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FastTrac NewVenture TechVenture GrowthVenture Alumni Stories Facilitators

FastTrac supports entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow their businesses through an intensive entrepreneurship education program.  SUNY Levin Institute delivers FastTrac in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services and Kauffman FastTrac Foundation. The NewVenture program, for aspiring entrepreneurs, is a seven-session full-day program, and FastTrac GrowthVenture, for business owners seeking growth, is an eight-session evening program. FastTrac TechVenture is a seven-session full-day program that leads technology entrepreneurs through an analytical process to understand what it takes to start, operate, fund and grow a technology or life sciences-based business.

Since 2009, Levin has served thousands of participants.  Of those completing programs, on average, 35% of NewVenture participants start a business within six months, 58% of GrowthVenture participants grow revenues and 15% of GrowthVenture participants hire additional people, according to surveys completed by the NYC Department of Small Business Services. The SUNY Levin Institute is a leader in  developing and supporting entrepreneurs.

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In her Plum Alley article, “Training for Entrepreneurs,” Carol Pak describes her exploration of entrepreneurship and how FastTrac NewVenture opened her eyes "to a world of creativity, possibility, and change."

Forbes articles by Geri Stengel highlight success stories of participants in the FastTrac GrowthVenture program at SUNY Levin Institute:

4 Ways A Small Company Differentiated Itself From The Big Boys, November 13, 2013

Shoot First, Aim Later: Not So Much When You're Scaling A Business, January 9, 2013

Sweet Smell of Success Comes with Help from Others, April 4, 2012

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"I always leave thinking differently about my business plan and its components."

"Great instructors—informative, friendly and dedicated to help us think critically and succeed in honing our ideas."

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