Entrepreneurship Lab

The Entrepreneurship Lab

The Startup Bootstrap Seminar and Workshop


Created by an Entrepreneur for Entrepreneurs 

Now inviting companies, university students, high school students and adults aged 13-99 to our 2018 programs.


THE ENTREPRENEURS MANTRA:

 

“I do, therefore I am.”™

I BELIEVE
“I believe that entrepreneurs are made, sometimes out of necessity and sometimes out of desire. I believe that the best way to learn is a combination of 1) hearing the stories of how others have done it and 2) actually rolling-up your sleeves and doing it. That’s why I created the Entrepreneurship Lab, to share my stories and those of others and to give you a very hands-on experience so that you learn by doing.

I believe everyone can bootstrap themselves to success. You just need to be shown the tools, how others have used them and then adapt them to fulfill your dreams.

Come join me on this great journey. Even if you don’t become an entrepreneur, you’ll never look at life in the same way.”

— Patrick Kedziora, Founder, Boilingice and the eLab

WHAT IS BOOTSTRAP
boot·strap

/bo͞otˌstrap/

noun
1. a loop at the rear top of a boot, used to pull it on.

verb
1. get (oneself or something) into or out of a situation using few or just existing resources.
“She’s bootstrapping herself out of a difficult financial situation”

adjective
1. (of a person or project) using one’s own resources.
“Oprah Winfrey started with nothing and bootstrapped herself up the entrepreneurial ladder to great success.”

LEARN TO THINK AND ACT LIKE AN ENTREPRENEUR
The world is rapidly changing. In the future, innovation and entrepreneurship are what will distinguish those who lead. Leaders believe in action and learn by doing. These are skills that can be taught and learned. This is what we do at the Entrepreneurship Lab: we share our entrepreneurial experience with you and you learn by “doing“.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Are you someone who thinks he or she might want to develop something that will improve people’s lives?
  • Do you want to be better prepared for the future?
  • Have you ever thought you’d like to change the world and make it better?
  • Do you want a career with more meaning?
  • Do you want to change your life?
  • Do you want your company to develop or grow its culture of innovation?

If you answered yes to any of these, then this hands-on workshop is for you – whether you’re a social entrepreneur or a commercial/traditional entrepreneur we teach you the skills you need to be successful.

WHAT IS THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAB?
The eLab is a one-day to three-day Startup Boot Camp.

It is also available as a weekend-long corporate innovation retreat to several months long for secondary school and university entrepreneurship programs.

Designed by entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on action and getting things done; this is a hands-on, learn-by-doing program that teaches the mindsets, toolkits, and processes of successful entrepreneurship.

THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES WE FOLLOW

  • “L’audace, toujours l’audace.” – George Danton: Always stretch yourself, go beyond the usual expectations, be bold, be prepared to break the rules, follow your own path in life, and be different.
  • Ethics: Be forthright, be fair and be honest.

A video clip about Entrepreneurship and L’Audace

 

THE PREREQUISITES
A strong desire to make a difference in the world and to do something meaningful with your life.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAB
This boot camp takes people interested in entrepreneurship on a learning journey that will cover the key concepts and principles of the entire entrepreneurial journey. Amongst the topics covered you’ll learn: 1) what it takes to be an entrepreneur, 2) how to come up with your idea, 3) how to turn your idea into a reality (with little or no funds), 4) how to validate your idea in the market, and 5) how to pitch your idea to your team, your customers, and your investors with a mini-Demo-Day at the end.

The workshop is a combination of lecture and discussions, with a heavy focus on hands-on exercises; so participants actually live the experience of being an entrepreneur.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IF YOU ARE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM – HOW TO:

  • Think like an entrepreneur
  • Create a start-up with little or no funding
  • Spot opportunities, ideas, and trends
  • Get your idea off the ground
  • Craft your idea so it gets customers
  • Design like Picasso and Steve Jobs
  • Build a successful team
  • Persuade customers, partners, employees, and investors

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM:

  • Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.
  • Designed by entrepreneurs for corporate executives.
  • Designed by entrepreneurs for young adults exploring the world of entrepreneurship as a career choice.
  • Learn how to create a culture of innovation in your organization.
  • Learn how to design your product quickly at no or little cost.
  • Learn how to make winning designs.
  • Learn how to create a business without the need to raise money.
  • Learn how to create a business that attracts money from investors.
  • Learn how to get free money.
  • Learn how to create a winning team.
  • Learn how to get talent worth $200,000 for less than $25,000.
  • Learn how to get free talent.
  • Learn how to do more with less.
  • Learn how to get to profitability as quickly as possible.
  • Learn how to make a Minimum Viable Product (that valuable and often talked about MVP) and sell it without actually building it.
  • Learn how to find money-making opportunities that others have ignored.
  • Learn how to sell something you don’t have.
  • Learn how to make money.
  • Learn how to be successful.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE PROGRAM

  1. What it means to be an entrepreneur
    • Business person vs an entrepreneur
    • Wantrepreneur vs entrepreneur
    • Corporate innovation vs entrepreneurship
    • Emotional fortitude – Going beyond the numbers: What it takes to be an entrepreneur – the importance of all the non-numbers.
    • Regular entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship
    • Women and men
    • Ethics
  2. Team building
    • Co-founders
    • Team evolution
    • Ownership interests
    • Culture
    • Mentors and advisors
  3. Ideation
    • What problem do you solve?
    • Niches
    • Trends
    • Design thinking
    • Blue ocean strategies
    • Copycat entrepreneurship
    • User innovation
    • How to be creative – the importance of play
    • The dangers of trusting your gut
  4. MVP and competitive advantage
    • Lean startup methodology – plusses and minuses
    • Validation
    • The 5 whys
    • MVP
    • Competitive matrix analysis
    • Unique value proposition
  5. Product testing and customer feedback

    • How to test a product you haven’t built
    • Confirmation bias
  6. Selling your product – Business model and Selling
    • Business model vs. revenue model
    • Blogs, ecommerce
    • Revenue model (i.e. B2B, B2C, B2B2C …)
    • For-profit vs non-profit
    • Sustainability
    • Scalability
    • Digital marketing
    • Guerilla marketing
    • Door to door marketing
  7. Financial modeling and forecasting
    • Timelines – How to think about developing your business – milestones, funds required, personnel needed, resources needed, costs, business metrics, and financial metrics
    • Forecasts – How to prepare your financial forecast – A step by step approach
  8. Internationalization
    • Beyond your home country
    • Beyond your region
    • Issues and challenges
  9. Pitching to team members, customers and investors.
    • Pitch decks
    • Pitching
  10. Fundraising
    • An overview of the fund-raising process.
    • Exits
    • Equity, dilution and exits – The impact of fund-raising.
    • Cap tables
    • Valuations
    • Term sheets: Terms and conditions – pitfalls and traps
    • Negotiating your term sheet
    • Pitch decks vs Business Plans
    • Seed, Venture Capital and more.
    • The US versus Europe
    • Startup Chile, French Tech Ticket, F6S and more.
    • Building your network and networking skills
    • What investors are looking for
  11. Mini-Demo day
    • Pitching to customers, team members and investors
  12. Final thoughts, Next steps, Self-Evaluation, and Feedback

OTHER WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE

The Fundraising Academy; a full-day workshop on how to raise money for your startup – from an entrepreneur who’s raised from $30,000 to over $90 million. Learn where and how to find hidden money sources, learn how to figure out if you even need to raise funding. learn the types of funding available and their impact on your ownership, learn how to network specifically for fund-raising, how to manage the process, how to position yourself, how to chose investors that are right for you, and how to negotiate your term sheet and final documents. 

The Free Money Academy – finding and applying for equity-free funding; a full-day workshop on how to raise equity-free money from the winner of over $250,000 in equity-free funding from the world’s top three innovation funding programs: Startup Chile, Startup Brazil, and French Tech Ticket. You’ll get help with how to fill out the form, which keywords to use, how to write your answers for maximum effectiveness, how to answer difficult questions and lots of tips and tricks. This is a very hands-on program. By the end of the day, you will have completed your first funding request. You must come with an idea in order to be accepted to the workshop. The program is only offered in English as most global equity-free programs require you to fill out their application in English.

The Pitching Academy; a full-day workshop on how to pitch to investors (also applicable to customers and employees). We’ll work one-on-one with you to develop the 12 slides you’ll need 1) Cover – the hook, 2) The problem, 3) The solution, 4) The market size, 5) Your product, 6) Your traction, 7) The team, 8) Your competition, 9) Your financial forecast, 10) The amount being raised (Funding history, use of funds), 11) A quick summary, and 12) Your contact info. Plus, you’ll learn how to actually do the pitch: your voice, your stance and very importantly how to manage your emotions and handle difficult questions. [Come with a team member and learn how to do a pitch together.]

