David Wedderburn: Sharpening Skills for the Future

David Wedderburn

Throughout my collegiate career, I have developed a passion for entrepreneurship. Being an entrepreneur provides you an immense amount of freedom, allowing you to assess problems and find accurate and sustainable solutions candidly. Entrepreneurship is more than only starting a business; it also encompasses a certain type of mentality and set of behaviors. Entrepreneurs are often described as equilibrium disrupters who introduce new products and processes that change the way we do things and redefine the status quo. In this profession, I can be autonomous and work on my own solution to a problem without being restricted to others’ business models, ideas, or viewpoints.

As a Tech Fellows member, I hope to gain hands-on experience and connections in entrepreneurship by working with incubator staff, startup companies, and experienced mentors. By engaging with business incubators like Tampa Bay Wave, Domi Station, and Orlando’s Starter Studios, I hope to gain professional skills that will enable me to thrive in my future career. Some of the professional skills that I aim to develop are presentation formatting, graphic designing, and video editing. I also aim to learn more about venture capital and gain real-world insight into the tech-startup industry. Similarly, I seek to sharpen my writing skills through the Tech Fellows program’s research opportunity. In our current climate, there are minimal opportunities to meet others face-to-face anymore. Since people have fewer chances to make a lasting impression in-person, one of the few remaining ways is to do it through email or LinkedIn. This has resulted in a higher need for clear, concise, and persuasive writing. At the end of my internship and research project, I aim to emerge as a better writer.

One of the key takeaways I am looking for this summer is a chance to start. An opportunity to “get my feet wet.” A chance to apply the skills I already have attained and develop the ones that can benefit me in both my professional and academic careers. 90% of businesses fail within the first two years. Having the opportunity to work hands-on with companies that are in the most critical stages in their lifetime would be invaluable. Working with Domi Station, Orlando’s Starter Studios, or Tampa Bay Wave would put me in an environment where I can learn how to minimize business risks while maximizing profit. However, before I can accomplish that, I also need guidance on gaining financial capital for my future businesses. These entrepreneurial ecosystem builders would also serve as a lane to attain the necessary funding to create a personal finance app or open a bookstore in my local community.

Furthermore, as a part of Tech Fellows, I plan to further improve my interpersonal
communication skills in a professional setting. A pivotal factor in succeeding in the
entrepreneurial world is not necessarily what you know or who you know, but who knows you. Thus, the main takeaway that I would like to have from being a part of the 2021 Tech Fellow Cohort is gaining the ability to network in a professional setting, allowing me to create connections that can guide me along my future entrepreneurial endeavors. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I never received the opportunity to assert myself in a professional setting. As a result, I have been left with unsharpened professional communication skills and a limited network.

The Tech Fellows Program grants me the opportunity to connect and converse with individuals in the beginning steps of their entrepreneurial ventures. This summer, I’ll not only gain access to potential resources, but I will gain access to potential mentors, colleagues, and friends. With the skills gained from my internship, I aim to help other low-income families understand the importance of personal finance and money management in their everyday lives. By participating in this program, I will have the opportunity to help run a business incubator while simultaneously cultivating my policy-based, qualitative research on the relationship between low-income families and money management skills.

fail within the first two years. Having the opportunity to work hands-on with companies that are in the most critical stages in their lifetime would be invaluable. Working with Domi Station, Orlando Starter Studios, or Tampa Bay Wave would put me in an environment where I can learn how to minimize business risks while maximizing profit. However, before I can accomplish that, I also need guidance on gaining financial capital for my future businesses. These entrepreneurial ecosystem builders would also serve as a lane to attain the necessary funding to create a personal finance app or open a bookstore in my local community.Furthermore, as a part of Tech Fellows, I plan to further improve my interpersonal communication skills in a professional setting. A pivotal factor in succeeding in the entrepreneurial world is not necessarily what you know or who you know, but who knows you. Thus, the main takeaway that I would like to have from being a part of the 2021 Tech Fellow Cohort is gaining the ability to network in a professional setting, allowing me to create connections that can guide me along my future entrepreneurial endeavors. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I never received the opportunity to assert myself in a professional setting. As a result, I have been left with unsharpened professional communication skills and a limited network. The Tech Fellows Program grants me the opportunity to connect and converse with individuals in the beginning steps of their entrepreneurial ventures. This summer, I’ll not only gain access to potential resources, but I will gain access to potential mentors, colleagues, and friends.With the skills gained from my internship, I aim to help other low-income families understand the importance of personal finance and money management in their everyday lives. By participating in this program, I will have the opportunity to help run a business incubator while simultaneously cultivating my policy-based, qualitative research on the relationship between low-income families and money management skills.

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