VVM 2019 Collegiate Cohort VVM & Berthiaume Collegiate Summer Venture Program

Are you part of the 2019 Cohort for VVM’s Collegiate Summer Venture Program? Yes? Awesome!

Congrats for getting accepted into the program! For first time entrepreneurs this’ll be great exposure to the many exciting (and sometimes frightening) things about launching a business and for more seasoned entrepreneurs it’ll serve as a good refresher. For everyone, you’ll be introduced to some really great folks at VVM, The Berthiaume Center, EIR’s, and a really generous team of mentors and alumni to help you along your entrepreneur’s journey. Many of us have been where you are, so we’re all here to provide you support, in hopes that it will help accelerate your professional and venture development, to get your product or service launched quickly into the market.

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Week 1 (May 28-31): Jolt

May 28 – May 31 (T-F):

On Tuesday afternoon, I’ll be meeting up with Pod 1 for a meet-n-greet. On Wednesday morn, I’ll meet with each team, from Pod 1, to go over SMART Goals concept and process for this 10-week summer program. Thursday morning will be spent with each team sharing their planner with the rest of the teams in the pod. On Friday, I’ll be on a panel to share what you can potentially get out of the summer venture program and administer the first standup meeting for Pod 1.

For those who want to enhance their visual appeal of their presentations and make it easier for the audience to consume your message (i.e., pictures being worth a thousand words), you can look to these types of resources to help you visually declutter your slides from excessive text:

Pexels

 

Pixabay

 

Flaticon

 

We did an in-person vote for our pod name and we’re officially calling ourselves Team Serenity (3 out of 5 votes).

 

Week 2 (June 3-7): Customer Discovery

June 4 – June 6 (T-Th):

On Tuesday morning, I’ll be conducting a workshop about storytelling. From all of your customer interviews, you should be accumulating interesting insights that can be used to convey to the wider audience and tailored for specific audiences (i.e., other customers, investors, employees, suppliers, etc.).

For those who attended the storytelling workshop, you can download the presentation in the following link.

Storytelling

 

Week 3 (June 10-14): Value Proposition

Homework

 

Agenda

 

SIF Tickets
Access code: “student”

 

SIF Agenda

 

Slack

 

June 11 – June 13 (T-Th):

On Tuesday, I’ll be administering the sprint planner session with Team Serenity, so everyone can gather feedback and get a better feel of the direction they’re heading. For the Spring Innovation Fest (SIF), Wednesday 10:45am-11:30am, I’ll be on a panel discussing how to get the most out of a startup competition or program. On Thursday, I’ll partake in the Western MA Demo Day and will depart by 2:30pm that day. Since Wednesday is a full day, Zoom video office hours will be limited to only Tuesday for this week.

While attending SIF, I encourage you to network with as many folks as you can and connect with those celebrating the completion of their startup accelerator program participation (i.e., those who are showcasing and presenting as part of the Top 5).

 

Week 4 (June 17-21): Prototyping

June 18 – June 20 (T-Th):

It’s come to my attention that some are finding difficulty in conducting customer discovery interviews (some folks are actually conducting product validation interviews), so on Tuesday I’ll be leading mock interviews so that everyone benefits from what a proper customer interview could look like. For those facing challenges in balancing their time, I’ll be conducting a time management session on Wednesday. Neither of the aforementioned topics are directly related to this week’s theme (i.e., prototyping) but can have an impact in its development.

For those who attended the customer discovery mock interview session, you can download the simple, yet effective approach below and link to Total Addressable Market (TAM), Serviceable Addressable Market (SAM), and Serviceable Obtainable Market (SOM) article.

Interview Approach

 

TAM, SAM, SOM

 

For those who attended the time management session, you can download the list of frameworks I use below and links to opportunity cost and OODA (observe, orient, decide, act) loop articles.

Time Mgmt Framworks

 

Oppy Cost (Fin)

 

Oppy Cost (Examples)

 

OODA Loop

 

For those who pitched in front of the whole cohort, your presentation video recording can be downloaded from the link below (URL expires in seven days):

Video Links

 

Week 5 (June 24-28): Newton Week

June 25 – June 27 (T-Th):

I will not be joining you for Newton Week but I look forward to hearing about some of the cool places, people, and discussions during the trip!

 

Week 6 (July 1-5): Out of Office Customer Discovery

July 2 – July 3 (T-W):

This week will be out of office customer discovery, which means you should get out of the building and talk to your customers in-person. You can’t learn anything about what you think they want until you actually talk to them and develop a relationship.

I will also make myself available for zoom calls before the holiday, so feel free to book some time with me.

 

Week 7 (July 8-12): Marketing

July 9 – July 11 (T-Th):

On Tuesday, I’ll be conducting a workshop on competitive analysis and go-to-market (GTM) strategy. From your customer interviews, you should be gathering a lot of useful data/information to help you: 1) refine your product/service to be properly contextualized among your competitors; and 2) understand your customers’ journeys, which determines how you approach your GTM strategy.

For those who attended the competitive analysis and GTM strategy workshop, you can download the presentation in the following link.

Analysis & GTM

 

For those who practiced their pitch before community night, your presentation video recording can be downloaded from the link below (URL expires in seven days):

Video Links

 

For those who practiced their pitch after community night, your presentation video recording can be downloaded from the link below (URL expires in seven days):

Video Links

 

Week 8 (July 15-19): Financials

July 16 – July 18 (T-Th):

On Thursday, I’ll be conducting a workshop on financing through debt and how to build business credit. There’s a lot of focus on equity-based financing, surrounding general startup financing options, but this focuses on an alternative that is often used but infrequently discussed as a non-dilutive consideration for early stage venture planning.

For those who attended the debt financing and credit building workshop, you can download the presentation in the following link.

Debt & Credit

 

For those who didn’t wear a flamingo shirt on Thursday, don’t worry. I got you covered.

 

Week 9 (July 22-26): Prep for Finals

July 23 – July 25 (T-Th):

On Tuesday, I’ll be providing some feedback to the cohort, during our last full week together. This session will be bittersweet, as it was great to see you all grow and develop into more confident versions of yourselves – both professionally and personally speaking.

For those who pitched in front of the whole cohort, your presentation video recording can be downloaded from the link below (URL expires in seven days):

Video Links

 

Week 10 (July 29-30): Finals

Homework

 

Agenda

 

Slack

 

CSVP Final Week

 

July 29 – July 30 (M-T):

On Monday, I’ll be cheering you all on, while you’re giving your final pitch! I’m very proud for how far you all have come, in honing your ideas into more viable business ventures and for developing yourselves into a better version of you. I will also be attending the bar-b-cue on Tuesday to celebrate this milestone of yours and share my thoughts during the postmortem.

 

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