Online Workshop
Social Ventures Lab
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What is the EPIC Lab?

The EPIC Lab is a free virtual classroom for University and College Social Entrepreneurship engineering and business programs that will help students facilitate social venture startup ideas and prepare interested student teams to submit their social venture concepts for EPIC2020, the End Poverty Innovation Challenge.  

 

The EPIC Lab and EPIC2020 is produced by the Social Ventures Foundation, a non profit 501 c3 non-partisan, non-secular organization whose mission is:

 

“To create markets at the “Bottom of the Pyramid” by facilitating the development of social ventures that employ the poor to deliver social impact to the poor at a price the poor can afford.”

 

The EPIC Lab’s mission is to enhance your impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world, by engaging student social entrepreneurs to develop sustainable social ventures to tackle the UN’s number one goal: #1 “No Poverty”* and other “No Poverty” related goals including #2 Zero Hunger, #3 Good Health and Wellbeing, #4 Quality Education #5 Gender Equality # 6 Clean Water and Sanitation #7 Affordable and Clean Energy and # 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth.  

 

The EPIC Lab is a 10-week virtual bootcamp that teaches idea creation, R+D, market research, proof of concept, and strategic partnership fundamentals for aspiring social venture teams and founders.  

 

Validate your social venture startup idea and get traction.

Most social venture startups fail because they are not able to sustain a product or a service profitably and at scale.  

 

The EPIC Lab will teach you how to:

  • Develop a founder passion driven mindset needed to be a top-performing social entrepreneur  

  • Brainstorm a social venture idea which meets a compelling need that the poor have

  • Market research the heck out of it to make sure your idea meets real market needs 

  • Do a thorough customer development strategy and crisply articulate a customer persona 

  • Develop your proposed product or service to minimize costs and improve outcomes

  • Develop business intuition around common sales and market tools and: 

    • Sales cycle length

    • Unit economics 

    • Promising customer acquisition channels

  • Develop a set of excel spread sheets that can demonstrate your venture’s sustainability 

  • Design the proof of concept and road test it to affirm it has what it takes.

  • Developing a scaling strategy utilizing strategic partners and customers  

  • Create a great pitch using power point and video for prospective social impact investors, angels and others. 

 

How does the EPIC Lab work?

The course is designed to help you learn social venture startup tactics through a variety of channels. 

 

The format of the course will be...

  • Live Video education including lessons and live Q&As with mentors

  • In-depth group discussions and workshops in small numbers

  • Structured assignments with feedback to keep you and your team on the right track

 

You can expect...

  • An intimate passionate community of social entrepreneurship students from both undergraduate and graduate Colleges and Universities at the same stage

  • To learn from experienced Social Venture startup founders and Special Guest Speakers from the worlds of Finance, International Development, and Business.

  • Experimentation, iteration, and validation – Lean Startup methods and  imbed them into your social venture!

 

Who is EPIC Lab For?

 

Social Entrepreneurship Students

You have a class or a major that relates to Social Entrepreneurship. You are working with a team. You want to learn how to take the next steps from idea to scaling a social venture.

 

Aspiring MBAs and Engineering Students wanting to change the world

You're going to business or engineering school so you can work on your ideas, learn business skills, and network with others. But you’re not finding as many students who are passionate about making a difference in the world as you are.  

 

Intrapreneurs

You are studying at a university that may not offer you all that you need to know about social entrepreneurship.   You want to learn how to be more socially entrepreneurial and launch a new social venture that will make a difference. 

 

What is the EPIC Lab Schedule?

Each week includes one or two student social venture presentations for lab feedback, a founder of a scaled social venture to understand what it takes, and a special guest speaker from the financial, corporate, investment, or development fields to get professional insights about building a social venture.   All presentations will be accompanied by a live audience Q&A session.

What is the EPIC Lab Curriculum?

 

Student social venture presentations:

Each week Lab-selected Students will pitch their social venture ideas to get feedback from experts prior to submitting their applications for EPIC 2020. What a concept to get a leg up on possibly winning an award.  What a way to get professional advice on how to make your social venture outstanding.  

 

Social venture founders who have scaled:

Each week hear from Social Venture Founders who have scaled and hear their stories about what it takes (and how long it takes) to create and scale an outstanding social venture.  Founders will discuss:  Dealing with failure, Prioritization, Communicating expectations, Motivating your team.... and more!

