ARE YOU A STUDENT WITH AN IDEA FOR A STARTUP, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN?
These students have been there. And so has the author, Courtney. That’s why she compiled The Student Startup Guide, a collection of advice-filled stories from student founders. The book demystifies the process of starting a company while in college and makes entrepreneurship approachable for students.
“I wish I had a book like this when I started my company in college. I spent so many hours learning about the process, and I feel this book would have saved me so much time!”
— Josh Aviv, Certified Data Scientist
and Founder & CEO of SparkCharge
Incorporates stories and practical advice from other students who have been there, done that.
Represents diversity in student background, university size/type, college major, geography, gender, race, and company industry/stage.
Includes access to a list of resources that student founders have usedto find success—saving you countless hours searching for the rightresource to help grow your company.
Provides a feeling of community with other student founders.
Offers confidence that you can do it!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
This book is written by 30 experts in student entrepreneurship. They’re highly qualified and distinguished in their fields. Because they’re actually student founders. This book isn’t just one person’s opinion about student entrepreneurship. It’s a collection of real-life experiences on how students overcame challenges, beat the odds, and started something amazing.
“There is a serious lack of resources for student-founders. The culmination of real stories, guides, and resources included in this book are priceless. This book is something worth investing in not only for yourself, but for your business from the start.”
— Katarina Samardzija, CEO and Founder of Locker Lifestyle
Grand Valley State University
“As Co-Founder and Chairman at Techstars, I’ve met thousands of student founders over the last fifteen years. But starting a company in college isn’t easy, and until now, nobody has truly captured that experience. Sometimes the best way to gain confidence and learn how to do something is to hear from others who’ve already done it. This book does just that! The stories in The Student Startup Guide will motivate and inspire you—you have what it takes!”
— David Cohen
Co-Founder and Chairman at Techstars
Courtney met her co-authors through her work with Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. When she started a company in college, she wished she had a resource to guide her on her startup journey. When she met these students, she knew she had found the solution: To share their stories.
Courtney has developed and managed programs that help entrepreneurs succeed for nearly a decade. She started this work after spending 8 years with the startup she founded in college. Courtney has worked locally in Northeast Ohio where she is based, at Techstars as the Director for the LaunchPad student entrepreneurship network, and at Techstars as a Director on the Ecosystem team. Today, Courtney continues her work supporting founders as Startup Community Lead at AWS. Courtney is passionate about helping student founders everywhere and compiled this book so every student can have the confidence to start something amazing.
WHY A BOOK FOR STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS?
When I was a sophomore in college I decided to enter a pitch competition. I had no idea how to start a company. I also didn’t know any other students on my campus that were starting a company. I spent countless hours searching for answers and scrambling to find resources.
I think it’s time to change that.
This book will answer questions like: