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Lean LaunchPad Educators Program

Find information about registration, location and more at nciia.org/LLP.

Entrepreneurship education is evolving quickly. The curriculum that was up to date last year is already becoming obsolete; your students, wired into every startup blog, recognize the trends.

But there’s a way for you to keep ahead of the pace of change: offering an updated “Lean” curriculum and courses.

The Lean LaunchPad Educators Program, hosted by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), will challenge you to rethink your approach to teaching entrepreneurship. The Lean LaunchPad emphasizes planning before the plan and searching for a business model before execution.

Led by Steve Blank and Jerry Engel with team of experienced entrepreneurs and educators, you will experience the Lean LaunchPad process and Customer Development approach to teaching entrepreneurship and new venture development. The program offers both a suggested Lean curriculum as well as the capstone Lean LaunchPad class.

This program is designed for experienced teaching faculty and the entrepreneurs that support them. This is a hands-on program where you will experience the process and be given the tools to create a curriculum and course plan you can put to immediate use. It just might change the way you and your institution teach entrepreneurship.

The Lean LaunchPad Educators Program is hosted by NCIIA and produced in collaboration with Epicenter and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Berkeley.

Why Lean LaunchPad?

The Lean LaunchPad, taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Caltech and adopted by the National Science Foundation, emphasizes experiential learning, a flipped classroom and immediate feedback as a way to engage students with real world entrepreneurship.

Students learn by proposing and immediately testing hypotheses. They get out of the classroom and talk to customers, partners and competitors and encounter the chaos and uncertainty of commercializing innovations and creating new ventures.

Your students will do, rather than plan to do. Unlike many approaches to entrepreneurship education, Lean LaunchPad does not rely on static case studies or fixed models; it challenges students to create their own business models based on information derived from personal engagement rather than secondhand market research.


About the Facilitators

Steve Blank is the creator of the Lean LaunchPad, author of The Start-Up Owners Manual and the Four Steps to the Epiphany. He is an entrepreneurship faculty member at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University and Columbia University. Previously he was part of/or founder of 8 Silicon Valley startups.
Jerome Engel is a veteran of Silicon Valley. After a successful career advising and founding entrepreneurial ventures, he joined the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. Mr. Engel is an adjunct professor at the Haas School of Business, and instructs in both the School's MBA and Executive Education programs, and is faculty director of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Program.


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