Keiretsu Entrepreneurship Academy coming to North Bay

Editor's note: Since the publication of this article, the launch of the first North Bay cohort of the Keiretsu Entrepreneurship Academy was postponed until March 5.

ROHNERT PARK -- Part of a continuing effort to serve as a catalyst for entrepreneurial programs in the North Bay, Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics has teamed up with the Keiretsu Forum to help bring the international angel investor group's entrepreneurship academy to the North Bay for the first time.

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The program, designed to teach participants how to strengthen their companies and draw the interest of investment capital, will launch with its first North Bay cohort at the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster on Dec. 18, said David Mosby, executive director and CEO of the program.

While the for-profit academy has been under way in Palo Alto for over three years, Mr. Mosby, who became executive director two years ago, said that the expansion to the North Bay was part of his greater vision to roll out quarterly courses in the Bay Area and beyond.

"There was a rapid emergence of interest," said Mr. Mosby. "What we're kicking off here is the first in a series of programs in the North Bay. ... We've had more people go through the cohorts this year than during the past three years."

Leaders at the business school pledged to find a home for the for-profit program after an informal meeting with Mr. Mosby at the North Bay Investor Summit in October.

[caption id="attachment_66385" align="alignright" width="150"] Bill Silver[/caption]

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