The Don Ryan Center focuses on creating a vibrant entrepreneurial business climate within the region through economic development emphasizing organic, sustainable growth. Our goal is to enhance the economic vitality, diversity, and dynamism of the region. LAUNCH is a 10-week educational boot camp where our Innovators learn critical operational skills from our staff and Industry leaders. Innovators are provided with homework assignments to make sure they are understanding what steps they need to take in order to grow their business. The topics taught in this intensive program deal with, but are not limited to, marketing and sales, lean canvas, competitive advantage, milestones for a lean start-up, value proposition, funding strategy, industry analysis, pitching and how to present, technical readiness, value chain analysis and even media training. There are several sessions in which finance is taught from business creation, growth, funding opportunities and financial strategies.