Lean LaunchPad®

“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 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.

Prerequisites:  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.

Intended participants: 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®
  • Incubators and accelerator program managers
  • Anyone interested in building entrepreneurship and innovation development programs

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.

 

Lead Instructors

Jerome S. Engel
A leader in the Lean Startup movement, Jerome Engel collaborated closely with Steve Blank, chief architect of the Lean LaunchPad (LLP) method, to develop the Lean Startup curriculum and the LaunchPad Educators Guide. He has taught the Lean LaunchPad at U.C. Berkeley and across the U.S. and has served as National Faculty Director of the National Science Foundation’s I‐Corps program. In addition, Engel supervises LLP programs with partner universities in Asia and Europe. He serves as Faculty Director of a faculty development program conducted at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford and Columbia universities, and has trained several hundred faculty in the LLP method. A veteran of Silicon Valley with a broad background in entrepreneurship and innovation, Engel joined U.C.  Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. Engel is an adjunct professor at the Haas School of Business and instructs in both the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs specializing in Entrepreneurship, New Venture Finance, Corporate Innovation, Venture Capital and Private Equity. Professor Engel is also co‐founder and General Partner of Monitor Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage technology ventures. Professor Engel is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the 2010 recipient of the NCIIA ‐ Olympus Corporation Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award.

Frank Rimalovski
Frank is the founder and executive director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where he leads a pan-University initiative to spur and support entrepreneurship and technology commercialization across NYU. Frank is also the managing director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, a seed-stage venture fund that invests exclusively in startups founded NYU students, faculty and researchers. He is also the co-author, with Giff Constable, of the book Talking to Humans, which guides entrepreneurs through the customer discovery process. Frank has more than 20 years of experience in early-stage venture capital, spinouts and technology commercialization. He was a founding partner of corporate spinout VC specialist New Venture Partners, and before that a director and entrepreneur-in-residence in Lucent’s New Ventures Group. Previously, he held positions in marketing and product management and marketing in at Sun Microsystems, Apple and NeXT. Earlier in his career, he was an M&A banker at Bear Stearns and Rodman & Renshaw. Frank has also served as an Instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) program and is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at NYU. He serves as a mentor at TechStars and the NIH Life Sciences Summit. He sits on the advisory board for Tufts University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Frank holds a BA from Tufts University and a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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