We are excited to share that Startup Weekend is partnering with Startup America to host a special edition of NEXT at SXSW Interactive! We are offering ten startups enrollment in an abbreviated four-day version led by Steve Blank on March 4th-17th.
Startups participating in the SXSW NEXT program will receive hands-on feedback, including morning program sessions and one-on-one mentoring. The teams will then spend their days engaging potential customers, honing their business model, participating in office hours and receiving invaluable feedback from investors, media and large corporations.
Our NEXT: Customer Discovery program is an educational course with a comprehensive curriculum rooted in Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology, built around in-person interactions with potential customers and delivered by an accredited NEXT instructor. The five-week program is dedicated to immersing participants in the customer discovery phase. While not a required prerequisite, NEXT makes an excellent complement to Startup Weekend for those looking to continue the momentum and further execute their business plans. Already in 43 international cities, NEXT is comprised of a series of video lectures and weekly-three hour workshops with instructors and mentors including Steve Case, Ben Huh, Jason Cohen and Bob Dorf.
So far, the list of coaches and mentors for SXSW includes:
- Steve Blank, Customer Development, Stanford
- Bob Dorf, Startup Owner’s Manual, Columbia Business School
- Farb Nivi, Grockit /Learnist
- Scott Case, Startup America
- Erick Schonfeld, DEMO
- David Tisch, Managing Partner at BoxGroup
- Eric Koester, Zaarly
- Ingrid Vanderbilt, EIR Dell
- Jason Cohen – Capital Thought
- Ben Huh, Cheezburger
- Nick Grossman, USV
- Amy Millman, Springboard
- Ben Milne, Dwolla
Interested in NEXT at SXSW? Submit your application and video telling us why you and your startup should participate at www.swnext.co/sxsw/. The application deadline is Friday, March 1st. For a full schedule of events taking place at Startup America LIVE, please visit www.s.co/sxsw/program. See you in Texas!