The EPIC Founders Accelerating 2020s Program is specifically designed for startups and early stage businesses that are ready to take their innovative ideas to market. Today’s economy requires businesses to be agile and find new and creative ways to compete. In this program, ventures will utilize an immersive approach to the Lean Startup Methodology to bring their new product to reality.
This program is not just for physical inventions; new or unique digital ideas are welcome as well! As long as you are in a position to take your validated idea and turn it into something your customers can potentially see, hold, or interact with; this program is for you!
The 4-month program is split into 2 phases:
Phase 1 – Customer Discovery and Problem-Solution fit
The best way to find out what your customers’ pain-points are and how you can help them is by talking to them! In this phase, ventures will learn how to gain insight from potential customers (and competition) through hands-on training in survey creation and implementation, interview techniques, and focus groups. Startups will also learn how to analyse their findings and turn that information into actionable adjustments to their proposed idea / invention. These will be the first steps towards their first minimum viable product (MVP) or prototype.
Phase 2 – Prototype Creation and Market Validation
In the second phase, ventures will take what they have learned and apply it to the creation and refinement of a prototype/MVP. This might be a 3D printed model, a full-scale mock-up, or a digital rendering. Ventures will also learn how to evaluate their product-market fit by testing their prototype / MVP with potential customers. During this phase the startups will get guidance from industry members in their field to help them bring their creation from an idea to a tangible product. Participants will have access to the EPIC Marker’s Base as part of this program (Covid-19 regulations permitting).
This program is valued at over $7,500 and is 100% free of cost to all participants. Now is your opportunity to build and test your ideas; start by applying today!