a more rigorous and disciplined model of their business with a roll out and scale up in mind for the Fall of 2012. Many hours of market research, coupled with equally eye-opening insights driven by their financial model, resulted in some very appropriate and interesting pivots.

Today they’re 5th year interns assisting with the rollout of the ECIC. We’re fortunate to have them on our team. At my urging and invitation, they’ll share their compelling startup story, seeking your guidance, insight and feedback critical to the go/no go decision and next steps. If you’re an entrepreneurial mentor, as many of you who participate in XcellR8 are, I encourage you to join me, and please do come prepared to share and discuss your experiences and ideas with Adam and Mike.

I look forward to seeing you. Please let me know if you’ll be able to attend. Thx.



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