Junto: Learning & Entrepreneurship

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Junto, Learning, & Entrepreneurship

Junto has changed my view towards life. For those of you who don't know what Junto is, I will briefly explain.

Greg Warnock, Venture Partner at vSpring Capital, has joined Alan Hall, CEO of MarketStar and Partner in Grow Utah Ventures, to help fund young entrepreneurs. In the beginning, 80-100 applicants from across the state submit their resumes to Greg. From there, he narrows the number to 20 and invites them to participate in an 8-week "journey." This journey consists of the following: attending a 4-hour class once/week (taught by Greg), organizing a service project, raising $5k, putting on a networking activity, and participating in a selling competition. In the end, the top 5 participants are selected and given some seed capital to embark on any business idea that they chose.

While the funding is definitely helpful, it's the instant network that is most valuable. My partners (Ryan Coombs, Justin Bergener, Chad Blodgett, and Joe Grover) are amazingly talented -- I learn from their strengths each and every day. In addition, Greg has rallied together 30+ of the most successful businessmen/women to be "Junto Mentors"; and they are committed to helping us succeed.

Since the day I was selected as a Junto Partner, I have had the time of my life! While it is not easy to be an entrepreneur, I have enjoyed the learning experience that it has provided. Everyday there are new challenges to undertake. Everyday, I have learned a valuable lesson that will help me in the future.

So there you have it....Junto, Learning, & Entrepreneurship!


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