Global Startup Seminar 2018

Application Process

  1. Fill out and submit the application - Application Form
  2. Video - provide a one (1) minute elevator pitch.
  3. Video Conference Call.

Submission Deadline and Schedule

Application deadline May 14, 2018
Video interviews will be held May 15th to the 17th
Teams will be notified May 18th
Seminar starts July 2nd

Registration fee

$9,741 per person (registration fee only applies to those individuals selected to attend the workshop)

Registration fee includes room and board, instructional fees, transportation to events, etc.

Tentative Event Schedule

Tentative Event Schedule. The final schedule will be available at the beginning of June 2018.

Firestarter

Through the program you will:

  • Develop a clear, concise message that explains your idea/technology in a commercial setting
  • Evaluate potential markets, select target segments of customers and assess competitors
  • Design a go to market strategy and Business Model Canvas

Lean LaunchPad

Through the program you will:

  • Design a Business Model Canvas
  • Complete initial Customer Discovery Interviews

General Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required to qualify for the J-1 Visa but is not required to attend the workshop
  • Teams no larger than three (3) people per team
  • A team must have an international member that has a significant role in the company
  • Participants cannot be on more than one team

Pitch Competition Requirements

  • The startup idea/technology should be suitable for funding at some level to take it further
  • The startup idea/technology should not be in violation of any intellectual property rights as far as you are aware
  • Teams or team members that have received any form of venture capital financing for their startup idea/technology may not participate in the competition

J-1 Visa

The best teams or ideas will be eligible for the J-1 Visa Program.

Intellectual Property

Ideas have little value. Only when they are built into real companies or turned into issued patents is any real value realizable. This workshop/competition is about building ideas into opportunities - the very first step on the way to possibly building any value. It is customary in these early stages that there is no real intellectual property with any value unless one of the team members already has at least filed for patents. Investors, in any case, do not sign confidentiality agreements, and entrepreneurs must learn that trust is more important than legal documents. It is more important to build a team with people that you trust and to rely on the integrity of the instructors, mentors, and judges to respect your ideas. In any case, you should only disclose information with which you are comfortable. At this stage, it is not necessary to explain exactly how you do something that might give away "secrets", but to focus on the size of the opportunity and how you are going to take advantage of it.

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