The Accelerated Entrepreneur

Application form and fee check in hand, as I closed the car door on my 2001 Honda Civic, smoothed my Belk’s skirt, and walked toward the entrance of high-tech business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks, I felt as if I were wearing a Chanel suit, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw heels, and striding along Wall Street.

I was getting ready to do a deal that could accelerate my business like TORC’s magical car in the DARPA Challenge.

In the very first post of Inside VT KnowledgeWorks, I wrote about the power of dreams.  Over the next seven months, as I wrote about VT KnowledgeWorks member companies, entrepreneurship, and the local high-tech economy, I realized I had powerful dreams, too.

As I have observed over and over again, Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, has an uncanny ability to sense what people want before they’ve quite put it into words.

Jim sent me this VT KnowledgeWorks Business Acceleration Services description with an invitational, "Would you consider?…"

As I studied the list of services, I got the same feeling I did during Daryl Scott’s demo of AttaainCI.

I gotta have that.

And that and that.

On June 16, 2008, the date of my first wedding anniversary and my parents’ fifty-third, I applied to become a member company of VT KnowledgeWorks

My application was accepted. 

I begin a wild and crazy adventure.

My plan, Dear Reader, is to take you with me.

Do you have powerful dreams?

Have you always wanted to start your own business, to be an entrepreneur?  Do you have a business idea you’ve thought of running by Jim Flowers at VT KnowledgeWorks but hesitated?

Have you dreamed of never, ever being an entrepreneur but wanted a peek inside the process?

In The Accelerated Entrepreneur:  The Saga of Anne Giles Clelland’s First Year as an Accelerated High-Tech Entrepreneur at VT KnowledgeWorks, a series of blog posts on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks, I’ll share my entrepreneurial adventure story.

If anything I write over the next year helps readers decide what to do with their powerful ideas–whether to pursue them or let them go or to do something else entirely–I will feel deeply gratified.

Anne Giles Clelland is the President and/or CEO (she has always wondered what the difference is–now she’ll learn) and founder of a yet-unnamed member company of business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.


  1. As President/CEO of your own small business, you'll be intimately involved in everything from the ground up … which as an entrepreneur like yourself, is EXACTLY what you're suited to do!

    Congratulations, Anne!

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