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.
Learn tools & strategies you can apply immediately
Design a strategy that works for your specific venture
Join a powerful community
Polished 2 minute pitch
Customer discovery & validation
Viable business model
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
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.
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
Applications Open: June 3
Virtual Info Session #1: June 25
In-Person Info Session #2: July 10
Virtual Info Session #3: July 17
In-Person Info Session #4: July 26
Applications Close: July 26 @ 5PM
Program Dates: September 23 - November 7
Pitch Date: November 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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