Lean Startup Revolutionizing How We Start a Business: Free Workshop for Teenage Entrepreneurs

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January 27, 2016

(El Paso, Texas) Workforce Solutions Borderplex is hosting a free entrepreneurship workshop for teens this Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Downtown Employment Workforce Center located at 300 East Main, El Paso, Texas 79901. The workshop will feature Eli Velasquez, Director of Venture Development with Texas Tech University, who will teach teens how to start up their own businesses, including concepts and an introduction to the key principles from the revolutionary lean startup model.

“The Lean Startup Workshop will build on the learnings of customer discovery.  It will teach teams how to interview customers and garner actual marketplace feedback.  Teams will be expected to get out into the community and conduct at least 25 customer interviews over a four-week period,” said Eli Velasquez, Director of Venture Development for Texas Tech.

The free workshop is targeted for high school students who want to compete in the upcoming state recognized, 7th Annual STEM Challenge Business Competition sponsored by the Hospitals of Providence.

“The STEM Challenge is the perfect program to reinforce this workshop, as high school students can be taught early on how to avoid the pitfalls of starting a new business using the Lean Startup principles,” added Velasquez.

To RSVP for the free workshop please contact Joseph Sapien, STEM Lead for Workforce  Solutions Borderplex at (915) 240-5571 or email at joseph.sapien@borderplexjobs.com.

More information about high school STEM competitions, go to: http://www.borderplexjobs.com/programs-and-services/stem


Eli Velasquez 

Venture Development
Office of Research Commercialization
Texas Tech University

Eli Velasquez is the Director of Venture Development within the Office of Research Commercialization at Texas Tech University.He supports all entrepreneurial, commercialization, and innovation initiatives within the University, and provides support, as necessary, across all campuses, which include Angelo State University, Texas Tech Health Sciences Centers, and the TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso.

In this role, he also serves as Managing Director of the Texas Tech New Ventures Accelerator, Managing Director of the SBIR/STTR Center, NSF I-Corps Instructor, and Executive Director of the

Lubbock Angel Network. During his first two-years at Texas Tech, he served as Director of the Greater West Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC) where he implemented a myriad of innovation initiatives that significantly advanced the entrepreneurial ecosystem in West Texas. The initiatives generated more than a $6M return in grant awards, follow-on funding, and sponsorships.

Prior to that, Mr. Velasquez served as Executive Director of Innovate El Paso, a non- profit organization that managed the El Paso RCIC. Through his tenure at Innovate El Paso, he helped six organizations access $9.5M from the Emerging Technology Fund, developed El Paso’s first technology business incubator, recruited El Paso’s first full- fledged patent firm, and launched one of only three applied entrepreneurship programs for women in Texas.

Upon returning to his native El Paso in 2005, he was the Technical Director for the Bi- National Sustainability Laboratory, an organization that promoted the commercialization of technology-based projects on the U.S.-Mexico border. He was responsible for developing commercialization and incubation programs, along with intellectual property awareness and protection strategies.

Before that, Mr. Velasquez worked for The Boeing Company in southern California, initially within Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) group where he was assigned as the youngest of Boeing's Responsible Engineers on the Delta Family of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles. In his last two years at Boeing, he worked as an Intellectual Property Consultant with Boeing's Intellectual Property Business (IPB) unit.

He is an international speaker and instructor. He obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and his J.D. degree with an Intellectual Property Certificate from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA.