Written by Will Robinson, Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal
Early-stage startups are invited to PS27 Venture's fourth annual Leadership Week, an intensive and hands-on training in leadership development, Nov. 6 through 9 at the University of North Florida.
The event has already attracted more than 30 participants from about 10 companies and will close its registration Oct. 20. Training focuses on the leadership abilities of founders and key team members in areas including emotional intelligence, communication, planning and even personal wellness.
Jim Stallings, managing partner of PS27, said that in the last five years of local investing in early-stage companies, he's learned that 70 percent of a company's probability of success is determined by a founder's personal skills - adaptability, communication skills and the like. That is why the training event focuses on developing these skills.
"I want (participants) to walk away from this realizing that they have a lot of control over their destinies," Stallings said. "The strongest asset they can have is leadership."
The training series asks a lot of its participants, Stallings warned. Participants are expected to complete assignments before the week begins, then participate in work sessions, pitch competitions and more from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. during Leadership Week. The event ends with a Shark Tank-like pitch competition in front of three investors and an audience, followed by a keynote address by Web.com President and CEO David Brown.
Participants are encouraged to enter as a team. The program costs $250 for an individual or $500 for a team of any size. Interested entrepreneurs can apply at http://www.ps27ventures.com/leadershipweek/.