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?
NEXT 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.
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 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 1 pm
- Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6-9 pm
- Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10 am to 1 pm
- Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 6-9 pm
- Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 10 am to 1 pm
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.
SW Next Tampa
Daniel James Scott - In addition to being the associate director for the Entrepreneurship program at USFSP, Daniel has started five companies, having successfully sold three of them. Always looking to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Daniel has been instrumental in bringing Awesome St. Petersburg, FloridaStartup.com, Gazelle Lab, Startup Digest, Startup Florida, Tampa Bay NewsWire, and the 6/20 initiative to Tampa Bay's entrepreneurs.
John Morrow- Over the past three decades, John Morrow has founded a number of technology companies. Currently he is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Alliance at College of Business USF St. Petersburg, as well as Co-Founder of Gazelle Lab, a seed-stage fund and accelerator based in Tampa Bay, and Co-Author of Tampa Bay’s 6/20 Plan. John also serves on the boards of number of companies and organizations.
Amy Carson Sauers- Dr. Sauers is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at St. Petersburg College. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. Her vision of learning is that her students can do anything they set their minds to do and she is here to help them do that.Dr. Sauers was the Director of Marketing, Customer Analytics, for the financial startup, Revolution Money, Inc., before joining SPC in Fall 2008. She is enjoying the entreprenurial teamwork spirit in Tampa Bay and continues to serve her customers in her small business startup.
Kirk Burton, MBA, PMP, CSM is a former Special Operations officer, certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified Scrum Master (CSM). Retiring after 23 years of service, he has developed experience in entrepreneurship, business incubation, and open innovation, as well as technology research and development and program management.
More to come...
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.
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