The Irvine Incubation Center (I2C) has been selected as the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute Training Center for the Western United States. Through the partnership, I2C will offer business seminars and workshops based on Cisco’s multimedia business modules, which the duo says will provide entrepreneurs and companies with the training needed to succeed in today’s economy.
“The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute complements the other free and low-cost services provided by I2C mentors and professional counselors,” said Bob Flack, managing director of the Irvine Incubation Center. “The I2C is creating a network of new and serial entrepreneurs, mentors and other professionals working in a productive, collaborative environment to help build business for the next economy.”
The I2C programs, based on Entrepreneur Institute modules, will cover such topics as entrepreneurial readiness, strategic growth and efficient management, among others. The workshops are expected to benefit about 100 local teams in the next year. Unlike traditional seminars held at the center, there will be a charge for Cisco’s programs. However, representatives from the I2C say they are working with leading companies and banks to provide scholarships to reduce the costs.
In addition to training Orange County business leaders, the center will also attract Cisco Entrepreneur Institutes’ leaders from across the Western United States, according to reps associated with the partnership.
“The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute is pleased to further our commitment to the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the U.S. by collaborating with the Irvine Incubation Center,” said Keven Warner, senior director, Cisco Entrepreneur Institute. “Successful entrepreneurs are the largest contributors to economic development and have the potential to be the greatest source of innovation and growth.”
Recognizing that the economy depends on the success of emerging growth companies, the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, UC Irvine and the city of Irvine, among other community groups, have supported this and other I2C developments. In a joint statement, the reps from both organizations said this move will help further the mission of the center to lower barriers to success and help innovative companies more quickly achieve their goals.
“We believe this will be a real asset to the entrepreneurship of Orange County,” said Chris Lynch, executive vice president of business development at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “It [the Cisco Entrepreneurship Institute Training Center] has been proven internationally. It will make our local businesses more recognized globally.”
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