UC San Diego Innovation Calendar
The Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation’s Founder Workshop
This a free 8-week program to help founders of all stages identify their next best step toward building a company. The workshop will focus specifically on defining the customer & the problem you are attempting to solve. We know there are many potential founders with an idea and we want to help them focus on where to start as they begin understanding the core principles of building a startup.
This workshop requires 30 hours of commitment over the course of 8-weeks (8 two-hour classes and 14 hours of customer interviews/development) This program is for you if:
You have been working on an idea, but don’t know where to go next.
You’ve applied to an accelerator or incubator, but have not been accepted.
You’re trying to do everything right, but you’re not getting the traction you need.
You are frustrated in your current role and feel like there’s something bigger out there for you.
We can help you discover what it takes to be successful in your own way. The goal of the program is to provide a foundation of knowledge that can support you in pursuing your next opportunity. Here’s what the program includes:
Mar 21 – The Founder in You: What it Means to be an Entrepreneur
Mar 28 – The Assumption Matrix: Your Customer
Apr 4 – Human-Centered Design: Customer Empathy
Apr 11 – The Assumption Matrix: Your Problem | Running Great Test
Apr 18 – Sizing up the Problem: Why This, Why Now, Why You
Apr 25 – The Lean Canvas
May 2 – Minimum Viable Concept
May 9 – Lessons Learned & What is Your Next Step?