lean launchpad

November 3-5, 2014, Santa Cruz, CA

“We’ve learned a lot about entrepreneurship. Perhaps our curriculum should reflect what we’ve learned?”

Steve Blank, Lean LaunchPad founder

 

The Lean LaunchPad Educators Seminar is a 2.5-day program designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use.

Lean LaunchPad Seminars are led by Jerry Engel, Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, founding Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, and Faculty Director of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ Program.

Prerequisites: The seminar is taught in two modules, a Foundation Workshop and the Intermediate Workshop. The two-day Intermediate Workshop is taught assuming familiarity with the foundational concepts of the Lean Startup approach: the business model canvas, the customer development process and agile engineering. All participants have the option of attending the half-day Foundation Workshop where these concepts are introduced.

Qualifications: The seminar is designed for educators affiliated with an educational institution who want to develop a course to teach students lifelong entrepreneurial skills. Application is required. Priority will be given to:

  • Educators who want to incorporate Lean Startup methodology into their entrepreneurship education course or program environment
  • Teaching teams with multiple members
  • Educators currently teaching or conversant with the business model canvas, customer development or Lean LaunchPad

Why Lean LaunchPad?

Developed by Steve Blank, Lean LaunchPad has been taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Caltech and adopted by the National Science Foundation. It emphasizes experiential learning, a flipped classroom and immediate feedback as a way to engage students with real world entrepreneurship.

Students learn by proposing and immediately testing hypotheses. They get out of the classroom and talk to customers, partners and competitors and encounter the chaos and uncertainty of commercializing innovations and creating new ventures.

Your students will do, rather than plan to do. Unlike many approaches to entrepreneurship education, Lean LaunchPad does not rely on static case studies or fixed models; it challenges students to create their own business models based on information derived from personal engagement rather than secondhand market research.

 

Lean LaunchPad Seminars are produced in collaboration with

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This workshop is now full

All applications will be considered and added to a wait list.  We will offer another workshop in the spring.

 

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LLP registration fees:

  • With hotel: $3295
  • Local rate: $3095
  • Registration includes 2 nights’ hotel accommodation, meals during the workshop, materials, and transportation to & from Steve Blank’s ranch

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