Holland & Knight
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.

DESIGNATION
DESIGNATION is a design bootcamp that trains people of all experience levels to be UI/UX designers over 12 weeks in Chicago. The program is a fast paced, high intensity experience that immerses students in a creative, collaborate environment in order to produce extraordinary results in a highly concentrated timeframe.

Pasquesi Partners
Pasquesi Partners LLC is a boutique firm offering a modern approach to accounting and tax services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Personal attention, responsiveness and quality are the cornerstones of our relationships. We simplify the lives of individuals and small business owners and take care of the accounting, taxes, bookkeeping, payroll, and billing so they can focus on what will grow their business. Pasquesi Partners use secure cloud based technologies so business owners know the financial status of their business.

100Vets

 

Through the 100 Vets Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from each chapter will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.


Veterans and active service members possess the work ethic, high character, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the 100 Vets Fellowship.

Through this Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Learn more about the program at http://FI.co/vets.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the 100 Vets Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, June 5th, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 100 Vets Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the 100 Vets Fellowship.



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


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...

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...

Emerson Spartz
CEO, Dose

Emerson Spartz is one of the world's leading experts on internet virality and has been featured in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New Yorker, CBS, CNBC, and CNN. As the CEO of Dose, the company behind Dose.com and OMG Facts, he runs one of the ...

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