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New Startup Turns College Students into Entrepreneurs
FindProz.com is supporting local college students by turning them into tutors, music instructors, and athletic trainers. It is the creation of Tyler Pack, Abram Skidmore, and Dave Owen from the BYU Marriott School.
FindProz.com is a marketplace for private instruction. In a few minutes, anyone can launch a teaching business by creating a listing in the online directory. Instructors highlight their qualifications, post photos and videos of their talent, and indicate when they are available for private lessons. A student can schedule a lesson with a few clicks and the instructor pays a small fee to confirm the appointment and receive the student’s contact information.
The FindProz team partners with local businesses to advertise private instructors related to the products in the store, enabling customers to schedule private lessons at the checkout or on the store website. In the coming weeks, music and textbook retailers across Utah and Washington State will be advertising local music instructors and tutors, and FindProz plans to expand into sporting goods, outdoor, and hobby retailers in the coming months.
FindProz is less than a year old but has already made significant progress. They were one of ten companies selected for Boomstartup, a tech accelerator program that combines investment and intensive mentoring in a collaborative workspace. After receiving a strong response in Utah, FindProz expanded their operations to Seattle, Washington, competing in business plan competitions and building partnerships with local businesses. They won $50,000 and top honors at the Seattle Social Innovation Fast Pitch and placed as a fund finalist in the ZINO Society Consumer Products and Services Investment Forum.
The FindProz team has a goal of enabling thousands of college students to support themselves through school as part-time entrepreneurs by the end of 2012. “Students have so much talent but they don’t usually realize how much it is worth.” says Dave Owen, Co-founder. “I had an ‘ah-ha’ moment a few months ago when I was walking through the school cafeteria and I saw a friend of mine – a talented musician – flipping hamburgers to pay for school. We realized that if we could help people to tap into their talents, we could create thousands of jobs.”
For more information visit http://FindProz.com.
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FindProz is the marketplace for private instruction. We enable anyone to turn their talents into income. Tutors, music instructors, athletic trainers, and artisans can advertise their private lessons by creating a listing on FindProz.com.