Are you a game developer with an idea for a business? Do you want to learn the steps for starting asuccessful game developing business? International Game Developers Association, in partnershipwith NTEC, has developed and is hosting Game Developers Boot Camp.All sessions will be held from 4 – 6 pm at NTEC Conference Center for current and future GameDevelopers to get an inside look on how to start and manage a business.NTEC Conference Center 6179 Research Road Frisco, TX 75034For more information please contact Larry Calton at LCalton@NTEC-inc.org orMyke Sanders at Myke_Sanders@att.net
Boot Camp Kick-Off – So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur FREE Session!
November 14, 2012 4 – 6 pm
You are independent game developer considering the launch of your own business…where do you start and what do you do next? The North Texas Enterprise Center, a 10 year old business incubator accelerator and the International Game Developers Association – Dallas Chapter, have teamed up to deliver the Game Developers Boot Camp Series. Join us for this FREE session that will overview all the topics for session to come straight from mouths of the successful business men and women who started right where you are.
Business Formation, Intellectual Property Protection, and Business Law 101 –Start With the End in Mind
January 23, 2013 4 – 6 pm
When addressing legal matters such as business formation and partnering, start with the end in mind. In other words, where do you see your business in 5 years and what kind of funding, operations, staffing,partnering, etc. will be required to get it there? In this first program in the GDBC series, join us to hear from a panel of legal experts who will provide guidance on how to choose the proper legal entity and set it up, how and when to protect your intellectual property, what to watch out for when hiring and firing employees, and what to consider when entering into contracts and agreements.
The Business Plan and Investor Presentation – The Road to Success
February 6, 2013 4 – 6 pm
All successful businesses got that way by having a well thought out and well executed plan. Remember the old saying “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there”. A well developed plan is step one, step two is securing the funding needed to make your plan a reality. In the second program in our GDBC series you will learn about the key components of a business plan and receive helpful tools for plan development. You will also learn how to prepare and deliver a concise, informative and effective investor presentation to help you secure funding for your business.Game Developers (GDBC) Overview Brought to you by:Place holder for NTEC logo
Financing Your Business – Fuel for Business Growth
February 20, 2013 4 – 6 pm
Growing a successful business takes funding. Depending on your business plan, that funding may come from your own resources, friends and family, angel investors and family offices, seed funds, and venture capital firms. Fund raising can be a long and difficult process but if done right, with proper planning and preparation, you can reduce the time required while increasing your likelihood of success. In the third program of our GDBC series investors and entrepreneurs will guide you on how to estimate the amount of funding needed for your business, how to determine the type and structure your financing round, and what to expect after you receive funding.
Selling Your Game – Sales and Marketing
March 6, 2012 4 – 6 pm
In this session, we will explore how to determine your target audience, and how to identify their needs and wants in connection with your game. We will walk through the process of communicating the value of your product through positioning to customers. This session goes through the process of creating, delivering and communicating value to your customers, and managing customer relationships in ways that benefit your organization. With the boom in the volume of mobile games, a market strategy is essential for success. The freemium, in game purchases,and flat game price business model will also be covered to help you determine what is best for your game.
Technical Resources and Infrastructure
March 20, 2013 4 – 6 pm
This session will cover the technology you will need to develop your game. It will cover hardware including databases, computers, and smart phones, along with the graphical and system development tools necessary to build a game. Experts will be on hand to discuss which ones are best suited for your project. Vendors will also be on hand to talk about their products and places to get training to use their tools.
Business Administration – Taking Care of the “Back Office”
April 3, 2013 4 – 6 pm
Business administration is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when you ask an entrepreneur about their business. However, neglecting the administrative side of your emerging company will hamper fund raising, expose you to liability and financial loss, negatively impact your product and customer service, and eventually contribute to business failure. In the fourth program in our GDBC series, we will discuss the key aspects of business administration including setting up bank accounts, financial accounting and reporting, insurance, vendor management, operations management, governance, and human resources.
Game Developers Career Day
April 17, 2013 4 – 6 pm
Come join us for this invaluable panel of experienced, successful game development company executives discussing their educational and career paths and providing insights into what they are looking for in college graduates and the skill sets they feel are most important to becoming a successful game developer. You can’t afford to miss this one!
For more information, please contact Larry Calton at LCalton@NTEC-inc.org or Myke Sanders at Myke_Sanders@att.net