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Los Angeles, CA 90095

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The LA Node Regional NSF I-Corps™ Program, which consists of ZAP and BOOM, introduces participants to Lean Startup Methodology, Customer Discovery techniques, and the Business Model Canvas. It is offered several times a year at UCLA, USC, Caltech, and a few other partner schools. In the Regional program, teams of two or more learn fundamental learn I-Corps™ principles during in-person and virtual sessions, conduct interviews with potential customers, and validate their commercialization strategy. By the end, teams will be evaluated for eligibility for the National NSF I-Corps™ Program and its $50,000 I-Corps™ team grant.

This short regional program enables the participants to:

  • Develop entrepreneurial skills

  • Evaluate odds for commercial success

  • Work to establish product-market fit

  • Achieve eligibility to apply for $50,000 I-Corps™ National team grant

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn is an informal session that introduces I-Corps, the Lean Startup Methodology, and ways to reduce the risk of commercialization.

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ZAP! introduces participants to the Lean Startup methodology and techniques to direct customer discovery through field interviews.

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The advanced BOOM (formerly CaDRE) course consists of two sessions, requires 10 interviews, and is conducted online.

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LAUNCH teaches how to conduct, gather, and analyze customer discovery interviews. Participants of the program will also engage in their own interviews with potential customers.

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