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Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Summer Cohort

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:

  • Attend Weekly Cohort Meetings
  • Prepare Weekly Presentations
  • Conduct 10 Customer Development Interviews per Week
  • Utilize LaunchPad Central Software for:

1. Business Model Canvas
2. Customer Development Interview

Application period ends Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

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
View Lean Startup Videos

Final Meeting




  • They do amazing work are moving the start up community in Omaha light years ahead!

    Kevin Dewalt
  • 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!

    Mark Michuda CEO of