Here’s a one hour condensed presentation on how to build a pitch deck

 

The Networking Academy – how to be a master networker for fun and profit; a full-day workshop on how to successfully and strategically network – whether you’re fundraising, looking for partners or just selling. Learn how to master trade shows, conferences, cocktails, pool parties, school events, Linkedin, LinkedIn groups, Facebook networks and groups, Twitter, and more. Networking is an art but there’s a science to it!

“Steal” like Steve Jobs – design for non-designers; a full-day workshop on “stealing” like Picasso and Steve Jobs to come up with winning products and designs.

How to steal like Steve Jobs

The Idea Academy – how to come up with your next big idea; a full-day workshop on how to identify trends, market niches, blue ocean opportunities and problems; and formulate a solution customers will buy.

The Innovation Academy – entrepreneurship in the workplace; every business was at some point started by an entrepreneur and those companies fortunate to have grown into larger companies have, out of necessity, been transformed into companies that are managed for performance. But, the world is a different place today and large companies are being attacked by small innovative companies in a 1,000 different ways. Corporate innovation

Entrepreneurship isn’t just a buzz-word, it’s become a matter of corporate survival. Companies have to adapt and become more innovative. They have to respond to market forces – or someone else will. This full-day workshop combines elements of the Entrepreneurship Lab Workshop, the Idea Academy, and more to deliver a unique experience for corporate managers who want to instill a sense of entrepreneurship and innovation in their teams and companies.

FIND OUT MORE BY EMAILING winners@boilingice.com


 

PRICING: From $199 to $299 per person for the one-day workshops if organized on a per person basis or from $2,500 – $5,000 for companies and universities depending on the number of persons attending. There is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 participants. Pricing does not include travel and expenses.

 

PROGRAM: Available all year. Special summer programs available for resorts and cruise ships. The March and April 2018 programs are sold out. September selling out, register now!

 

LOCATION: Can be delivered worldwide. Currently, we focus on Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and the MENA region.

 

LANGUAGES: Native speaker of American English. Also available in Native French.

 

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS: Companies may choose to sponsor a boot camp as a way of showing their support for their local entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

 

SEMINAR LEADER: A results-oriented leader in entrepreneurship

Patrick Kedziora

Patrick Kedziora is the Founder & CEO of the eLab and the Founder & CEO of Kedzoh.com, a mobile learning platform that is Democratizing Knowledge™. He is a serial entrepreneur, a former banker, former COO and CFO, and recent winner of three major technology innovation awards: Startup Chile, Startup Brazil, and French Tech Ticket. Patrick is a New Yorker at heart, and he speaks both English and French with native fluency. Patrick earned a dual B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from New York University as well as his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Patrick is passionate about making the difficult easy and empowering people to do their best.

Please visit Patrick’s LinkedIn profile to find out more about him
http://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickkedziora

WHAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY:

“Very organized. Knows his subject and loves it.”
Lee A.

“He was absolutely great. Explained everything perfectly. I would definitely recommend my friends to take his course.”
Marcella B.

“I thought the class was interesting, inspiring, and intellectually challenging yet every topic that was touched on was useful to me or will be one day. I really enjoyed how you knew so much about what you were talking about yet you didn’t act like you knew everything and was the only competent person. This course enabled me to drastically change my vision of business and made me realize how many opportunities I have. I hope to be able to act on these new skills and ideas one day, but even if I don’t, I know for sure that this was time well spent.”
Luigi M.

“The class was really inspiring. In my cultural background, it’s hard to be able to create a project and launch it. Now I feel that I could be able to go through all the process if I have an idea that inspires me. Thank you!”
Victor C.

“Great course, well structured, a lot of insights and “real world” examples to better grasp concepts.”
Guillaume J.

“The class was dynamic and switched often between theoretical class and practical exercises, which I appreciated a lot. I learned a lot about the way I have to think and act in order to stay positive and optimistic.”
Abraham R.

“It’s really fun to learn without busy slides. I would strongly recommend your course.”
Mathieu N.

“I really enjoyed it, I’ve never had this kind of course before. It made me to think more about the business as an owner, instead of just as an employee.”
Franck C.

