HSN Prepares American Dreams Academy

HSN and the University of Tampa’s John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, Sykes College of Business, are preparing the next American Dreams Academy— an interactive, educational and hands-on two-day experience for emerging entrepreneurs— which will be held in Cincinnati.

In partnership with Cintrifuse, the event will be held at Union Hall, the region’s hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

“In Cincinnati, the state of Ohio, and across the heartland of the U.S., small businesses play a crucial role in building communities and local economies. We are bringing HSN’s third academy to Cincinnati with programs designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs with tools, training and networks to help them take a great idea and bring it to life,” said Suzanne Quigley, director of corporate responsibility for Qurate Retail Group, HSN’s parent company.

The scholarship-based academy, sponsored by Quirky and SLC Group Holdings, will take place in Cincinnati on August 15-16, with an optional third day for entrepreneurs to pitch their products in front of HSN, the University of Tampa, and the sponsors.

The University of Tampa, in partnership with HSN, has developed a curriculum that includes courses across categories, including: Thinking Like an Entrepreneur: Mindset, Vision and Strategy; Money Matters: Accounting and Financing Your Business; Risk Mitigation: Legal and Tax Issues; Product Issues: Securing a Patent, connecting with big brands and licensing options; Manufacturing and Distribution; Quality Assurance; Defining and Acquiring Customers; Customer Discovery: Branding, Marketing, Research; Perfecting Your Pitch.

The academy is a key component of HSN’s American Dreams initiative, a program designed to tap into the discovering of new entrepreneurs, while collaborating with strategic partners to find, educate and train inventors as they bring their products to market.

All applicants to the program must have a product or business concept in development or established in order to participate.