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The Startup Roadmap: Defining and Validating Your Idea
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Have you fully defined your startup business idea and confirmed that it’s feasible?

In this module of the Startup Roadmap,  you’ll define your business idea in more detail by completing SCORE’s “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” program.

If you already have skills and experience in the industry you’re planning to enter, you may think this step is unnecessary. However, being an employee in an industry or excelling at a hobby is very different from starting a business in that industry or turning that hobby into a business.

The “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” program includes five parts, and it will help you transition from “having an idea” to “having a plan.”

You’ll test the feasibility of your business idea by researching industry data, customer data, financial projections, possible funding sources, and other information. You'll have a sample feasibility plan to use as a guide and get an overview of all the elements involved in starting a business. 

After completing this module of The SCORE Startup Roadmap, be sure to view some of our other chapters:

The SCORE Startup Roadmap outlines every step in starting a business. Work with your mentor to help you reach your goal. They can be your experienced tour guide, not just for the startup journey, but for the life of your business.

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The Startup Roadmap: Finding Funding
In this module of the Startup Roadmap, you’ll assess how much money you can contribute and how much you’ll need to get from outside sources for your startup.
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