Curriculum Part 1
C01: Entrepreneurial Journeys
Tue Sep 11, 2018
A critical component of your education at SLP is learning from your peers. During this class, you'll give the fellows a brief overview of your entrepreneurial journey. This isn't a startup pitch - this is about why you've chosen to become an entrepreneur and where you hope the path will take you. SLP classes are customized to you and this is your chance to tell us how we can help you grow.
C02: Keynote from prominent VC
Tue Sep 18, 2018
Startups are about being resilent. Hear from a VC who candidly shares his failures and successes in founding companies.
C03: Authentic Leadership
Tue Oct 2, 2018
Leadership in a startup is more than a strong pitch at a competition, or even a brilliant product - it's the ability to enable your team to achieve more collectively than they could individually. This class will highlight the commonalities among successful leaders in the tech sectors as well as pitfalls to avoid.
C04: Product Fair
Sat Oct 20, 2018
C05: Ideation and Business Model Innovation
Tue Oct 23, 2018
C06: Co-founder Conflict
Tue Oct 30, 2018
The Startup Leadership Program maintains a longer calendar than most startups, and as such, your startup may change significantly over the seven months the fellows spend together. The product fair is an opportunity to show other your startup and get feedback throughout the program to further growth.
Entreprenuers are constantly thinking outside the box to come up with solutions. This class challenges you to work together and brainstorm ideas that will resonante with your customers.
As entrepreneurs, you and your co-founder will immerse yourselves in an environment fraught with high risk and a perpetual lack of information. The stress of such an environment will manifest in conflict, and what you do with that conflict determines the fate of your company. In this class, we'll address how to de-escalate conflict and focus on the fundamental causes of tension, and how to approach resolving that tension
C07: Customer Development - Lean Startup
Sat Nov 10, 2018
You've likely heard it said that a successful product is a painkiller, not a vitamin. The process for identifying which of those categories your product falls in is critical to your company's success. In this class, we'll overview the tenants of the lean startup methodology, of developing tight feedback loops, and of team communication to increase your chances of finding product-market fit.
C08: Product Development Lifecycle
Tue Nov 13, 2018
As your product(s) move from inception to your customers, it will traverse many stages along the way. Each of those stages requires different forms of talent, financing, and feedback. In this class, we'll explore each of the primary stages from the perspective of hardware and software alike.
C09: Mentor Speed Dating
Tue Nov 27, 2018
YEntrepreneurship has a steep learning curve, and as such, an entrepreneur can greatly benefit from an effective mentor. In this class, we'll pair you with 2-3 SLP partners or alumni with relevant experience in your field and help you develop mentorship relationships that will help guide your business.
C10: Holiday Party
Tue Dec 4, 2018
Being a founder requires emotional support. The holiday party will give you a chance to take a break from company-building and focus exclusively on your personal relationships with other fellows. At the end of the day, entrepreneurship is a bumpy road - you'll want a few friends in the car with you, along for the ride.