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Pinellas County Economic Development
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Choose The Accelerated Entrepreneurial Training
That’s Right for You!
Fast Trac / Tech Venture
If you:
  • Desire to build a high growth technology venture
  • Have an idea to bring emerging technology products or services to market
  • Favor peer-to-peer and self-directed learning
  • Envision yourself working with mentors
  • Require access to experts in the Tampa Bay technology venture community

"TechVenture really helped put us on the right track. We strengthened a number of key relationships in the Tampa Bay technology venture community, and that is making a real difference in our success."
Jordan Salamone,
Partner at Internet Podcasting Network
To register contact Kurt Forster at
(727) 464-8113
If you:
  • Want to start a small business or grow an existing business
  • Need to test the feasability of your business concept
  • Wish to complete an appropriate business plan
  • Enjoy networking with other entrepreneurs
  • Prefer a structured curriculum with everything in one place
"I would not be where I am without the NxLevel class. Before taking the class, I had no idea how to get started. I knew what I wanted to do, but the NxLevel class showed me how; and I continue to use the lessons I learned in the class 6 years later."
Regina Invandino, Owner of
Cappuccino’s Bakery Café in Dunedin
To register contact Kurt Forster at
(727) 464-8113
TechVenture Series
Two-Day Event
TechVenture is a mentoring and peer-to-peer training program created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to help early stage technology entrepreneurs build their ideas into successful high-growth business ventures. TechVenture is unlike other entrepreneurship training programs, not just because it focuses on technology entrepreneurship, but because it is a networking and coaching experience more than a seminar or classroom experience. The emphasis is not on writing a business plan as much as connecting technology entrepreneurs to the best resources available in our community. Pinellas County Economic Development is recruiting both early stage and experienced technology entrepreneurs to participate in the FastTrac® TechVenture Program as key participants and mentors.


NxLeveL Business Start-Up Course
NxLeveL™ training is a nationally recognized course designed for people who want to start a business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept. Participants develop a business plan which acts as the blueprint for their start-up or expansion.
This series combines the traditional pieces of a NxLeveL™ curriculum in an accelerated format with the business assistance resources of the Pinellas County Business Development Center. Participants will receive:
  • Course textbook and NxLeveL™ Workbook/Resource Guide
  • Additional online support materials from NxLeveL™
  • Contact with a network of entrepreneurs and professionals
  • Access to sample business plans
  • Personal support and free business counseling
Pinellas County Economic Development
13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200 Clearwater, Florida 33760
Phone 888-759-5627 Fax 727-464-7053