PayPal Startup Blueprint, by PayPal, is a global program that provides innovative startups with tools needed to grow and succeed. 

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and other professionals in 20 U.S. offices, as well as Bogotá and Mexico City. Among the nation's largest law firms, Holland & Knight provides representation in business, litigation, real estate and governmental law. Our Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Team advises a broad array of emerging companies on a local, national and global scale through each stage of their life cycles.  Our clients are engaged in a variety of technology-related industries.

Research and Customer Development

Chicago Autumn 2014 Semester

What research can you do to validate or to kill an idea? Does the market that you choose matter? What are good markets, and what are bad markets? Do competitors matter and why? How do you define your competitive landscape? How do you determine the key assumptions of your business? Can key assumptions be tested? What are tactics to test key assumptions when you just have an idea? How do you identify and interview potential customers? What are some tactics for effective surveying?

Goal:
Test your ideas with research.

Date:
2014-10-21, 06:30 PM

Mentors


8.33
Seyi Fabode
VP, Innovation & Partnerships, Clean Energy Trust

Seyi Fabode is the VP of Innovation & Partnerships at the Clean Energy Trust (CET), charged with administering the CET's fund and helping CET Challenge alumni/investments grow their businesses. Prior to this he was the CEO/Co-founder of Power2Switch acquired by Choose Ene...

8.20
Rajesh Voddiraju
Founder & CEO, HealthiPASS Inc

Rajesh is the founder & CEO of a new Healthcare Mobile Payments Startup aimed at providing transparency into cost of care and convenience to reduce administrative inefficiencies (& cost) in disbursements/payment processing in the Healthcare system. Previously, Rajesh c...

8.83
Emerson Spartz
CEO, Spartz Media

Emerson Spartz is best-known for founding MuggleNet, the #1 Harry Potter website, at the age of 12. Currently CEO of Spartz Media, one of the fastest-growing companies in Chicago. The Spartz Media Network - including OMG Facts, GivesMeHope, and more - receives 10 million ...

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