Agile Mindset for Your Startup: From Vision to Viability
With Jeffrey Beir & Abby Fichtner
You’ve got a big idea addressing a huge market opportunity - should be no problem getting financed and building a successful company. But that’s not how real companies get built. In the engineering world, agile has replaced traditional waterfall methodologies because it lowers risk, improves predictability and allows for mid-course correction. The same applies when thinking about how you build your business.
Abby and Jeffrey will present a framework for building your business with an agile mindset and explain why most companies should be built this way. With a revenue and financing lens, they will provide a toolset and approach for focusing, sequencing, reducing risk, proving value and building flexibility into your plan.
Who should attend? Founding teams early in their company building process. Pre-funded companies trying to figure out how much and who to raise money from. Angel funded companies with a big plan, and not enough capital to get there. Entrepreneurs struggling with where to start, which customer segment to target first, and what metrics to prove.
We check all attendee registrations at the door. Please bring a printed or smartphone copy of your EventBrite registration and Harvard student ID if you have registered as a Harvard Student. Attendance will be limited to registered guests and tickets will not be available at the door.
Note: Harvard Shuttles have a stop directly across from the i-lab, and you can track the shuttles online here: http://harvard.transloc.com/ If you are driving, please park in the i-lab's lot (entrance on Western Avenue, directions and payment information are here: http://i-lab.harvard.edu/parking).
When & Where
Harvard Innovation Labs
The Harvard Innovation Labs consist of a vibrant, cross-disciplinary ecosystem for the Harvard community to explore innovation and entrepreneurship while building deeper connections. It is an excellent example of the One Harvard vision and a leading catalyst for the Allston Science and Enterprise District. The Innovation Labs fosters unprecedented collaboration among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston communities.
The Harvard i-lab is the central component of the Harvard Innovation Labs. It is an educational collaborative for all current Harvard students from any Harvard school to explore innovation and entrepreneurship at any stage. It provides open co-working space, a vibrant community of peer and mentor support, experiential programming, and a 12-week Venture Incubation Program, helping student teams take their ideas further, faster.
The Launch Lab is a critical extension of the growing Harvard Innovation Labs. It provides eligible Harvard alumni leading high-potential early-stage startups with a curated community including collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to i-lab advisors and mentors. It fosters continued connection between alumni, current students, and the Harvard community as a whole.
The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a curated community, providing eligible Harvard alumni, faculty and students leading high-potential early-stage life sciences startups with a fully equipped wet lab, collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to the entire Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.