LaunchPad: Unique 12 hour Startup Accelerator and Dragon’s Den Type Session
Are you planning to launch a new service or product?
Are you looking for your first customer?
Do you need investment?
We will help you launch during a unique program that lasts only 12 hours. The accelerator for early-stage startups will focus on learning how to build a Minimum Viable Product or Service and how to talk to your customers. At the end of the event, you will get to pitch your idea to investors!
During the event, you will meet mentors who will support you in your future ventures, you will find potential partners for your startup, you will pitch in front of investors. The mentors have international experience in setting up startups and will provide insights to your idea as well as its execution. The investors will assess your progress at the end of the workshop and will decide if they are going to invest.
Mentors and Investors include
Paul Muston, CEO of Musoft
Dr Constantina Katsari, CEO of Startdoms
Jim Johnston, CEO of Access2View
Jagvir Purewal, IP Solicitor at Forresters
Aanisah Begg, Investment Manager in Midven Fund
The accelerator is FREE if you have an innovative Technology-based business idea and have not yet or recently started your business.
Apply on a first come, first served basis. We decided to keep the numbers low so that you get our full attention. Will accept only 25 participants. Each applicant will be contacted to establish eligibility for the programme and to ensure this workshop offers you the best fit for your needs. If you wish to discuss the opportunity then please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance - giving your name, business idea and contact number and we'll call you back to discuss the workshop.
CUE Business Solutions is offering this fantastic opportunity through the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme, the workshop is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
8:00-8:30 Registration and chance for networking
8:30- 8:45 Welcome
8:45- 9:00 Pitches and Voting. Pitches last 3-4 minutes each (presentation of the idea and the founder). They are followed by 2-3 questions.
9:00-9:25 Lecture 1: Lean Principles
9:25- 9:40 Questions and Answers
9:40-10:00 Lecture 2: Lean Canvas
10:00-10:15 Questions and Answers
10:15-11:30 Exercise: During this time startups will get the chance to define the customer’s problem and explain how they intend to solve it. The lean canvas should help them in this process. They have an hour to fill the boxes and talk to the mentors.
11:30-11:45 Lecture 3: How to make a Minimum Viable Product
11:45-12:00 Questions and Answers from Mentors
12:00-13:00 Exercise: Startups will start designing the demo or Minimum Viable Product they intend to offer to their customers. The demo may be a design on a piece of paper or something more elaborate.
13:00-13:45 Lunch and chance for networking
13:45- 14:45 Continuing the Exercise: Refine the solution startups will offer to the customer’s problems. This solution may be presented in the form of a demo or MVP, depending on the stage of the startup.
14:45-15:05 Lecture 4: Basic Principles Customer Development
15:05-15:15 Questions and Answers
15:15-15:30 Real Exhibition of Customer Development
15:30-18:45 Exercise: Get out of the Building! We expect the startups to go out and find their customers. Alternatively, they could stay in the room to find customers over the internet. Each team should come back with 5-10 customer interviews.
18:45-19:45 The Pitch. This will be a simulation of a Dragon’s Den. There will be no dragons, though! Just helpful people who would like to see the results of hard work!
19:45-20:00 Next step and closing remarks
If this programme isn't what you are seeking drop us a line at email@example.com in the first instance - giving your name, business idea and contact number and we'll call you back to discuss the workshop.
CUE Business Solutions is a division within Coventry University Enterprises Limited and part of the Coventry University Group.
DATA PROTECTION: This workshop is provided free to you if you meet the eligibility criteria. We will use the information you supply: A) to provide business support to you and make referrals to partners and other providers of relevant services as appropriate; B) to share with Coventry City Council / Warwickshire County Council (as Accountable Bodies for the programme) and DCLG (or their sub-contractors) for monitoring evaluation and audit purposes. We will keep all information you provide confidentially and treat it in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1988.