Houston has added startup incubation spaces, boosted the availability of investment funding for new companies and promoted itself as an up-and-coming tech hub. But a key element has been missing – a sales force specially trained to promote tech companies and their products.
The Sales Academy launched last week at the University of Houston, aimed at preparing early and mid-career professionals to work in the technology industry. The eight-week certificate program is part of the Stephen Stagner Sales Excellence Institute in the C.T. Bauer College of Business.
The class operates on a deferred-payment model, with the $5,000 fee due only if students have received a job offer for at least $50,000 after the program’s conclusion. Salespeople in the industry can earn six figures.