Attend 9/12 workshops (in-person) to be entered into a drawing for a new iPad Pro.
In addition, Sky's the Limit will be giving a $2,500 grant to TWO entrepreneurs who meet the requirements below:
- Have an active entrepreneur profile on skysthelimit.org.
- Have a 30-second pitch video listed on the platform.
- Have met with three volunteer mentors on the platform.
- Attend 9/12 workshops virtually or in person.
NOTE: You cannot win both the grant and the iPad Pro.
Build Up 3.0 Startup School Schedule
Business Modeling 101 & Problem Statements
What is a business model vs a business plan and how do you utilize the Business Model Canvas to develop your idea.
Monday, February 27, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Designing for Humans - UX/UI
How do you design solutions that solve actual human problems? How do you design solutions with the customer in mind?
Monday, March 6, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Building Prototypes & Experimenting
How do you know if your solution actually solves the customer problem? Learn different ways to test problem-solution fit by implementing creative techniques and experiments.
Monday, March 13, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Patenting 101 & Intellectual Property
How do you protect your intellectual property (IP), what is IP and do you have IP? If so, what are the steps to protect your idea?
Monday, March 20, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Financial Accounting for Early Stage Startups
Do you know what key resources you need to launch your startup? What is the cost structure of the business? How do you plan to generate revenue? With all these questions, learn how to build a financial model to get your startup idea off the ground and ready for fundraising.
Monday, March 27, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Leadership: How to Lead Yourself & a Team
Do you know what it takes to effectively lead a team? Can you identify areas where you need support and how to recruit a solid team?
Monday, April 3, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Where to Play: Market Sizing, Competition & Market Strategies
What is the size of your market and who are your competitors? Learn how to build a market size and competitive analysis to help determine your launch markets, and key value propositions.
Monday, April 10, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Early State Customer Acquisition & Go-to-Market (GTM)
How are you going to get your first 100 customers? Learn different customer acquisition techniques to test your channel and marketing strategy before fully launching your product.
Monday, April 17, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
What's a Data Room?
Learn about the basic documentation need to build a data room to prepare for investor meetings.
Monday, April 24, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Fundraising 101: From Venture Financing to Traditional Financing
Who are the right types of investors, what are the best investment vehicles, and how do you pitch to various audiences while seeking to fundraise? Learn the different pathways to funding a startup and how to pitch to select investors.
Monday, May 1, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Pitch Deck Assembly
Put together a basic 10-slide investor presentation that describes your market opportunity, potential, milestones, funding ask, and other items.
Monday, May 8, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT
Pull my Credit Score- Creditworthiness
Monday, May 15, 2023 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT