• Venture Lab

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    The application process for the spring 2019 Venture Lab course will open in August 2018. We encourage you to sign up for the IEI newsletter and follow us on social media to learn more about upcoming events and opportunities. If you are a New School student eager to connect with potential teammates or further develop your venture concept, check out the Events section of this website for details of our Team Generator Dinners and Workshop this spring!

    A keystone program of the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Venture Lab is designed to support graduate students and upper undergraduates at The New School in developing financially sustainable ventures that address critical societal challenges and demonstrate the potential for scalable impact. Students accepted to the Venture Lab enroll in a semester-long course offered in the spring semester, for which they will receive academic credit. The Venture Lab course will be co-taught by Jen van der Meer, assistant professor of strategic design and management, Parsons School of Design, and the Impact Entrepreneurship Team, which includes Michele Kahane and Elizabeth Werbe.

    The Venture Lab builds on the Lean Launchpad® curriculum taught at Berkeley, Stanford, and a number of other universities and is adapted for social impact ventures. The course will also incorporate systems thinking, customer discovery, design thinking, and values-driven leadership to help student teams on their path toward sustainable revenue and growth. Participants will come away with the tools needed to plan for financial sustainability, address critical societal challenges, and demonstrate the potential for scalable impact.

    Benefits of the Venture Lab

    • Pre-course intensive January 20-21, 2018
    • Weekly class sessions on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:40 p.m. during spring 2018 focused on entrepreneurial skill building. See this course overview (PDF) for more information.
    • Mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs from diverse sectors
    • Access to expert advisors
    • The opportunity to learn with an interdisciplinary group of students from various programs
    • The opportunity to apply for seed funding
    • The opportunity to pitch for prize money
    • The opportunity to connect with the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem in New York City