Venture School

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:00pm
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

What is Venture School?

Master the startup process with our premier statewide Venture School, an innovative training program focused on real-world experimentation, customer discovery, and Lean LaunchPad methodologies. This program uses the official National Science Foundation I-Corps curriculum to help high-potential startups turn their ideas in reality. This program works for startups, small businesses, non-profits, and corporate innovation teams.

Test your business hypothesis immediately by getting out into the community to talk to customers, partners, and competitors, rather than relying on static case studies and secondhand market research. You will encounter the chaos and uncertainty of commercializing innovations and creating new ventures, while also being challenged to create your own business model as you make pivots or preserve your original plans based on your findings.

Teaching team: 

  • Paul Kinghorn, UNI 
  • Laurie Watje, UNI
  • Kurt Heiar, University of Iowa

Application deadline: Monday, Sept. 18th @ midnight

Interviews: Sept. 20th @ UNI (BCS 013) 3-6pm

​Acceptance Notification: Sept. 22nd (Payment due on the 25th)

Workshop Info. Session: No cost, open to the public

     Team development 9/27, @ UNI (BCS 033) 4-6pm

Kick-Off: Thursday, Oct. 5th at Cedar Rapids, TBD

Opening Workshop: Friday, Oct. 6th from 8am-4pm, Geonetric Building

Weekly Meetings @ UNI (BCS 033):

Thurs. Oct. 12th, 5:30-9pm

Thurs. Oct. 19th, 5:30-9pm

Thurs. Oct. 26th, 5:30-9pm

Thurs. Nov. 2nd, 5:30-9pm

Thurs. Nov. 9th, 5:30-9pm

Thurs. Nov. 16th TBD, final pitch assistance for teams chosen to pitch at Summit Surge

Summit Surge: Fri. Dec. 1st in Des Moines