Free Lean Launchpad Startup Program Details & Open Hack Night

Steve Blank has partnered with the National Science Foundation to provide Lean Startup training for FREE to startup teams who qualify.  They are currently accepting applications for the cohort that starts in early June. Learn more about the program here:

Join Startup Product EastBay at Tech Liminal tonight to meet Todd Morrill, Faculty Director, and find out how to apply for the program which begins June 2 at Berkeley. Apply to join this first open and free Summer 2014 session starting June 2. Round 2 applications close May 14, 2014  

Learn more about the program here:

AGENDA: May 12, 2014

[6:30][7:00] Networking, Meet & Greet

[7:00][7:30] Todd Morrill, Faculty Director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, Berkeley Haas School of Business presents the Lean Launchpad opportunity funded by the National Science Foundation

[7:30][9:30] Tech Liminal Open Hack Night

Find out about how you and your team can join the Lean Launchpad program offered at Berkeley to bring your ideas, plans & beginning product to reality.

About the program:
I-Corps (Innovation Corps) training is focused on helping early-stage teams who have a fundamental technology, engineering, and business model innovation to learn how find a scalable business model through the Customer Discovery process.

This program is based on the Lean Launchpad methodology pioneered by UC Berkeley and Stanford Faculty member Steve Blank.
Each team interviews 100 customers and experts as they search for a scalable business model. The curriculum provides real world, hands-on, immersive learning experience.

Over 300 teams have already completed the course working through ideas from nanoparticle films and horse probiotics to gamification apps and software for diabetics.

Apply to join this first open and free Summer 2014 session starting June 2. Round 2 applications close on May 14, 2014  
Learn more about the program here:

About Todd Morrill


T. Todd Morrill has been building and leading bioscience  companies since the first biotech boom in the early 1980s.  He has been employee number 500, number 10 and number 2 (several times) of venture-backed startups, as well as a founder of three companies.  He spent seven years in investment banking for pharma and biotech, and has worked at multinational pharma, diagnostics and tools companies.  His roles have included sales, product management, marketing, R&D, business development and CEO.  He has been an independent Board member of three biotech companies.

Todd  taught at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley from 2001 to 2009, where he is a Richard C. Holton Teaching Fellow.  His courses included Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology; Mergers and Acquisitions; and Entrepreneurship.  He has taught in the Intel Program in China and Japan, the Malaysia/UCSF program, and in biotech programs in Estonia, Australia and Abu Dhabi.

Todd received an MBA from Haas and his BA in Biology, with Highest Honors, from Dartmouth College.  He is an internationally-recognized author of many emails, has received slightly less than one Olympic medal, and a comparable number of Nobel nominations.  He is an avid user of social interaction; his teenagers make fun of him on Facebook and his wife makes fun of him in French.

He returned to teaching in 2013 because of his excitement with the NSF Innovation Corps (I-corps) program.

This program is generously funded by the National Science Foundation

Thank you to our location host, Tech Liminal!

About Tech Liminal

Tech Liminal is a web development and marketing agency and offers technology trainings.  It is also a technology hotspot & co-working salon located on the main floor of the building in Old Oakland. Tech Liminal moved into this location in early 2013 after spending a long time on 14th St. in the Lakeside neighborhood. In addition to offering co-working space, Tech Liminal works to build a strong independent tech innovation ecosystem in Oakland through support of community meetups, open hack nights, tech events (such as Code for Oakland), and other initiatives.


555 12th St (enter on Clay St)


[9:00]AM – 7PM Mon-Fri and by Appointment

Phone(510) 832-3401


[email protected]

About Open Hack Night

Our Electronics/hack night has been active with independent electronics and programming projects.  Are you working on programming or electronics projects?Maybe getting an application idea together? Come be in community with other like-minded people and hack something.

How to get to Techliminal:

Directions FROM BART

Get off at the 12th Street Oakland City Center stop and take the 11th Street exit. Walk down 11th Street 1 block to Clay st, and turn right Tech Liminal will be on the left at 555 12th Street, suite 110 (its in the ASK building)  

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