Startup Ideation Bootcamp: How to Say No to One Idea and Move on to Another
Have an idea for a business, but don't know where to start? The Digital October Center is hosting the next in a series of informational seminars leading up to the Russian launch of a training program from The Founder Institute, the world’s largest startup accelerator.
In previous info sessions, participants discussed how Russian entrepreneurs could tap into a global network of business contacts and learned the art of the short presentation from FI Moscow's resident mentors.
At the April 1st session of Founder Institute’s Ideation Bootcamp, participants won't just listen to and talk about pitches; they’ll analyze their own business ideas, too.
This 3-hour-long workshop will help you to:
- Develop your idea or understand why it won't work – so you can come up with a new one;
- Figure what your next move should be;
- And maybe even find some like-minded people to help you build your new start-up.
You'll learn how to tell a good idea from a bad one using some fundamental criteria: market opinion, organic growth potential, and monetization models.
Dmitry Repin, FI Moscow’s resident mentor and CEO of Digital October, will help workshop participants learn the right way to search out and evaluate ideas.
Dmitry Repin holds degrees from the National Research Nuclear University and Boston University, and was a senior researcher at MIT's Sloan School of Management. He has a strong background in the academic sector. From 2004 to 2009, he was a professor at the Higher School of Economics at the National Research University, where he was founder and head of HSE Inc., a business incubator project. After that, he served as Director of Startup Projects at the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, where he was also an instructor. Since January of 2011, he has served as General Director of Digital October, a center for new technology and technological entrepreneurship. He is also on the board of directors of several startups and non-profit associations.
Maria Adamian and Peter Tatischev, co-directors of The Founder Institute, will also be on hand to tell you more about enrollment in FI’s training program.
If you’d like to work at a start-up, or if you have an idea for a project that you’d like feedback on, Ideation Bootcamp is for you! This event is free of charge; all you have to do is register.
1. Opening remarks, presentation on The Founder Institute’s training program
2. Ideation: how to come up with an idea for a start-up
3. Ideation Bootcamp: brainstorming business ideas
4. Pitches and discussion
On the Founder Institute:
In the three years of the accelerator's existence, the Founder Institute has helped in the launch of over 650 projects from all the world's inhabited continents. FI is an international network of more than 20 accelerators and 800 experts that aim at giving young entrepreneurs access to best practices that have already been tested by leading Silicon Valley companies.
The director of Founder Institute Moscow:
Maria Adamian is a supervisor of the Digital October center of new technologies and technological entrepreneurship and earlier headed the NIU VShE business incubator. Organizer of the conferences TechCrunch Moscow, Life in Technology, and La Conference Luxe & Digital. Received an MBA degree at Seattle University; graduated from Tomsk State University.
Peter Tatischev is a supervisor of the Digital October center of new technologies and technological entrepreneurship and cofounder of GreenfieldProject. In 2011-2012, headed the InCube business incubator at the Academy of the People's Economy. Before this, created several successful and failure busineses. An alumnus of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.