IDEA TO PROTOTYPE (I2P)

Idea to Prototype (I2P) is the first step towards viability for any serious business founder. This program supports founders at the earliest stages of their journey. Over eight weeks, we work with both idea-stage and prototype-stage companies to build a strong, defensible foundation for your respective ventures. We help to familiarize and align you with the appropriate next steps whether that’s around customer development, product development, fundraising, and/or pivoting. The main priority in this program is to help you move closer to finding and further validating you problem-solution fit, early-adopter customer segment, and product-market fit.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Learn tools & strategies you can apply immediately

  • Design a strategy that works for your specific venture

  • Join a powerful community


PROGRAM TAKEAWAYS

  • Polished 2 minute pitch

  • Customer discovery & validation

  • Competitive analysis

  • Viable business model

  • Presentation deck

PROGRAM commitment

  • 8 weeks of facilitated learning (Monday & Thursday evenings)

  • Receiving and acting on critical feedback

  • Rapidly implementing findings and insights

  • Providing program feedback and progress reporting as requested


PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Access to workspace at Cross Campus DTLA for the duration of the program with a discounted rate extension.

  • Access to Grid110 workshops, office hours, events, and network of mentors.

  • Gain direct feedback from leading innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors, & advisors.

  • Connect with the Grid110 network.

  • Receive perks and discounts from our partner companies

  • No cost, no equity taken.

 
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PROGRAM DATES

SPRING 2019

  • Applications open: December 3

    • Info Session #1: December 11

    • In-Person Info Session #2: January 7

    • In-Person Info Session #3: January 21

    • Virtual Info Session #4: January 30

  • Applications Close: February 1 @ 5PM

  • Program Dates: April 1 - May 16

  • Pitch Date: May 23

FALL 2019

  • Applications Open: June 3

    • Virtual Info Session #1: June 25 (Sign-Up)

    • In-Person Info Session #2: July 10 (Sign-Up)

    • Virtual Info Session #3: July 17 (Sign-Up)

    • In-Person Info Session #4: July 26 (Sign-Up)

  • Applications Close: July 26 @ 5PM

  • Program Dates: September 23 - November 7

  • Pitch Date: November 14

 

FAQS

WHEN AND WHERE?

We host programs in the Spring and Fall. Sessions are held Monday and Thursday evenings at 7:00PM. All gatherings are hosted at Cross Campus located in Downtown LA.

DO I HAVE TO BE BASED IN LOS ANGELES?

Yes. As our focus on supporting the Los Angeles community, founders should already be based in the greater Los Angeles area. This can include Long Beach and Orange County.

WHAT IS THE WEEKLY COMMITMENT?

Each week consists of 2-4 hours of facilitated instruction and 2-5 hours working on deliverables. Weekly sessions last from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. There are weekly mentorship sessions and supplementary training that you can take advantage of. Like anything, you get out what you put in. This program is specifically designed to allow you to continue your day job while working on building your own business in a strategic and effective way.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?

The program is free for all accepted companies. Companies must go through an application process to be eligible for this program. To add, Grid110 does not take equity in or provide funding to any I2P company.

IS THE PROGRAM FOCUSED ON ANY THEMATIC VERTICALS?

I2P does not focus on any particular business type or vertical. We welcome applications from any field, sector, or industry. Knowledge and skills taught and reviewed during the program are applicable and transferable to ideas form all sectors & industries. While most businesses are tech enabled, you do not necessarily need to be a “tech company” to be considered. Our companies range across various types of products/services: SaaS, mobile apps, e-commerce, CPG, food, social enterprises, fashion, B2B software, health/wellness, AI, sports, beauty.

WHO ARE THE ADVISORS OF THE PROGRAM?

Mentors and advisors come from various fields and have many years experience. They will give you insights into multiple subjects including but not limited to lean business, rapid prototyping, branding, and much more.

CAN MY WHOLE TEAM PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

As this program is focused on founders, only the founder and one additional co-founder are invited to participate in the weekly programming. If your team has more than two members, please contact apply@grid110.org for more information.

DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Contact us with any further questions and we'll get back to you shortly!


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