 

Special Speakers from the social impact worlds of finance, investment, public relations, international development and more will address a variety of important topics related to social venturing. 

  • Validation of your Business Model Lean Startup methodology, Criteria for business ideas. Customer persona and discovery tactics. Intro to unit economics

  • Customer Acquisition Overview of customer acquisition strategies, Analyzing customer feedback, Setting up funnels and cohort analysis. 

  • Sales, Marketing and Social Media Techniques  Predictable Revenue methodology, Repeatable lead generation. Using a CRM, sales tools, Growing your team. Customer interviews, Social Media and Adds, Raising Money: Copywriting, Cold emails, cold calls, and Closing techniques

 

Who is EPIC Lab For?

Social Entrepreneurship Students

You have a class or a major that relates to Social Entrepreneurship. You are working with a team. You want to learn how to take the next steps from idea to scaling a social venture.

 

Aspiring MBAs and Engineering Students wanting to change the world

You're going to business or engineering school so you can work on your ideas, learn business skills, and network with others. But you’re not finding as many students who are passionate about making a difference in the world as you are.  

 

Intrapreneurs

You are studying at a university that may not offer you all that you need to know about social entrepreneurship.   You want to learn how to be more socially entrepreneurial and launch a new social venture that will make a difference. 

 

What is the EPIC Lab Schedule?

Each week includes one or two student social venture presentations for lab feedback, a founder of a scaled social venture to understand what it takes, and a special guest speaker from the financial, corporate, investment, or development fields to get professional insights about building a social venture.   All presentations will be accompanied by a live audience Q&A session.

What is the EPIC Lab Curriculum?

 

Student social venture presentations:

Each week Lab-selected Students will pitch their social venture ideas to get feedback from experts prior to submitting their applications for EPIC 2020. What a concept to get a leg up on possibly winning an award.  What a way to get professional advice on how to make your social venture outstanding.  

 

Social venture founders who have scaled:

Each week hear from Social Venture Founders who have scaled and hear their stories about what it takes (and how long it takes) to create and scale an outstanding social venture.  Founders will discuss:  Dealing with failure, Prioritization, Communicating expectations, Motivating your team.... and more!

 

Special Speakers from the social impact worlds of finance, investment, public relations, international development and more will address a variety of important topics related to social venturing. 

  • Validation of your Business Model Lean Startup methodology, Criteria for business ideas. Customer persona and discovery tactics. Intro to unit economics

  • Customer Acquisition Overview of customer acquisition strategies, Analyzing customer feedback, Setting up funnels and cohort analysis. 

  • Sales, Marketing and Social Media Techniques  Predictable Revenue methodology, Repeatable lead generation. Using a CRM, sales tools, Growing your team. Customer interviews, Social Media and Adds, Raising Money: Copywriting, Cold emails, cold calls, and Closing techniques

  

When is the deadline to apply?

→ The latest that we hope to receive your application is Friday, September 25, 2020. However, make sure to apply early as we will be making admissions on a rolling basis, so spots may fill up even by the deadline.

How is the EPIC Lab different from an accelerator program?

→ Unlike accelerators, we don't take any equity in your social venture to participate in this course... though we can't promise that the Social Ventures Foundation won't want to invest in the future!

 

What is the time commitment?

→ You should expect to spend 1 hour each week on the EPIC Lab. The Lab invite for each week will be shared once you’ve been accepted into the program and you attend all labs.

 

Can my co-founder or other team members join the program?

→ Yes. The more the merrier.

 

What if I’m not based in the US?

→ The Epic Lab is open to anyone from anywhere in the world. We will record every session so if you can’t make it due to time zone issues, you’ll still have access to the same information.

 

Will my lab participation help give me a better chance to pitch the EPIC 2020?

→ We think so.  We are serving up experiential education from “doers” not talkers or critics.  You involvement will give you the tools to improve your social venture and that should give you an edge on those who don’t attend.  

 

Will my social venture pitch at a lab help give me a better chance to pitch the EPIC 2020?

Student team pitches presented at weekly lab sessions will be critiqued by professionals right after the pitch.    While the Lab is run by our education team, and not any judges, it makes sense that the better your pitch becomes the better chance you will have at the EPIC 2020 main event in December.

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