Venture School is designed to accelerate the startup process while increasing your chance for success.
What is Venture School?
The Venture School Program is designed to aid aspiring entrepreneurs in accelerating the startup process through real-world experimentation and valuable mentor feedback. The University of Iowa provides three Venture School options to best serve each entrepreneur whether they are a member of the community, a student, or a University of Iowa faculty member. Venture School for entrepreneurs is a 6-7 week program and is open to community members. For students, we offer the Student Accelerator Program which lasts for 8 weeks over the summer. The third option and latest addition to Venture School is the Faculty Innovators Program, a shortened, 4-week version of Venture School which serves as an introduction to the tech transfer process and a gateway for University faculty members to advance to the national level with the NSF I-Corps program.
NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Curriculum
– The state of Iowa’s ONLY I-Corps site –
Venture School instructors have attended the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lean LaunchPad training. This approach focuses on flipped classroom teaching, lean methodologies and customer discovery by utilizing Steve Blank’s resources.
- View a sample Venture School cohort schedule (download)
New! We are now running an online version of Venture School! More details coming soon!