Aksarben Innovation Initiative (AII) invites you to apply for the Summer 2015 Lean LaunchPad (LLP) Cohort. The Cohort will kick off on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:00 at the Scott Technology Center and the Cohort will end on Monday, August 24th.
LLP is a structured program developed by Stanford professor and serial entrepreneur Steve Blank that focuses on the market viability of a concept PRIOR to the actual development of the final product. The “Lean Startup” process is used by entrepreneurs and innovators around the world; AII is the only place in Nebraska offering the formal LLP program as developed by Steve Blank.
Want to learn more about building a startup using the Lean Methodology? Read Steve Blank’s article in the Harvard Business Review
There are NO COSTS for participating in the LLP program. We are very pleased to announce that ALL costs associated with the program (books, software, faculty time, space/location) are being supported by state of Nebraska Department of Economic Development to encourage entrepreneurial education and help better prepare individuals for the many entrepreneurial grant opportunities offered by the State.
Want to hear from a few who have gone through the process? Check out some testimonials here.
Up to 8 companies to participate in the Summer Cohort. All invited participants will be expected to:
1. Business Model Canvas
2. Customer Development Interview
Successful Applicants will be notified by Friday, May 22, 2015.
There will be a Kick-off Meeting, Wednesday, May 27 from 3:00-6:00 PM for all accepted applicants. Regular Cohort meetings will be held every Monday from 3:00 – 6:00, June 1 – August 24 at the Scott Technology Center. The program will last 14 weeks.
The Application process is a three-step process:
Initial 30-minute Meeting
What problem are you trying to solve?
Resources & Expectations
Introduction to LaunchPad Central Software System (10-days to Complete)
Complete Initial Business Model Canvas
Complete 3 Customer Interviews
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In addition to his roles as Executive Director of the Scott Technology Center and President of the Scott Data Center, Ken Moreano has spent over 15 years in the trenches working with or running start-ups. As Founder of Exernet (1998), a healthcare technology company, Ken raised capital, managed operations and built a strong team to grow the company before finally deciding to close the doors. Since then, Ken has acted as the interim CEO for a Mobile payments company and a turnaround tech startup out of the Frauenhofer Institute. Ken is highly engaged in start-up investment as Founder, Limited Partner and General Partner for two Funds and serves on the Invest Nebraska Investment Committee.
Traci Hancock has worked with hundreds of technology startups from across the country through the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) Grant programs. Her efforts include team building, strategy, funding and general company development. Currently as the Director of Maverick Innovations of the Office of Research and Creative Activity, Traci assists faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with identifying commercialization pathways, intellectual property protection, identifying, understanding, and providing entrepreneurial opportunities, and identifying resources for development.
As a graduate student at the Peter Kiewit Institute and active Angel investor, Jim recognized the value that entrepreneurial support and guidance could bring to the greater Nebraska ecosystem and has partnered with the Scott Technology Center and UNO’s Maverick Innovation program to lay the foundation for the Aksarben Innovation Initiative. His goal is to create a collaborative program to aid in the commercialization of early stage ideas originating both from the university as well as the greater Nebraska ecosystem. Jim is an active angel investor and is engaged with several early stage companies in the region. He is a member of and serves on the board of the Nebraska Angels and is also co-founder of the Aksarben Discovery Fund aimed at seeding early stage concepts and ideas.
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This special training program helped me solve problems inside my business that I didn’t realize existed. Every entrepreneur should enroll in a program like this. Please do yourself a favor and study this methodology starting now!