2021 Program Dates (Friday Aug 6 - Friday Aug 20)

Starting Blocks is a 2-day workshop with customer interviews designed to help scientists and engineers of all types find a market for their innovations. The core concept encourages inventors to get out of the lab and talk to industry decision-makers to find out what problem the industry needs their product to solve.

This is the shortest, “introductory” version of the National Science Foundation's I-Corps™ methodology, which helps inventors build a customer discovery toolkit and learn to talk to industry and business funders about their technologies. Starting Blocks leverages the nationally-recognized Lean LaunchPad methodology, specifically designed for university researchers commercializing their inventions.

The program consists of:

  • Two half-day lectures on customer discovery and interviewing
  • Five to 10 interviews during the week done in a target industry
  • Weekly check-in meetings with staff and mentors

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Collin Bunch at collin.bunch@colorado.edu.