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NEXT San Juan 12/2012

Techstars Startup Programs

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

NEXT San Juan 12/2012

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Startup Weekend is joining forces with Steve Blank and Udacity to bring you some the world’s most effective experiential entrepreneurship curriculum - Steve’s Lean Launch Pad curriculum (as taught at Stanford, Berkley, and Columbia) - customized and packaged into a 3-week in-person follow-on course to Startup Weekend. 

Is NEXT Right for YOU?

Listen to what Eric Koester of Zaarly has to say. 

If you are an early-stage startup team looking for a structured program to help you build your business featuring an award-winning online curriculum mixed with in-person coaching and mentoring with a group of fellow entrepreneurs, then NEXT is for you.  The DC course features leading entrepreneurs, investors and startuppers (details below) beginning on November 28th. Class times and details are below.

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2012 -- 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 10 am to 2 pm
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10 am to 2 pm
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10 am to 2 pm 

Sign up today before the course fills up -- each team member must register.  Course includes coaching, books, materials, and access to online content. You'll meet great entrepreneurs, learn key skills and get plugged into the DC Startup ecosystem. Want to see the outline of the NEXT program?  Check it out.



Facilitators, Organizers, Coaches, Mentors & Resources.

We've assembled a great group of Puerto Rico leaders in the startup ecosystem to provide you one-on-one feedback, mentoring and coaching.  

Lead Facilitator: Ramphis Castro

Ramphis is a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend, having supported 100's of startups in their initial stages from idea to launch in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  He was the first to teach Prof. Steve Blank's Lean Launch Pad class in its original format in the southern hemisphere, having translated the syllabus and helping create 7 student-led startups as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Puerto Rico's Entrepreneurship Development Program.  Ramphis is also the co-founder of several technology companies, including TainoApp, a content-syndication platform that is the easiest way for publishers to share their content through fully native mobile apps on all smartphones.  He is an award-winning Director for the Founder Institute, co-directing the Puerto Rico chapter with Marcos Polanco, where 9 startups have just graduated from the program. 


Giovanni Collazo

Giovanni Collazo is a hacker and co-founder at Blimp LLC. Past experiences include a digital signage software startup called s3mer, digital marketing agency work and a lot of web apps consulting. Giovanni's formal education is in filmmaking, fine arts and design but he has been coding since high school 14 years ago.

Marcos Polanco

Mr. Polanco is currently Chief Operating Officer of medical device startup iCare Medical; he started his career in Silicon Valley performing database research at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories that resulted in the TimesTen technology later acquired by Oracle. Mr. Polanco went on to various technical & managerial roles at Silicon Valley startups before co-founding Imana, Inc. in 1995 to commercialize social search algorithms he co-invented and patented. Returning to his hometown, he led the establishment of an undergraduate software laboratory at Interamerican University in Puerto Rico which released the open source SNAP Platform for Java developers. Subsequently, he joined the Government of Puerto Rico as Founding Director of its information technology investment promotion division. In that role, Mr. Polanco negotiated the launch of Microsoft, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, and HCL Axon technology centers on the island. Returning to private industry, he has cultivated the startup community as co-organizer of Startup Weekends, co-director of the Founder Institute and principal at innovation consultancy Clearshore. Mr. Polanco holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University. He is an award-wining Director for the Founder Institute and has supported countless startups in their entrepreneurial journey. 

Organizers: Marcos Polanco, Giovanni Collazo, and José Padilla

José Padilla

Co-Founder of Blimp, project management tool for hackers, with a passion for front-end development tools and technologies. One of the founding members of Startups of Puerto Rico and co-organizer of Startup Weekend, Barcamp, and TEDxSanJuan.





NEXT is 3-week long, in-person course which provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a scalable company. This is not a class about how to write a business plan. It’s not an exercise on how smart you are in a classroom, or how well you use the research library to size markets. And the end result is not a PowerPoint slide deck for a VC presentation.  



This is a practical class – essentially a lab, not a theory or “book” class - for teams of 2+ co-founders. Similar to Startup Weekend, NEXT creates an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage startup. Teams will be getting their hands dirty talking to customers, partners, competitors, as you encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a customer-driven startup actually works - all aimed towards answering the question of how to turn a great idea into a great company. Co-founders will learn how practically apply business modelling to their company, and customer development to get out of the classroom to effectively test whether/how customers would use your product. 

NEXT takes a ‘flipped classroom’ style of learning, where teams are expected to watch lectures and complete assignments between classes, while classtime itself takes a Facilitator-driven approach to sharing learnings and questioning results. 


More info can be found at swnext.org

You do not need to have attended a Startup Weekend event to attend this course. You must, however, be part of a team of at least two people working on a startup or startup idea.

Have questions about NEXT San Juan 12/2012? Contact Techstars Startup Programs

When & Where

BDO Puerto Rico Training Facility
1302 Ponce de León Avenue, Suite 101
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
Puerto Rico

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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Techstars Startup Programs

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. Techstars Startup Programs include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Week. 


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