Startup Bootcamps

Startup Bootcamps are two half-day workshops for NYU startup teams to learn how to test the value of their ideas with their customers and partners. Open to promising NYU student, faculty, and researcher-led teams, these immersive sessions are offered three-four times each fall and spring semesters. 

The Startup Bootcamps are the first stepping stone in your NYU Startup Accelerator journey. Select teams who participate in a bootcamp will be invited to apply early for the one-to-two week immersive Startup Sprints, held each January, May and August.

The next Startup Bootcamp will be held on Friday, October 12th AND October 19th. If you have an idea or startup, apply to attend a Startup Bootcamp by Friday, October 5th for the next bootcamp.

 

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    What You Can Expect

    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute offers two types of bootcamps:

    • Customer Discovery Bootcamps: Learn the fundamentals of the Lean Startup approach and test the value of your solution with your future customers and partners by Getting Out of the Building
    • Experiments & Prototypes Bootcamps: Explore design thinking and Lean Startup methods to test your riskiest business and product assumptions, through brainstorming, prototyping and experimentation

     

    About Customer Discovery Bootcamps:

    Each bootcamp is a two half-day commitment, held select Fridays during the semester at the Leslie eLab. Accepted teams can expect:

    • In advance of the bootcamp: Come prepared having completed readings and presentations
    • Day 1: Customer discovery workshops led by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute teaching and coaching team; Participants will also each present their venture ideas and receive feedback during the session
    • Between Day 1 & 2: In the week between each session, each team will endeavor to complete at least five interviews with their potential target customers and partners; Teams will also be offered dedicated coaching appointments from the Blackstone Launchpad coaching team
    • Day 2: Each team presents on what they learned from customer discovery, and receives "radical candor" feedback from the coaching team; The bootcamp concludes with an overview of select follow-on resources available to bootcamp participants
    • Following the bootcamp: Teams will be offered continued coaching, and select teams will be invited to interview for the next Startup Sprint (only 30% of Sprint applicants make it to the interview round, so you'll have made the cut!)

     

    About Experiments & Prototypes Bootcamps:

    Open only to teams who have already completed a Customer Discovery bootcamp (or are otherwise referred into the program). Each bootcamp is a half-day commitment, held select Fridays during the semester at the Leslie eLab. Accepted teams can expect:

    • In advance of the bootcamp: Come prepared having completed readings and presentations
    • During the bootcamp: Hypothesis testing and prototyping workshops led by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute teaching and coaching team, followed by iterative brainstorming, sketching and feedback to jump start your experiment
    • Following the bootcamp: Teams will be offered a dedicated coaching session to get feedback on their prototype and the results of their experiment
    Who It's For

    Startup Bootcamps are open to any NYU student, Faculty or researcher-led team from across NYU who have:

    • An idea for a startup
    • Demonstrated passion for the problem you hope to solve with your idea
    • Preference given to teams with two or more members
    • Preference given to diverse and multi-disciplinary teams
    • Be committed to attending BOTH of the half-day sessions
    • Prototyping Bootcamp Only: Have participated in a Customer Discovery bootcamp, or otherwise be referred into the program by a Blackstone Launchpad coach.

    No prior business or startup experience is necessary.

    Bootcamp Dates
    • Fall Customer Discovery Bootcamp 1: September 28th (9am-2pm) & October 5th (10am-1pm)
    • Fall Customer Discovery Bootcamp 2: October 12th & (10am-2pm) & October 19th (10am-1pm)
    • Fall Customer Discovery Bootcamp 3: November 2nd (10am-2pm) & November 9th (10am-1pm)
    • Fall Experiments & Prototypes Bootcamps 1: November 16th (2pm-5pm)
    • Fall Experiments & Prototypes Bootcamps 2: November 30th (2pm-5pm)

    Apply today by submitting a short application.