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Student Innovation Idea Labs

Workshops

Current Workshops

iStartup Academy Kickoff

via Zoom

Start: Sept 30, 2021, 5:00 PM
End:  Sept 30, 2021, 6:00 PM

Do you have an innovative idea that has the potential to change daily tasks or our way of life? Want to learn how to take that special idea and turn it into a reality?

The Student Innovation Idea Labs (SIIL) wants you to be a part of our iStartup Academy! The iStartup Academy was created with the purpose of providing students with the training, resources, and connections to help you launch your idea into the marketplace.

 Join us for our kickoff event to learn more about the program

 

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Intellectual Property Workshop

via Zoom

Start: October 7, 2021, 5:00 PM
End:  October 7, 2021, 6:00 PM

This workshop is designed to provide you with knowledge about trademarks, patents, copyrights, internet law, disputes, resolutions and much more in order to help you protect your most creative innovations.

 

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Mapping Value to Customer Needs

via Zoom

Start: October 14, 2021, 12:00 PM
End:  October 14, 2021, 1:00 PM

This workshop is designed to help you identify all the benefits your product or services have to offer. You will then identify your customer’s main problem your value proposition helps solve. By connecting this value to your buyer’s challenges, your value proposition will become clearer.

 

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Customer Discovery

via Zoom

Start: October 28, 2021, 12:00 PM
End:  October 28, 2021, 1:00 PM

The main objective of customer discovery is to help you identify your first customers by testing your assumptions about who your customer is, the exact problem you are solving for the customer, and how the customer will buy from you.

 

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Competitor Analysis

via Zoom

Start: November 4, 2021, 12:00 PM
End: November 4, 2021, 1:00 PM

A competitive analysis is a strategy where you identify major competitors and research their products, sales, and marketing strategies in order to improve upon them and identify potential opportunities where you can out-perform them

 

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Market & Patent Research

via Zoom

Start: November 11, 2021, 12:00 PM
End: November 11, 2021, 1:00 PM

This workshop is designed to teach you how to conduct market research using IBIS World and other library databases as well as the opportunity to learn patent research methods using some of the free tools that are available online.

 

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Recorded Webinars

iStartup Kickoff Fall 2021

Do you have an innovative idea that has the potential to change daily tasks or our way of life? Want to learn how to take that special idea and turn it into a reality?

The Student Innovation Idea Labs (SIIL) wants you to be a part of our iStartup Academy! The iStartup Academy was created with the purpose of providing students with the training, resources, and connections to help you launch your idea into the marketplace.

Startup: A Guide to Starting Anything

Part 1 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop series.

This workshop will introduce you to the foundations of entrepreneurship with an overview of the workshop series as well as the process of starting your own business.

Understanding the Business Model Canvas

Part 2 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop series.

In this workshop you will learn about the Business Model Canvas (BMC): a tool that will help you design your business models that have a competitive edge, leverage opportunities in your environment and test your ideas through experiments with customers.

Intellectual Property (IP) Workshop

Part 3 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop series.

The Intellectual Property (IP) workshop was created to provide you with knowledge about trademarks, patents, copyrights, internet law, disputes, resolutions and much more in order to help you protect your most creative innovations.

Customer Discovery - Part I

Part 4 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop series.

The main objective of customer discovery is to identify your first customers by testing your assumptions about who your customer is, the exact problem you are solving for the customer, and how the customer will buy from you.

Competitor Analysis

Part 5 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop series.

A competitive analysis is a strategy where you identify major competitors and research their products, sales, and marketing strategies in order to improve upon them and identify potential opportunities where you can out-perform them.

Customer Discovery - Part II

Part 6 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop series.

During the second session of customer discovery, we will go more in-depth on how to conduct customer interviews and prepare questions to ask a potential customer.

Crowdfunding

Part 7 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop series.

Crowdfunding is the process of raising money from a large number of people in order to fund a project, a company, or a cause. In this workshop, we talk about how successful crowdfunding campaigns are executed.

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Building Your Pitch Deck

Part 8 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop Series

Building your Pitch Deck is a workshop on what you should include in your presentation to investors.  This will cover the key information you need to have ready on the screen and in your presentation notes.  

Pitching Your Idea to Investors

Part 9 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop Series

This workshop is designed to teach you how to prepare a pitch and sell your idea. You will practice how to present your thoughts clearly and learn the do's and don'ts of pitching your idea to investors!

The Phase Gate Process - New Product Introduction

Part 10 of the Entrepreneurial Workshop Series

The phase-gate process is ideal for projects that involve teams across multiple departments, and is typically used for new product developments, software/app/website launches and business-wide changes.

 

Past Workshops

Innovation Weekend

Spring 2021 | 1 Session | via Zoom

Start: Apr 08, 2021, 7:00 PM
End:  Apr 10, 2021, 6:00 PM

Pomona Innovation Weekend is a FREE, two day, learn-by-doing campus workshop that teaches new venture creation skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. This workshop will allow you to experience what it takes to turn a bright idea into a for-profit, nonprofit, or social venture.

This year, students will work in teams to develop a frugal innovation that can be implemented in a disadvantaged community. This design sprint will challenge students to tackle complex problems a community is facing through collaboration and rapid prototyping.

Entrepreneurial Workshop Series

Spring 2021 | 13 Sessions | via Zoom

Start: Jan 12, 2021, 12:00 PM
End:  Apr 06, 2021, 1:00 PM

This spring semester, the Student Innovation Idea Labs (SIIL) wants to support you through your journey to build your own business through our Entrepreneurial Workshop Series. These workshops are designed to help you understand the foundations of launching your business and develop a entrepreneurial mindset. 

We hope that our students and those part of the Cal Poly Pomona community take advantage of these FREE workshops to further develop their ideas that can help their communities and the world.

*Webinar recordings available

Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Fall 2018 | 1 Session | @ Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major

Start: Nov 07, 2018, 11:30 AM
End:  Nov 07, 2018, 8:00 PM

Cal Poly Pomona and the Student Innovation Idea Lab will join the United Nations and women in 144 countries to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), a global movement created to empower and engage women of all ages through innovation and collaboration.

Join us for stories of determined women delivered by keynote speakers, a discussion from a panel that made their ideas and innovations a reality, interactive workshops, and a vendor’s fair. The event is open to everyone!