What do microscopes, lasers & greener jeans have in common?
Students from Berkeley Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, UC Berkeley Fung Institute For Engineering Leadership, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology – SCET & Haas School of Business – UC Berkeley formed teams and took the projects through a full semester of Lean Launchpad.
Each team did ~85 customer discovery interviews and had multiple pivots. A common learning theme for all of the projects was best summarized by the final team, “Having the best technology in the world doesn’t make it any easier to create a sustainable business.”
Students are still smiling, though, and are ready to apply their new skills to the next entrepreneurial challenge.
Special thanks to our colleagues UC Berkeley IPIRA and all of the Bakar Fellows inventors and grad students who provided an unmatchable learning experience for the students.
Most special thanks for the support from NSF I-Corps funding and my fellow volunteer co-instructors Errol Arkilic (M34 Capital) & Darren Cooke (Torvents, Life Science Angels) and to GSI Chinmay Malaviya for making this experiment happen.