Startup School @ KU was developed for aspiring faculty entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures based on KU technology designed to accelerate the startup process and increase chances of success. The Center for Entrepreneurship at the Business School created the curriculum and structure. Startup School @ KU is six – two hour sessions based on the lean startup model starting with ideas generation through validation through to company launch. This develops faculty and staff entrepreneurs that have the necessary skills to start a company. Other programs will become open to graduates including Proof of Concept (POC) funding. These funds allow potential entrepreneurs to develop their idea inside the university while further developing the business concept through iCorp @ KU. The POC application is a deliverable from Startup School @ KU. Dates for Startup School @ KU.
March 2, 9, 23, 30 April 6, 13, 20
6:00 – 8:00pm
Startup School @ KU provides participants a fundamental understanding regarding how to start a startup motivating further development of entrepreneurial skills (adapted from Stanford’s CS 183). Open to all faculty, staff and students at KU.
- Flipped classroom: students consume provided materials (identified by class below) prior to class meetings
- Guest lecturers on the respected topic for that evening plus answer questions for that topic. Other material (personal experiences) are welcome additions.
- Each session consists of standard lecture (for selected sessions): 30 minutes; guest lecture discussion (90 minutes).
Dinner for participants is provided.
NOTE NEW START DATE
October 5th: Key Components of Successful Startups & Top Ten Critical Considerations for an Unsuccessful Startup (TTCCUS)
Lecturer: Wally Meyer, School of Business
How to Start a Startup: Ideas and Products (Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz)
October 12th: Generating Ideas
Lecturer: John Fein, Firebrand Ventures
Reading: How To Get Startup Ideas (Paul Graham)
Reading: The 10X Rule for Great Startup Ideas
October 19th: Building Product
Lecturer: Kyle Johnson, Founder & CEO Bixy, Pipeline Innovator of the Year
Building Product, Talking to Users and Growing (Adora Cheung-Homepoint)
October 20th: Celebration of Innovation: A Startup Showcase (Register Here)
- Demo Day for KU startups founded by students, faculty, and new alumni
- Investor Panel
October 26th: Growth
Lecturer: Mike Bosch, Founder & CEO RG Fiber, Pipeline Fellow
Financing Your Startup (Marc Andreessen – Netscape; Ron Conway – SV Angel; Parker Conrad – Zenefits)
November 2nd: Operating the Startup
Lecturer: Howard Berkowitz, Managing Director, Precision Growth Strategies
Growth (Alex Schultz-Facebook)
November 9th: Working Session with Mentors
Operating the Startup (Keith Rabois – Khosla Ventures Partner and Square COO)
November 18: Global Entrepreneurship Week at KU
Funding raising discuss financing of startups including a guest presentation by Marianne Hudson, CEO, Angel Capital Association and other roundtable discussions