Volta Academy helps future founders go from “big idea” to a viable tech-focused startup.

With the support of Volta mentors and founders, participants learn how to test and validate their idea, outline an MVP and grow a scalable startup.

Volta Academy will take place once a week on Mondays from 5:30 – 8:30 for only 11 weeks.

Key dates for the Winter 2018 Volta Academy Session:

  • Applications open: December 11
  • Application deadline: January 17
  • Applicants selected and notified: January 23
  • First session: February 5

 

Cost: $200 ($150 for Volta Network Members)

 

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Sessions will cover the following topics:

Session 1 (February 5) – Business Model 101 – Lean Business Model Canvas

Value Proposition & Customer Validation
Session 2 (February 12) – Identifying the Product Problem Statement and Value Proposition
Session 3 (February 19)  – Customer Segments and Personas

Break – week of February 26

Session 4 (March 5) – Customer Discovery and Validation

Building an MVP through Design Thinking Process
Session 5 (March 12) – MVP Design Thinking: Define a Problem & Ideate a Solution
Session 6 (March 19) – MVP Design Thinking: Prototype & Testing

Break – week of March 26
Break – week of April 2 (Easter Monday)

Week 7 (April 9) – MVP Follow-up: Individual and Group Work on MVP

How to tell your Story to Investors, Partners and Customers
Session 8 (April 16) – Importance of the Pitch: Why it’s Important; Pitch fundamentals, Best and Worst Practices for a Pitch)
Session 9 (April 23) – Visuals/Demos, Knowing your Audience and Building your Own Pitch

Break – week of April 30

Session 10 (May 7) – Practice Pitches & Feedback
Session 11  (May 14) – Business Fundamentals & Wrap-up Party

 

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