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STUDENT REVIEWS


"Course offers up invaluable information in a compelling way."

- Startup Ignition Nail Student, 2017

"So many entrepreneurs do it wrong. SI teaches how to build a business the right way."

- Startup Ignition Nail Graduate, 2017

"Great info and great mentorship! I have made decisions in my company because of this organization that have changed the trajectory of my business."

- Startup Ignition Nail Graduate, 2017

"Not only is the course set up in an easily digestible manner, we have access to John and his personal mentorship. It is amazing how much John cares about us and how much he is sacraficing his time. His knowledge and experience is extremely deep."

- Startup Ignition Nail Graduate, 2017

"I gave SI a 10 out of 10 because ever since I met all the instructors, I have felt an authentic passion & drive that they have for entrepreneurship. They share principles that they firmly believe in & live by through years of mistakes & success in their own careers. I feel that their strongest characteristics are their ability to see truth & teach it for what it is & not for what it is not. I am honored to be a part of Nail Cohort 7 & will most likely be returning for the Build Cohorts later down the road."

- Startup Ignition Nail Student, 2017

"This class has completely changed the way I think about the world, and I think anyone could benefit from viewing the world as a platform to solve problems."

- Startup Ignition Nail Graduate, 2016

"The content is great and the coaching is top notch! I am just half way but Im pretty confident that for the rest of the course the quality of the mentorship and teachings will be as good!"

- Startup Ignition Nail Student, 2016

"I believe this class will save everyone time and money!"

- Startup Ignition Nail Graduate, 2016

"I've become acutely aware of how much I didn't know. The course has been packed with incredibly valuable content and the networking opp is great."

- Startup Ignition Nail Graduate, 2016

"Startup Ignition has changed my perspective on business forever. I cannot believe how many mistakes I had been making over the years that wouldn't have been too difficult to fix if someone just would have pointed them out to me sooner. The opportunity to network and interact with the instructors has also been extremely valuable."

- Startup Ignition Nail Graduate, 2016
Chris Claflin
Cohort 1 Student

The world of entrepreneurship, business and success in general is full of cliches, motivational quotes, success gurus and "how to" books. Unfortunately no amount of motivation, hard work, dedication or persistence will bring results unless an individual or business knows where to focus their efforts and what activities and mistakes to avoid. Startup Ignition is a road map that reveals to an entrepreneur where to unleash their passion and assert their efforts to get real results.

Lars Hamilton
Cohort 1 Student

Startup Ignition is the opportunity of a lifetime. Do not let it go by. John Richards is a wealth of knowledge that far surpasses the cost of tuition. Make sure you have the time to dedicate to the course and your business ideas. This evening course is no part-time gig. It really requires about 35+ hours a week to get the full value from it. That said, just the access to John as a mentor and his years of experience is invaluable. The class is inspiring and I only wish I could attend the next cohort as well to absorb more of the fire-hose of knowledge.

Robb Kunz
CEO/Founding Partner

If you go through Startup Ignition, you have a higher probability of getting accepted and funded by BoomStartup, and also me!

Dan Fairbanks
Cohort 1 Student

Do it. As someone who has started a business before and made the mistakes, it's worth the cost of tuition to avoid the mistakes and learn how to do things right.

Adam Edmunds
Founder (Allegiance)

I first met John while prepping for a business plan competition. I had a good idea and some seed funding, but no clue of how to start a business. John taught me about cap tables, dealing with investors, hiring top talent, and many other crucial lessons! He saved me from myself in the early days!

Tim Anderson
GiveIt, Co-Founder
Cohort 1 Student

Most valuable education dollars I have ever spent bar none.

Dave Bateman
CEO

I've known John Richards since I was a college kid with a big vision, and an empty wallet. He's the kind of guy that's super creative and always brings a perspective that changes the way you look at things. Along with his creativity comes a wealth of experience that's made John an invaluable mentor and friend to me, and a boon to the entrepreneurial community in Utah.

Ryan Stocking
Cohort 1 Student

There is an incredible amount of information offered through this course that I do not believe is available anywhere else. The knowledge gained paired with the opportunity to be mentored by a true expert in the field is truly invaluable.

Sid Krommenhoek, Founder

John's energy and experience have benefitted Utah's universities, incubators/accelerators, and entrepreneurs. Nearly a decade ago John was one of those who took the time to sit with us young, hungry entrepreneurs and share his insight as we were building Zinch. That level of care from someone who's done it is tremendously encouraging in a startup and I'll forever value his opinion and friendship.

James Gillette
Cohort 1 Student

I thought John Richards did a great job with helping out each student and their individual needs. He has a wealth of knowledge to share...and has a great way of demonstrating that knowledge in class. I always felt accommodated for in our private meetings and reassured that I was making progress.

Joe Wilson, Founder

There are so many details when you're starting a company. Having someone like John offer mentorship and advice is invaluable. From the small details to the big decisions, I'm glad John is available to share his knowledge and experience.

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