2015 Inno/Vention Schedule

Stage 1: SparkStart

Inno/Vention Kickoff
TeamHunt – Idea Vetting
Date: 02/02 Monday
Kickoff: 5-7:30pm
TeamHunt: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Poly (RH116)
Purpose: Inno/Vention Official Kickoff followed by a teamhunt. Teams will pitch ideas and needs while students looking to join teams will showcase their skills. Time will be given in-between to formulate a team and take the first steps in idea vetting techniques.

Business Model Canvas Overview/Panel Discussion
Date: 02/11 Wednesday, 5-7pm
Location: Poly (JAB 474)
Purpose: Introduction of Business Model Canvas, Learn methods of identifying steps to further validate idea, Identifying customer archetypes and overview of customer validation. Hear from past inno/Vention winners Franklin Yao, Alan Pearlstein and Nico Vansnick.

Entrepreneur 101
Date: 02/18 Tuesday, 6-7:30pm
Location: Poly (RH116)
Purpose:  Hear from a successful Poly alumni, and incubator graduate Mike Aiello on how he did it and what you should be doing to go from idea to commercialization A short session will be held by Peter Fusco from Lowenstein Sandler on team formation techniques and the legal aspects of starting a company.

Submissions Due February 20

Practice Pitching
Date: 02/24 Tuesday, 1-6pm
Location: Urban Future Lab 15 MetroTech Center, 19th Floor
Purpose: Have teams pitch their ideas to get a spot for Power Pitch

Practice Pitching
Date: 02/25 Wednesday, 1-6pm
Location: 137 Varick Street Incubators 
Purpose: Have teams pitch their ideas to get a spot for Power Pitch

Inno/Vention Power Pitch
Date: 02/26 Thursday, 6-8pm
Location: Poly Pfizer Auditorium
Purpose: 24 teams will be chosen to pitch their ideas, Validation of the concept, Basic idea of prototype, Plan for next stages. Only 10 teams, 2 groups of 5, will be chosen to move on and prototype their ideas. Two more teams will join them through student voting.

STAGE 2: ProtoTest

ProtoTest Info Session
Date: 03/02 Monday, 12-1 pm
Location: Greenhouse @ Poly
Purpose: Teams will meet to review the next stage, hear about best practices for prototyping and network with their peers.

Faculty/Mentor Mixer
Date: 03/04 Wednesday and 03/05 Thursday, both 5-7pm
Location:  Wednesday at 137 Varick Incubator and Thursday at Urban Future Lab, 15 MetroTech Center, 19th Floor
Purpose: Students will have two opportunities to meet with the Faculty and Mentors of the competition also network with other entrepreneurs and alumni. Teams are required to attend one, but should attend both, it will be a great opportunity for elevator pitches of their idea, get feedback from participants and find a match with a mentor.

Prototyping (Software)
Date: 03/09 Monday, 4-6pm
Location: Poly RH 116
Purpose: Prototyping best practices with software. First hour lecture from Yorke Rhodes from Microsoft, followed by demo type question forum.

Prototyping (Hardware)
Date: 03/10 Tuesday, 4-6pm
Location: Poly RH 116
Purpose: Prototyping best practices with hardware. First hour lecture from hardware specialist, followed by demo type question forum.   http://bit.ly/1AeZr7b

Lean Methodology/Pitching and Storytelling
Date: 03/25 Wednesday, 6-8pm
Location: Leslie eLab @ 18 Washington Place
Purpose: Students will be exposed to the Lean Methodology of operating a venture with limited resources while achieving milestones. There will also be a session on how to pitch your venture, put together a compelling presentation and tell your story.

Making the Cut
Date: 03/31 Tuesday, 6-8pm
Location: Poly Pfizer
Purpose: The top 12 teams will showcase their prototypes and pitch the next steps of their ventures. Judges will select 6 teams to move on, 3 from each category. Additional stipends will be awarded to winners.

STAGE 3: Demo Day

Microsoft BizSpark Intro / Demo Day InfoSession
Date: 04/02 Thursday, 5-7pm
Location: Microsoft Office NYC 11 TimeSquare on the Corner of 42nd and 8th Avenue (Radio City Hall room on the 6th Floor)
Purpose: Microsoft will be awarding BizSpark to final stage teams. In addition Maria Nakanwagi will be introducing the platform in the Microsoft office. Also, teams will meet to review the next stage, hear about best practices for prototyping and network with their peers. Demo Day information will be discussed.

Startup Toolkit (Fundraising + Legal)
Date: 04/06 Monday,  6-8pm
Location: 137 Varick Street Incubator
Purpose: Get a full picture view of startup. Learn how fundraising works, how investors make money and when is the right time to pitch to them. Sources of non-dilutive capital will be discussed. Peter Fusco will be back to talk about the most common mistakes startups make and how to avoid them (and the legal fees to fix them). 

Business Monetization (Revenue + Sales + Scaling)
Date: 04/07 Tuesday, 6-8pm                                                                             Location: Poly (Rh116)                                                                                      Purpose: Revenue will determine whether or not you’re successful, scaling will determine how successful you are. This session will cover these two key principles, how to build a successful revenue model, sales strategy and scale the two.


Demo Day
Date: 04/15, Wednesday
Location: NYU School of Engineering: Pfizer Auditorium
5 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Purpose: The semester-long competition at NYU is closing off with DemoDay.
6 hardware and software startups will pitch and demo.

After weeks of hard work and preparations, it all comes down to a final pitch. Judges decide winners in each category for hardware and software as well as an overall top three winners. All teams are eligible for prizes but only the top 4 teams are guaranteed a prize. Top teams are also given the highest recommendation for the Summer Launchpad Program.