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Student Innovation Idea Labs

iStartup Academy

The iStartup Academy walks you through the process of launching a new idea. In this program, you will receive training from our faculty and industry partners, who will provide you with valuable insights and first-hand accounts into the world of product development and building a business from the ground up. We welcome everyone who has a desire to learn.  Since we start at identifying potential customers and proposing solutions that meet their needs and wants, you do not need to have a current idea or team to participate. 

The 2021-22 program is divided into two parts:   

  • The first eight weeks – developing ideas, generating solutions, and getting to the prototype so that you can write a business brief about your idea.  
  • The second eight weeks – Completing customer research, building a minimum viable product, completing a Business Model Canvas and presenting your idea in a typical business pitch format. 

The iStartup Academy has been the starting point for startups such as Pirüli Design and Azuza Beverage. 

Digital Badging 

Students completing the first eight weeks and submitting a business brief will be acknowledged with completing the Bronze level of the Entrepreneurship Badge - a digital credential that you can share on your resume as well as ePortfolios and professional social media pages.  Those who complete the second eight week and submit their completed Business Model Canvas and Pitch deck will receive the Silver level Entrepreneurship badge.  Get involved and you learn how to earn the gold level! 


This year we are grateful for the support of Dr. Edward Clancy and Constance Tappan Clancy.  Dr. Clancy is a former Engineering faculty and department chair at Cal Poly Pomona, as well as a patent attorney who wanted his gift to support student innovation projects.