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You Have The Idea. We Have The Experience

Most entrepreneurs are smart.  Really smart.  They have deep industry experience, and they know how to drive innovation with new products and new markets.  The challenge is building a venture that will last - a venture that is profitable, scalable, and sustainable.

Don't go it alone.  Get your competitive edge with TEN - The Entrepreneurs Network.

TEN will give your all the information you need to develop a winning growth strategy, and then connect you with the resources needed to make it happen.  TEN coaches are experts in business development, sales and marketing integration, business financial models, and operations.  And TEN instructors are leaders who themselves have built successful companies.

You'll Learn What You Need to Succeed

Entrepreneurs who are accepted pay for an experience TEN alumni have described as "an Executive MBA - on steroids!" 

More importantly, TEN participants gain a network of business and technical experts who can help them avoid pitfalls and seize opportunities as soon as they arise.

TEN Boot Camps include:

Building Blocks in Marketing, Sales, Finance and Leadership

Growth Strategies and Resources to Execute

Creating Successful Entrepreneurs

Developing Effective Sales and Investor Presentations

And Success Means Growth that Counts

TEN is for startups who are commercializing scientific breakthroughs and new technologies, and small businesses who can scale by tapping new markets or expanding their product portfolios.  This focus on growth potential drives powerful peer-to-peer learning, and leads to real-world success stories.

More than 350 TEN alumni show exceptional increases in their firms' growth and performance:

Revenues - 20% have revenues over $1 million, and 16% have revenues of $5 million or more.

Capital - 16% raised $50,000 to $250,000 and 22% raised more than $250,000.

Jobs - More than half of TEN alumni are hiring.

The Entrepreneurs Network is one of Upstate New York's fastest growing initiatives designed to bolster economic growth.  TEN serves a regional audience spanning Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca, capturing the best and brightest minds in Upstate New York.  It's a proven program designed specifically to help you - the entrepreneur.

TEN Contact

Jean Kase is the executive director of The Entrepreneurs Network and plays a strategic role for Monroe County/COMIDA and High Tech Rochester, connecting people and resources in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She has recruited and served more than 300 founders and senior managers of startups and small businesses throughout Upstate New York.

Rooted in the Rochester community, she previously served as vice president of public affairs for the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, representing 2,100 member firms in government matters affecting the regional business climate.  In this capacity, she advised CEO’s on legislative and political issues.  Key successes included coordinating the Common Sense Medicaid Coalition estimated to save Monroe County $47 million in 2007, organizing grassroots business and editorial support to facilitate enactment of broad-based and targeted tax relief packages – saving employers $2 billion since 1995.

In forging greater collaboration between The Chamber and Small Business Council of Rochester, Jean Kase launched the area’s first CEO Roundtable program in 1990 and grew the program to more than 150 members.  She also managed the Start-Up Resource program which connected emerging firms with mentors from successful companies.

She also led the region's Department of Defense Procurement Technical Assistance Center from 2003 to 2005, and was asked by the County Executive to support the Monroe County Finger Lakes PTAC from 2007 to 2016, after it transitioned from The Chamber to Monroe County.  PTAC clients generally report winning more than $30 million in contracts each year from government agencies and prime contractors.

Jean Kase is an active investor in the Rochester Angel Network (RAN,) comprised of 85 accredited investors and serves as a judge for several regional business plan competitions.  She provides clients with advocacy, business development and project management services.  She earned her undergraduate degree at St. John Fisher College and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.