Two semesters ago I introduced some lean startup ideas/examples in the New Venture Creation class I teach to undergraduates. Many of the students enjoyed the concepts. In mid november 2011 we hosted a Global Entrepreneurship Week event that featured GMU student startup turned INC 500 member ROCS Staffing and also discussed lean startup ideas. The attendance was small, but we learned and measured and found a few folks at the event and through marketing the event that our GMU community had many entrepreneurial minded people.
Moreover, many found the ideas of Ries, Blank, Osterwalder, and others intriguing. In December we launched StartUp Mason on Facebook and held a few ‘open houses’ or discussions about engaging in a peer to peer learning session with each participant actively attempting to validate an idea and find a sustainable business model. Through the efforts of the great people at Mason, in the emerging DC startup community, and great support from the innovators at the The Foundry we are moving forward.
Things have come together nicely over the past 6 weeks and have our first meeting on Friday February 3, 2012. (If you’d like to follow this lean experiment in entrepreneurship education and action sign up for our newsletter)
I will post updates as this experiment moves forward and our members get out of the building.