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NEXT is an in-person, action-based five-week program that lets early-stage entrepreneurs apply Steve Blank's Customer Development methodology in a challenging and socially accountable environment in your local community. With NEXT you'll put down your product and pick up a notebook to start speaking with your potential customers -- actual businesses and users. We meet as a group for five Wednesday evenings, but in between you are working with mentors, watching curriculum videos online, and most importantly, meeting with your potential customers! FOR MORE DETAILS: View BELOW TICKET SECTION.

Ventura NEXT: Startup on a Sustainable Path

Startup Weekend Baghdad

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM (PDT)

Ventura, CA

Ventura NEXT: Startup on a Sustainable Path

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Single Founder Ended $249.00 $0.00
Team of 2 Ended $449.00 $0.00
Team of 3 to 5 Ended $649.00 $0.00
Team of 6 or more Ended $749.00 $0.00

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Event Details

NEXT is an in-person, action-based five-week program that lets early-stage entrepreneurs apply Steve Blank's Customer Development methodology in a challenging and socially accountable environment in your local community.

Why Should you attend a NEXT: Customer Discovery program?

  1. To learn the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of understanding your business opportunity.
  2. To understand how to form the right relationships with prospective customers so that you are developing your customer pipeline in parallel with developing your product.
  3. To learn about the power of the Minimum Viable Product & how it can save time and $$$.
  4. To get your team in front of 40 prospective customers in 4 weeks.
  5. To get coaching from a mentor and your peers so you keep making progress along the most effective path.
  6. To learn more about the Startup Weekend international effort to help entrepreneurs get out of the building.
When is it?  What will we do each week?
Five Wednesdays starting April 10th from 6 PM to 9 PM.
  • Week 1:  April 10th - Kick-off, Overview, First Team Presentations, Peer Review
  • Week 2:  April 17th - Goal Mapping, Value Propositions, Team Presentations, Peer Review
  • Week 3:  April 24th - Customer Segments, Team Presentations, Peer Review
  • Week 4:  May 1st - Channels and Revenue Models, Team Presentations, Peer Review
  • Week 5:  May 8th - Goal Mapping Revisited, Last Team Presentations & Learnings

 

Listen to what Steve Blank has to say about NEXT

Early stage entrepreneurs often become infatuated with their product -- building something to solve a problem they think (or sometimes hope) people actually have. But the reality is that there is nothing more powerful for an entrepreneur than building a product that solves a real problem for a customer. It's only by structured customer discovery that you'll learn what your customers need to have solved, how to solve it easier, cheaper or faster, and what they will pay to get the job done. It seems so simple, but most entrepreneurs waste lots of time and resources bypassing customer discovery or accomplishing it by trial and error.

With NEXT you'll put down your product and pick up a notebook to start speaking with your potential customers -- actual businesses and users. Expect to interview over 50 prospective customers during NEXT and get extensive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs in your local community. You'll be a part of a cohort of other entrepreneurs as well as mentors and coaches to help you even after the course is complete.

And most importantly, you'll finish NEXT with an answer to the question: "Why Should I Build This Product?" NEXT helps you to break down your assumptions, fail fast and get laser focused on building something your customers will love. Come out more prepared to speak about your company, to deal with feedback and to answer the tough questions from potential employees, partners and investors. All in all, you'll be more prepared to succeed -- and that's what NEXT is about: "Getting you ready for whatever's NEXT."

Is your team up for the challenge?

Have questions about Ventura NEXT: Startup on a Sustainable Path? Contact Startup Weekend Baghdad

When & Where



Ventura Ventures Technology Center
505 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM (PDT)


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Startup Weekend Baghdad

Startup Weekend Baghdad are part of a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over a thousand past events in 110+ countries around the world.

The non-profit organization is in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Bootcamp organizers can be found in cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for Bootcamps & Workshops to learn to pitch, develop a great idea & learn customer development skills & more.

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