Learn How to Start a Business
Does your team have an idea for a business but don't know where to start? Starting Lean is a four week program based on Silicon Valley Guru Steve Blank's Lean Launchpad course. It pushes teams through all of the pressures and demands of an early stage startup. The program is designed to provide experience in how to work as a team to turn an idea into a company.
Your team will talk to customers, partners, and competitors and encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a startup works. You’ll practice evidence-based entrepreneurship and learn how to use a business model to brainstorm each part of a company and customer development to get out of the building to see whether anyone other than you would want/use your product or service.
Starting Lean requires around 15-20 hours of work each week to receive the most impact.
What to Expect
Weekly lectures on startup fundamentals
Each team will present findings weekly
Teams conduct ten weekly interviews
Learn about tools to help build a startup
Receive one-on-one support when needed
Be a part of a community of other startups
Questions? Send us an email.
Learn more about Starting Lean
Starting Lean is open to anyone with a business idea and a team of at least two people. The program is available to the public and University of Guelph students, staff and faculty members.
The cost is $1,600 per team.
Given there is limited space, we cannot accept teams with more than 4 people.
Unfortunately, a high percentage of start-ups fail. While we hope the program helps increase your chances of success, the main goal of the program is to provide an educational experience to help you become a better entrepreneurial thinker.
More questions? Send us an email.
Why Signup for Starting Lean?
- Validate or invalidate your business idea
- Reduce risk and time to grow
- Increase chances of success
- Improve skill in building a business
- Expand network of contacts
- Exercise creativity and critical thinking