Who lives in a Venture House?

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Who are our entrepreneurs?

Venture House entrepreneurs aspire to Build Farther Faster™! When they apply to Venture House, they already have a plan for growing a business in our community, and they’re already taking steps that will help them do that: classes at the St Pete Greenhouse; mentors from Tampa Bay Innovation Center; technology from USF Connect; events at Tampa Bay WaVE, St Pete Chamber; memberships at the Tampa Bay Technology Forum; participating in St Pete Sustainability Council or the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition or St Pete Makers. They probably have a business plan, an advisory board, some letters of intent or early investors or customers.

Venture House targets founders and strategic personnel who are key to growing the business and creating jobs. Their application clearly lays out how having a Venture House will help them, their co-founders and their business Build Farther Faster™. They can describe how they intend to grow their business and create jobs in the City – and how they’ll connect and participate in the community more broadly than just growing a business, and how they want to stay involved here long after their business succeeds.

And they know that a Venture House is an investment in them and their business much like an angel investor makes – a long-term commitment of a wide array of resources to maximize their chance of success. Residents also commit to utilizing their skills and connections to help each other, educate future generations of entrepreneurs, and give back to community organizations.

 
 
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Who are our artists?

Venture House artists are working professionals in the visual, performing, literary and media arts, ready to get to the next level in their careers. When they apply to Venture House, they already have a plan for growing artistically and professionally in our community, and they’re already taking steps that will help them do that: advanced classes at USF, the Morean Arts Center, Duncan McClellan Glass, private instructors; business classes at the St Pete Greenhouse; mentors from American Stage, the Museum of Fine Arts, or the Florida Orchestra; events at Studio@620, the Dali Museum, Freefall Theater or the St Pete Chamber; memberships with the St Pete Arts Alliance or the Warehouse Arts District Association; teaching classes or giving lessons in local schools and community programs.

They have a plan for developing their career, marketing themselves and their work, and succeeding in the business of the arts. They have the support of seasoned professionals in their field who know they’re on a path to great things. Their application clearly lays out how having a Venture House will help them and their arts career Build Farther Faster™. They can describe how they intend to grow artistically and professionally and enhance the cultural, social and economic life of the City – and how they’ll connect and participate in the community more broadly than just growing personally, and how they want to stay involved here long after their career takes off.

And they know that a Venture House is an investment in them much like a passionate patron makes – a long-term commitment of a wide array of resources to maximize their chance of success. Venture House asks artists to give back by contributing in ways appropriate to their field, perhaps a piece to decorate the next Venture House, or a poem or a piece of music to celebrate a Venture House dedication. Residents also commit to utilizing their skills and connections to help each other, educate future generations of artists, and give back to community organizations.