Startup Bootcamps

Startup Bootcamps’ two half-day workshops—and the customer-discovery homework in between—teach teams how to test the value of their ideas and validate what problem they’re hoping to solve for their target customer. As teams work to transform hypotheses into verifiable insights, they reevaluate and refine their business—or even make a significant pivot on the road to a more successful startup.

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 (Bootcamp 3) will be held April 3rd (part A) & April 10th (part B). Applications submitted by March 22nd will be considered for Bootcamp 3. Applications are still open for Bootcamp 4 which will be offered April 26th (part A) & May 3rd (part B). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but if you want to be considered for the next cohort, apply by April 16th at noon.

In addition, a one half day bootcamp for NYU faculty, staff, PhD and researcher/postdoc led teams will be held on April 18th from 9am to 1pm. Please apply by Friday, March 29th, at 6pm for this opportunity. (Note: faculty, staff and researchers are also welcome to apply to and attend the Bootcamp in March).

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    What You Can Expect

    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute offers Customer Discovery Bootcamps for startups to 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

    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 Startup Coaching Program
    • 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!)
    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
    • 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 Customer Discovery Bootcamp 4: November 2nd & (10am-2pm) & November 9th (9am-12pm)
    • Fall Customer Discovery Bootcamp 5: November 30th (1pm-5pm) & December 7th (10am-1pm)
    • Spring Customer Discovery Bootcamp 1: February 15th (12pm-4pm) & February 22nd (12pm-4pm)
    • Spring Customer Discovery Bootcamp 2: March 15th (10am-2pm) & March 29th (9am-noon)
    • Spring Customer Discovery Bootcamp 3: April 3rd (2-6pm) & April 10th (2-5pm)
    • Spring Faculty/Researcher Startup Bootcamp: April 18th (9am-1pm)
    • Spring Customer Discovery Bootcamp 4: April 26th (10:30am-2:30pm) & May 3rd (10:30am-2:30pm)

    Apply today by submitting a short application.