Laurier LaunchPad – Waterloo

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Laurier LaunchPad is an experiential learning opportunity for students and alumni to discover, validate, and launch an innovative new venture! We teach the latest methods in entrepreneurial management to eliminate risk and increase the chances of creating a successful startup.

Delivered as a flipped classroom, students roll up their sleeves and apply weekly training to their own businesses week by week.  Entrepreneurs give regular status updates on their ventures and use class time to present weekly findings from experiments. Aside from building their own businesses, entrepreneurs are expected to act as advisers for others in the LaunchPad program.

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2015.

Application deadline: Sept. 1, 2015

Interview Dates: Sept. 8 & 9, 2015

First LaunchPad session: Tuesday, Sept. 15

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Questions can be directed to: Victoria Larke, Manager: Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship – vlarke(at)wlu.ca

Many of the entrepreneurs entering LaunchPad are building their first businesses. To support budding entrepreneurs we connect startups with industry experts and Laurier LaunchPad Mentors to provide guidance through the initial stages of discovery and validation.

055WLU02SEBsandB-055Built on the shoulders of giants, the Laurier LaunchPad focuses on developing a lean and iterative mentality.  The strategy and design of this course stems from the current thought leaders in entrepreneurship including:

The Startup Genome Report – UC Berkeley & Stanford University

The Startup Owner’s Manual – Steve Blank & Bob Dorf

Business Model Generation – Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur 

The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

Running Lean – Ash Maurya

The Lean LaunchPad – Standford University, Columbia University & UC Berkeley

Each startup uses this foundation of knowledge to experiment and make evidence-based changes to turn an unproven idea into a business model that works.

To apply, Laurier students and alumni submit and application and are invited to present their business model canvas to a panel of Laurier faculty. Each application is reviewed based on innovation, business model, founding team, and fit with LaunchPad program expectations. Companies that are accepted are then integrated into Laurier’s entrepreneurship ecosystem to work with community partners through defined milestones and proven practices of successful startups.

 

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