Replicating Success: ZAVANTA® Software Helps University of Miami’s Launch Pad Clone Successful Venture Coaching Program

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The University of Miami's Nationally Recognized Entrepreneurial Resource Center, The Launch Pad, Recently Credited COMPROSE’s Zavanta® Software With Helping Them Rapidly Clone the Best Practices of Their Highly Effective Venture Coaching Program So Others Can Replicate Its Success. Using Zavanta, Launch Pad Staff Captured Their Unique Operations Guidelines and Best Practices in a Way That Is Easy to Understand, Train and Share. The Launch Pad Has Already Spawned Two Successful Spin Offs In Recent Months—at Wayne State University and Walsh College In the Detroit Area—and Is Attracting Interest From Universities Nationwide Seeking to Foster Entrepreneurship and New Job Creation.

Replicating Best Practices isn't just a pipe dream

Zavanta really saved our staff’s time ... We were able to rapidly capture our unique operating procedures, guidelines and best practices in a consistent, user-friendly way that other programs can easily adopt and replicate.

When you’ve developed a winning system that’s getting great results, it’s time to clone it and multiply your success. That’s just what COMPROSE’s Zavanta software recently helped The University of Miami’s nationally recognized entrepreneurial resource center, The Launch Pad, achieve. Zavanta played an integral role in The Launch Pad’s successful initiative to clone and license its innovative Venture Coaching program which helps students explore and launch new ventures while they are still in school before they have mortgages and full-time jobs. By offering practical “just in time” skills training and mentoring, The Launch Pad has become a magnet for students who want to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. In just two years, it received nearly 500 venture ideas from students and alumni resulting in 45 new businesses formed. This track record of success, especially in this climate of shrinking jobs and high unemployment, makes The Launch Pad’s program a perfect candidate for cloning.

According to Launch Pad Fellow, Jessica Covell, “We had 10 staff associates and program Fellows involved in documenting all aspects of the program using Zavanta software, everything from ‘How to Run a Launch Pad Program’ to ‘Best Practices for Venture Coaching.’ Zavanta really saved our staff’s time and helped us meet our rollout and training deadlines. We were able to rapidly capture our unique operating procedures, guidelines and best practices in a consistent, user-friendly way that other programs can easily adopt and replicate.” The effort has already spawned two successful spinoffs in recent months—at Wayne State University and Walsh College in the Detroit area—and is attracting interest from universities nationwide seeking to foster entrepreneurship and new job creation.

Replicating and standardizing best practices is a cornerstone of the COMPROSE Streamlined Business™ philosophy and Operations Mapping™ method. “Having benefited ourselves from entrepreneurial support programs in our early days, we’re especially proud to partner with The Launch Pad to help them expand their successful program to entrepreneurs nationwide,” says COMPROSE VP of Marketing, Teresa Tarwater. “We are all about helping organizations succeed by capturing and communicating good systems that are clear, repeatable, easy to teach, easy to change. A good system encapsulates everything about how your organization does business. It’s a single roadmap for managing day-to-day operations, for training, and for regulatory compliance. Replicating 'good systems' is the surest path to growth whether you’re just starting out or established and ready to grow.”

About The Launch Pad: The Launch Pad opened in August 2008 as part of the Toppel Career Center and offers career guidance, resources, and advice to entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors at the University of Miami. One basic goal of The Launch Pad is to show University of Miami students and alumni that starting a new venture is a legitimate career path. A second key goal is to encourage every UM student who wants to start a new venture - either for-profit or not for profit - to do so in South Florida and thereby contribute to the economic and social growth of our region. The Launch Pad is the first college entrepreneurship program in the country that is offered as part of the University’s career center. For more information visit http://thelaunchpad.org.

About COMPROSE: Since 1987 COMPROSE, Inc. has worked with hundreds of organizations to streamline and significantly improve their operations. Through The Streamlined Business Program, COMPROSE puts the right kind of structure, controls, and training systems into organizations that enable them to streamline business processes, train employees faster, and standardize operations. Zavanta is a specialized software tool that enables anyone to design, capture, and communicate clear business systems, processes, policies and operating procedures. COMPROSE hosts a series of informational blogs about systemizing operations, corporate training, and policy and procedure development. For more information visit http://www.comprose.com

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