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 February 15th from 12pm-4pm (part A) & February 22nd from 12pm-4pm (part B). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so if you have an idea or startup, apply to attend a Startup Bootcamp today.

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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 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: April 3rd & April 10th (stay tuned for exact hours)
    • Spring Customer Discovery Bootcamp 3: April 26th (12pm-4pm) & May 3rd (12pm-4pm)

    Apply today by submitting a short application.