Real world, hands-on learning in what it’s like to actually start a company. An entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of an early stage startup.
5-day Lean LaunchPad is a practical class –a lab, not a “book” class - to give teams of students real world experience in how to turn an idea into a business. It is a 1.5 credit graduate level course offered from August 25-29 at NYU.
You’ll work in teams, getting your hands dirty talking to customers, partners, and competitors, as you encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a startup actually works. It is a highly intensive, experiential class comprised of team presentations, customer interviews, and feedback from startup experts.
Each day will be a new adventure outside the classroom as you test each part of your business model and then share your hard earned knowledge with the rest of the class.
Prospective students will be granted registration from the NYU Polytechnic Records and Registration Office if they present fully completed and signed forms described in Step 5 below.
First, find out if you’ll get 1.5 graduate credits for this course towards your degree and if you are allowed to register by your program. Click here for the Registration Pre-Approval Form and visit your school representatives, so you’ll know!
Attend an info session/team hunt event. You are required to attend at least one of the six info sessions to be apply to the course. Info sessions will be held at the Leslie eLab (e) and School of Engineering Greenhouse (g).
Event dates, times and locale
3/24: 2-4 pm (e)
4/7: 2-4 pm (e)
4/16: 5:30-7:30pm (e)
4/22: 3-5 pm (e)
5/7: 2-4 pm (g)
5/11: 10-12 pm (e)
5/18: 2-4 pm (g)
Complete this application.
Note: One application per team.
Step 4: TEAM INTERVIEW
Timeframe: 5/1 - 6/26
Teams selected for the next round are required to attend an in-person ~15 min interview with a review committee. During the interview, the entire team will present their startup idea and answer questions about why they want to participate in the course.
Step 5: REGISTRATION FOR THE COURSE
5a. Teams selected for the course will be emailed and instructed for members to officially register individually.
5a1. The registration process requires that each student receive written permission from their program advisor, their bursar, and their registrar using the Registration Pre-Approval form in Step 0.
5a2. Lindsey Gray LM150@nyu.edu must sign an NYU Add/Drop form. She will review your Registration Pre-Approval Form and email both back to you.
5a3. Then, either bring in or email both forms together to NYU Poly’s Records & Registration Office (RRO) in 6 Metrotech Center, JB158, B'klyn, NY 11201 attn.: Wanda Green firstname.lastname@example.org (718-260-3146). Incomplete forms will not be processed.
5b. If any team member does not register before the first day of class, all remaining members of that person’s teams will be automatically dropped from the course after the first day. To remain in the course, you can request reassignment to another approved team done in writing and submitted to the MG9781 Selected Topics in Management: Lean Launchpad instructor(s). By becoming a part of that new team you are subject to all conditions as part of that team. If no reassignment is possible, you will have to drop the course using the NYU Add/Drop Form (see 6d below).
Step 6: PARTICIPATION IN THE COURSE
6a. If any team member chooses to drop the course once it has begun, as long as there are at least two team members remaining the team can continue on in the course. If only one team member remains, that person can request reassignment to another team in the class. The request for reassignment must be done in writing and submitted to the MG9781 Selected Topics in Management: Lean Launchpad instructor(s) for their approval. By becoming a part of that new team you are subject to all conditions as part of that team. If no reassignment is possible, you will have to officially drop or withdraw from the course. Use an NYU Add/Drop Form (see 6d below).
6b. Attendance is mandatory for each of the 5 days of the course - Aug 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2015. If you miss more than 30 minutes of any class, you will be deregistered from the course and your team members may also be de-registered. The MG9781 Selected Topics in Management: Lean Launchpad instructor(s) will inform the Dept. Of TM&I of any de-registration. Force major does not apply for this course.
6c. Each team must have a completed ‘business model canvas' to submit by the beginning of Day 1 of this class (8/24/15). An explanation of the canvas and how to complete it will be shared with you in advance of the first day to guide you. Failure to complete this assignment for the first day of class will results in all team members being deregistered from the course.
6d. Drop/Withdraw. If you elect to drop this course, you must do so by emailing a completed NYU Add/Drop form by Monday Aug 8/24 at 11:59pm to receive 100% tuition reimbursement Lindsey Gray. If you withdraw between Tuesday 8/25 and Thursday 8/27 you will receive a W grade and 0% tuition reimbursement. Email or bring an NYU Add/Drop Form to NYU Poly (RRO) in 6 Metrotech Center, JB158, B'klyn, NY 11201; attn.: Wanda Green email@example.com.
6e. Grades. The grading policy for this course is described in detail in the syllabus. You will be graded as a team – all team members will receive the same grade. You must consult with your particular graduate Program Director to confirm whether or not this course will count towards your graduate degree (see Step 0).
Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician based in Pescadero, California. Blank is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched the Lean Startup movement. He has spent over thirty years in the high tech industry, and founded or worked at eight startup companies, four of which have gone public. He is a consulting associate professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford and lectures at the University of California Berkeley, California Institute of Technology and Columbia.
Learn more about Steve and read about past 5-day LLP classes.