American Dreams Academy

Date: January 24 - 26, 2018
Location:  Show map University of Tampa
401 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606
United States

The next American Dreams Academy will be held January 24-26 at The University of Tampa featuring an opening conversation with Randi Zuckerberg!

Unfortunately, due to the high demand, we are unable to accept applications from those who have attended a prior Academy or who work at the same business as someone who has already attended.

 HSN has come together with The University of Tampa’s John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, Sykes College of Business, to host quarterly academies across the United States as part of HSN’s American Dreams initiative.

The American Dreams Academy sponsored by Quirky, is an interactive, educational and experiential two-day scholarship only summit for emerging entrepreneurs looking to launch or expand their businesses. The third day of each Academy will be an open invitation for local entrepreneurs to pitch their product to a team of HSN and Quirky experts.

Academy overview:

HSN has come together with The University of Tampa’s John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, Sykes College of Business, to host quarterly academies across the United States as part of HSN’s American Dreams initiative.

The American Dreams Academy sponsored by Quirky, is an interactive, educational and experiential two-day scholarship only summit for emerging entrepreneurs looking to launch or expand their businesses. The third day of each Academy will be an open invitation for local entrepreneurs to pitch their product to a team of HSN and Quirky experts.

The Academy will consist of two (2) days (approximately 8 hours each day) of instructional, informational and educational materials to present to Entrepreneurs some basic concepts in the areas of manufacturing, legal, quality assurance, branding, marketing, pitching/presenting concepts, and social media. The Academy will have an optional third day for Entrepreneurs to present a product or idea to a panel of HSN experts. This third day will also be open to individuals who did not attend the Academy, but anyone who attended the Academy will be given preference. The Product Pitch Session is merely an opportunity to receive feedback and have a product reviewed with no guarantee of an HSN commitment. However, HSN reserves the right to offer any participant in the Product Pitch Sessions, with an opportunity to bring his/her business to HSN, and to present his/her product(s) to millions of households.

Application Criteria:

  • Individuals located in the United States who have developed or are in the process of developing a product or product line for retail (“Product”).
  • Entrepreneurs who only have an idea are also welcome to submit an application.
  • Annual financial receipts for the Product must not exceed $250,000.
  • Those who have attended a prior Academy are not eligible to apply or attend again.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older by January 24, 2018.
  • Must be a U.S citizen or legal resident of the United States.
  • A review committee will assess the applications to choose up to 100 applicants to attend the Academy.
  • Entrepreneurs selected to attend the Academy will be responsible for their own travel, accommodations and all other related expenses to attend the Academy.
  • There will be no other costs to attend.

Evaluation:

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for the American Dreams Academy is December 30, 2017. In accordance with the official rules, a review committee will assess the applications to determine up to a potential 80 applicants to attend the Academy.

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