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- Financial Challenges for Entrepreneurial Leaders
- Venture for Brand Power
- Venture for Design Thinking
- Venture for Discovery Part I
- Venture for Discovery Part II
- Venture for Entrepreneurial Finance
- Venture for Growth
- Venture for Innovation Leadership
- Venture for Market Leadership
- Venture for Product Innovation
Our Venture for Discovery™ Part II: Test to Launch provides participants with an intensive, “hands-on” course focusing on the development, testing, and validation of new business models in support of new venture creation. Participants begin with early product designs developed during Part I of this program and start testing their products with actual customers. While product-testing progresses, participants work on brand development and go-to-market strategies, team selection & management, profit models, financing, and legal considerations. Participants refine their venture’s hypothesized business model based on instructor, peer, customer, and local investor feedback.
At the highest level, you will come away with clear answers to the following questions:
- What is the most agile way to develop new product and services that will gain market traction quickly?
- What are current approaches for cost effective customer acquisition and retention?
- How to build credible financials based on reasonable, benchmarked assumptions?
- What metrics are critical to measure and monitor new venture success?
- How to build the right team and culture for successful launch and early stage growth?
- How to approach early funding sources and investors to support early venture launch and growth?
The program uses a proprietary sequence of modules and tools to support the development and launch of your new venture idea. Specific skill development and issues covered include:
- Early Product Testing: Building minimal viable products to test customer acceptance through iterative experimentation
- Branding: Developing a multi-channel go to market strategy with limited resources
- Profit Models: Identifying revenue sources while minimizing cost factors
- Start-Up Metrics: Identifying critical indicators for benchmarking, measurement, & monitoring
- Team Leadership: Selecting team members with the right mix of knowledge and skills
- Startup Culture: Understanding how to develop a culture of sustained innovation through best management practices
- Key Partners & Advisors: Understanding your industry ecosystem to facilitate important relationships
- Funding Sources: Understanding the many options for start up funding, including up to date information on crowd funding, peer-to-peer lending, and public incentive programs
- Investor Requests: Determining what information investors will want to know about new venture’s start up costs, capital requirements, and growth potential