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The Learning Company 6-Week Startup Boot Camp

 “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” – Walt Disney

Are you a student or faculty member with a business idea? Have you ever looked at a product and thought, I can make this better. Are you ready to invest the time and energy it takes to make your dream a reality? At The Learning Company's Startup Boot Camp, we'll show you how big ideas can turn into real world success, at no cost to you!
All you have to do is show up ready to work! You can bring a partner, pitch your idea solo, or even team up with someone who has an idea. We'll teach you ideation, finance, marketing and more during this 6-week program. At the end of the program, you'll have the chance to compete in a
Shark Tank style pitch competition with funding opportunities available to top business ideas!  Registration end on March 22nd, so apply today!

6-Week Startup Boot Camp
March 23- May 4, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Boot Camp Schedule

Week Date Location Topic
1 3/23 Workforce Center of Excellence- Atrium Intro, Value Proposition & Human Centered Design
2 Individual Team Appointments (Easter Holiday) Remote Individual Team Appointments
3 4/6 Killen Center- Board Room Business Model Canvas
4 Week of 4/13 Geekdom- Learning Company Office 1-on-1 Business Model Teardowns
5 4/13 Frost Bank Site Finance, Personal Finance & Business Finance
6 4/20 Geekdom Event Center Branding & Marketing
7 Individual Team Appointments (Fiesta Holiday) Geekdom- Learning Company Office 1-on-1 Business Model Teardowns- Part 2
8 5/4 Geekdom Even Center Pitch Practice

What we Provide

You have an Idea
We’ll help you build your business model and understand the road map to execute on it.
Have a formed company 
We’ll help you overcome any obstacle as you look to grow and scale your business.
You’re curious about entrepreneurship
We’ll give you the opportunity to join our innovative community and help build amazing ideas.

For Students:  

How do I Participate as Part of a Team? 
There is no cost other than your time, a “can do spirit”, and lots of energy! If you are committed to participating for the entire 6 weeks, we are accepting applications until March 22, 2018. Space is limited so Apply Today

Can I bring my own Team? 
Yes! You can bring a partner or a team that has an idea you want to work on.

Do you own part of my company or idea?
No, the Alamo Colleges does not own any part of your idea and company. 

What if I am a Faculty Member Without Time to Join a Team? 

Mentor Teams
Though we have a large network of business mentors, we need subject experts in your field! Time commitment fluctuates, but we anticipate only 1-2 hours per week. 

Refer Participants
You may teach students with potential, or know a co-worker with aspirations to start a business. Tell them about us! We want to help them.

We are The Learning Company

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The Learning Company is a collaboration between the Alamo Colleges District, and local business leaders to train the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The core of the program is a 6 week training Boot Camp that trains multidisciplinary startup teams to take ideas and develop them into business models. Each startup team consists of multiple students with one faculty member. Startup teams are then put through a series of training modules including ideation, business model canvas, and human centered design. Teams will have a professor/coach from the innovation department helping them as well as mentor from the Learning Company Board. Upon completion of the program, teams will then be able to pitch their work to the Learning Company Board for suggestions as well as access to funding.


How to Apply


6-Week Startup Boot Camp
March 23 - May 4, 2018
Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

To view the Learning Company 6-Week Startup Boot Camp Syllabus, just click here: