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Gateway Venture Mentoring Service and UMSL-ITE roll out FlipZone; Unique Training Program Helps Small Businesses Scale Up

Gateway Venture Mentoring Service (GVMS) in collaboration with University of Missouri Saint Louis’s – Innovative Technology Enterprises (ITE), announces the roll out of FlipZone, a unique training program for small, entrepreneurial businesses, looking to grow!  FlipZone is supported by a grant from Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC).

FlipZone is a comprehensive, hands-on training program. It combines video-based instruction, peer mentoring, and classroom facilitation. The curriculum was designed by seasoned experts for established, small businesses looking to expand. Its pragmatic approach consists of nine interactive modules that walk entrepreneurs through the business life cycle, from planning through execution. Each participating entrepreneur will successfully build a customized 1-3 year roadmap for evolving their business.

FlipZone gets its name from the Flip Classroom Model where the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, and discussions.

The FlipZone program is spread over 20 weeks with a new module every two weeks that proceeds step by step to establish a comprehensive plan for growth and evolution. During the first week of each module, participating companies will receive online video instruction and homework. During the second week, they will meet with other non-competing companies to present their efforts and participate in peer mentoring, decision making, and strategic planning.

FlipZone is developed by GatewayVMS and ITE and is co-sponsored by MTC.

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About GatewayVMS: Gateway Venture Mentoring Service is one of the oldest business mentoring organizations in St. Louis, having mentored more than 300 entrepreneurial ventures over the past 10 years. It provides free business mentoring, including legal, accounting, and marketing specialties. It is an affiliate of the proven MIT team mentoring model, the very first of 60 affiliates internationally.

About UMSL-ITE: University of Missouri Saint Louis provides incubation facilities for early stage companies needing wet lab or office space.  ITE offers high quality lab, office and meeting space, and access to GVMS mentoring and campus-based services.  Since its launch in 2008, ITE has been an early home to a number of local lab-based companies that continue to thrive here in Saint Louis.