Startup School@KU

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
BTBC Lawrence

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.

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- 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. 

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)

How to Start a Startup: Team and Execution (Sam Altman) 

Optional: Lecture 3: Before the Startup (Paul Graham)

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  

Reading: Real innovation is about solving problems, not having ideas 

How to Get Started (Stanley Tang – Doordash) to 15:50

Optional: Competition is for Losers (Peter Thiel-Pay Pal)

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)

How to Build a Product Users Love (Kevin Hale – WuFoo)

Optional: How to Run a User Interview (Emmett Shear – and Twitch)

October 20th:  Celebration of Innovation: A Startup Showcase (Register Here)

  • Demo Day for KU startups founded by students, faculty, and new alumni
  • Investor Panel
  • Networking

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)

The Pitch to Investors (Michael Seibel – beginning at 19:35 ; Investor Meeting Roleplay (Dalton Caldwell – and Qasar Younis – Talkbin)

November 2nd: Operating the Startup
Lecturer: Howard Berkowitz, Managing Director, Precision Growth Strategies
Growth (Alex Schultz-Facebook)

Getting the First $1M in Sales (Tyler Bosmeny – Clever) to 19:00;

Reading: Five Ways to Build a $100M Business (Crishtoph Janz – Point Nine Capital) 

November 9th: Working Session with Mentors
Operating the Startup (Keith Rabois – Khosla Ventures Partner and Square COO)

Optional: Later Stage Advice (Sam Altman – Y Combinator)

Optional: Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups (Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, General Counsel – Y Combinator)

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

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