“Very interesting, good to hear your experience as an entrepreneur. Excellent tips and advice on how to start our own business. I appreciated feeling that you are passionate about the subject. Thank you!”
Sarah C.

“Great class, many insights. Finally, a Professor that doesn’t read his dense slides.”
Gabriel S.

“I enjoyed the class because it is a very new way of teaching a course. I have never had this very “American” way of showing things to students. Honestly, I was quite bewildered at the first lesson, but I learned to really appreciate this new pedagogy. As I have already started my business, this course helped me to better understand how to handle and ride the business world waves.”
Robert M.

“I really liked and enjoyed the course. I learned a lot about what drives entrepreneurs and what key aspects they have to master. I don’t think that I will become an entrepreneur but this class has allowed me to understand how to approach them as investors, which is the job I want to do in the future.”
Anne-Sophie L.

“I really enjoyed it because I was “inspired”. I think the most important thing that an “Entrepreneurship” class can bring us is the willingness to create something and that is exactly what I felt, that is 100% honest. Yes, I learned how much it is difficult to be an entrepreneur, but also how much it can be exciting.”
Yusuf L.

“Very inspirational lecture, it was very helpful to be lectured by someone who has gone through the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur themselves. Also very good that we went through all the single stages of entrepreneurship (including failing).”
Johanna M.

“Thank you for your great insights. We had a wonderful time with many interesting conversations!!!”
Dr Harshesh B.

“Thank you for giving us the wisdom to grow as entrepreneurs. It was an excellent week!”
Edward G.

 

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ARTICLES RECOMMENDED ARTICLES, BOOKS, MOVIES, TV SHOWS, YOUTUBE VIDEOS, TOOLS, AND WEBSITES, BLOGS AND PODCASTS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

ARTICLES

BOOKS – MUST READ

  • Blank, Steve The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Steve Blank, USA – available on Kindle
  • Ries, E. (2011) The Lean Start Up, Penguin Group, London

BOOKS – A SELECTION OF BOOKS RECOMMENDED BY ENTREPRENEURS AND OTHERS

Click here to see books on entrepreneurship and other topics recommended by Marc Andreessen, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and others.

MOVIES

  • Joy – A true story about Joy Mangano. Shows many of the hurdles and complexities faced by founders. Pay particular attention to her developing an MVP and her perseverance. Forget the fact that it got low ratings. It gets high ratings from me as a movie about entrepreneurship and perseverance.
  • Steve Jobs– See the movie with Michael Fassbender playing Steve Jobs. The screenplay by Aaron Sorkin bends some of the plot lines of the book by Walter Isaacson but captures the essence of the man.
  • The Founder – The story behind McDonald’s. Pay particular attention to the business model. Are they a restaurant company or a real estate company?
  • The Pirates of Silicon Valley – Seems a bit dated now, but still a good watch to see the beginnings of Apple and Microsoft.
  • The Social Network – Ethical issues in startups.

TV SHOWS

  • Halt and Catch Fire – a fictionalized insider’s view of the personal computer revolution of the 1980s and later the growth of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s. A must!
  • Silicon Valley – a fictionalized look at five team members doing a startup in today’s Silicon Valley. A classic!

YOUTUBE VIDEOS

TOOLS

  • To improve your English writing skills: http://www.grammarly.com – Much better than MS and Google spell check and grammar check. There’s a free version which is good; but If you can afford it get the paying version.
  • To improve your French writing skills; I can recommend this Chrome add-on to spell check and grammar check your French. Much easier to than MS or Gmail if you are primarily writing in English and need to do a quick check in French. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/spell-checker-for-chrome/jfpdnkkdgghlpdgldicfgnnnkhdfhocg?hl=en
  • To improve your public speaking skills: Join a local chapter of Toastmasters International, https://www.toastmasters.org, attend for at least one year, and get the Competent Communicator certificate. They have very reasonable membership fees.
  • How to manage your contacts: FullContact https://www.fullcontact.com – the best tool for managing all those business cards and contacts you’re going to amass as you raise funds. Install the Gmail plugin, the desktop app and download the phone app.

WEBSITES, BLOGS AND PODCASTS

 

FIND OUT MORE BY EMAILING OR CALLING
winners@boilingice.com

Phone: USA: +1 415 691-1787 and France: +33 (0) 7 69 99 75 20
www.boilingice.com/startup

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