PandoLabs, Park City’s entrepreneurship center, finalized their move this week into suite 201 in the second floor of the Summit Center in Jeremy Ranch. With this transition, Juliana Duran, PandoLab’s new Marketing and Program Manager has been recently recruited into the team.
About the New Hire: Longtime Park City Resident
Juliana Duran has been a Park City community member for the last 15 years. After graduating from the Winter Sports School in Park City, she pursued a bachelor of science degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Utah. At age 19 while still in college, she started and ran a business of her own in the sign industry. Her passion for entrepreneurship evolved from helping her parents develop their own businesses upon their arrival in Park City from Colombia. Juliana has a strong career emphasis on compelling content creation, developing human potential, and rising ideas from paper to reality. She has participated and mentored in several entrepreneurship programs for the last five years and will now lead various business programs at PandoLabs.
About the New Location
PandoLab’s new e but only 1 less prooffice is located in the former AlpenGlow space, directly across the hall from their previously occupied space. The new office offers a shared kitchen, shared conference room, 4 private offices with windows and 5 co-working desk spaces for community entrepreneurs to use as necessary.
Why the Change
The change stemmed from a business model pivot. PandoLabs director Ted McAleer has been structuring a concept which will be called “PandoLabs Institute”. With this initiative PandoLabs is shifting from a commodity based model in the real estate space, to a hybrid based model in the programing and mentorship space. “Less funds are being allocated to co-working space availability, making room for additional investment to educate Park City’s business community on mitigating risks around the top 20 reasons startup companies fail. Our top priority right now is ensuring a prosperous economic development plan in the greater summit County area. Focusing on supporting high growth startups with valuable content, peer to peer programs, mentors at all skill levels, and capital is crucial to that plan.” -Ted McAleer PandoLabs Director.
How Entrepreneurship Programing Benefits Park City
“Currently, we are in the process of refurbishing the office and solidifying our various local programs: PandoLabs Institute, and PCCAPS. My job as a Marketing and Program Manager is to ensure our efforts and impacts are properly communicated in a way that resonates best with the Park City community. In the short period I’ve been with PandoLabs, I’ve been inspired by the amount of entrepreneurs working on our own community’s pressing problems: Child tooth decay, communication between the schools and the hispanic community, veteran resources, lack of healthy food options for our kids etc… Additionally I’m working to set a structure for accomplished business leaders to mentor at Park City High School. I’ve also been super inspired by the projects those students are working on and their capabilities to tackle additional community issues head on”. -Juliana Duran
About PandoLabs: Park City’s Center for Entrepreneurship:
PandoLabs is a community of Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Capital Providers and Accomplished Business Leaders. We assist entrepreneurs with gaining access to the right types of capital, in the right quantities, at the right times from the right partners. We help young companies to accelerate their growth through PandoLabs Institute programming, our mentors, our consultants, and our community partners. During 2016, we had more than 70 entrepreneurs and their enterprises use the services of PandoLabs and PandoLabs Institute. PandoLabs is a not for profit organization 301(C)(3).