Mark and Karl from the OSU Advantage Accelerator program stopped by yesterday to fill us in on their new program now available in Bend.
It’s called ‘Iterate’ and it’s an introduction to problem/solution fit for entrepreneurs who are interested in learning the basics of how to build a product or service that aligns with the problems it is expected to solve. It is the first of 3 available accelerator courses, which are the next steps in the program as companies successfully complete the Iterate curriculum.
Iterate runs for 1 month, and includes four two-hour sessions, running every Tuesday from 4:30 – 6:30pm, so it’s very practical for anyone who’s working full time to participate in. And since there’s no cost, it’s the best deal in town. If you move on to the ‘Accelerator’ program, there are costs, although they are very reasonable and mostly success-based, so you only pay if you reach a certain revenue threshold.
Here’s what you can expect to get out of the Iterate program:
- Basic understanding of what entrepreneurship is and what it means to be an entrepreneur
- Basic understanding of the Lean Canvas tool
- Understanding of the customer discovery process
- Understanding of Total Available Market (TAM), Serviceable Available Market (SAM), and Target Market (TM).
- Understanding of the Value Proposition and a better defined Value Proposition for your concept
- Teams will leave the program with an understanding of how to apply these tools to their concepts.
- Entrepreneurs may choose to apply to the OSU Advantage Accelerator/ RAIN Corvallis “Accelerate” program.
He loves to write code, is passionate about design, and he's an analytics geek. He's helped organize and pitched at the Bend Venture Conference, he's a mentor and alumni of the FoundersPad business accelerator program, and his last startup (The Social Business) was acquired in 2014 by Innovation Garden in New York.
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