• Venture Lab

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    A keystone program of the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Venture Lab is designed to support graduate students and upper-level 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, for which they receive academic credit. The Venture Lab course is taught by Jen van der Meer, assistant professor of strategic design and management, Parsons School of Design, with support from 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 numerous other universities, yet is adapted for social impact ventures. The course incorporates systems thinking, customer discovery, design thinking, and values-driven leadership to support teams on their path toward sustainable revenue and growth. Participants 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 before the semester begins in January
    • Weekly class sessions during the spring semester focused on entrepreneurial skill development. See this course overview (PDF) for more information.
    • Mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, advisors, and faculty
    • Access to subject-matter experts
    • The opportunity to learn among 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