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About FastTrac®

FastTrac® is a comprehensive business planning program that addresses the needs of start-up entrepreneurs who are refining their business ideas, writing their business plans and seeking to grow sustainable high-impact companies.


The program offers customized curriculum for life sciences and tech companies and combines instruction from experienced business professionals with one-on-one business mentoring, peer learning, and ample tools to help entrepreneurs produce all the elements of an effective business.


One of our FastTrac® graduates, Scott Bublitz, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Exam Design, which was recently acquired by Pearson VUE. In an interview, Bublitz credits FastTrac® as a key factor in successfully growing his business.

FastTrac applications for Spring 2012 must be received by Friday, March 15, 2013. Registration is now closed.

Unable to get registered in time for class? We'll be running another session in the fall, and you're also invited to join CED's director of entrepreneurship, Jay Bigelow, at office hours - Tuesdays, 2-4 PM, at the CED offices in the American Underground, and Thursdays, 9-11:30 AM, at HUB Raleigh.

Contact: Jay Bigelow

Program Details

Thursday Afternoons, 4 PM - 7 PM

March 28, 2013 through May 30, 2013.

Location: HUBRaleigh, 711 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC

Fees and Registration

CED members pay $250 for the first company representative.

Non-members pay $450 (includes 1 year CED membership).

$50 for each additional company rep.

There is no application fee.


WEEK 1:Entrepreneurial Reality vs. Mindset
WEEK 2:(Split topics)
Tech track: Market Opportunity
Life science track: Scientific Opportunity
WEEK 3:Research and Analysis
WEEK 4:(Split topics)
Tech track: Go-to-Market Strategy
Life science track: Clinical Strategy
WEEK 5:Introduction to Financial Models and One-on-One CFO Sessions
WEEK 6:Building and Compensating Your Team
WEEK 7:Sources of Funding and Deal Structures
WEEK 8:Company Formation and Intellectual Property
WEEK 9:(Split Topics)
Tech track: Technology Review Panel
Life science track: Regulatory Strategy
WEEK 10:Final presentations and Graduation


Contact: Jay Bigelow

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