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Milestone 2: Attend Initial Training


Initial trainings are hands-on workshops where teams work on their innovation and start drawing an initial plan for their customer discovery.

Introduction to the Lean Startup Methodology

All teams who have not participated in an Idea-to-Plan workshop, Innovation Gap Fund Customer Discovery workshop, or a previous I-Corps cohort should plan on attending this workshop.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn what the Lean Startup Method is and why use it
  • Brainstorm possible customers for your innovation and draw the industry ecosystem they evolve in
  • Hypothesize the Jobs, Pains, and Gains of your customers and create your first Value Proposition
  • Draw an initial plan for your Customer Discovery

Mastering Customer Discovery

All teams should attend this second workshop.

In this workshop you will:

  • Build a plan for effective customer interviews
  • Learn how to systematically capture what you learn to progress in a deliberate manner
  • Learn how to tell an effective business story

Program dates & deadlines

Keep track of the key dates and deadlines for the current program cycle.

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