Lean Launchpad Short Course

Lean Launchpad Short Course

Lean Launchpad Short Courses use the Lean LaunchPad method to give participants a working knowledge of how to think about their innovation ideas from a business and customer perspective, as well as how to conduct customer discovery interviews; the first step in any commercialization process. This course provides a set of skills and entrepreneurial knowledge that can be applied to any career path. Held on campus, the short courses are typically open to non-university participants as well.

Benefits of the Program

  • Develop best practices for conducting customer discovery and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Learn, practice, and hone your innovation skills.
  • Improve the odds for commercial success.
  • Understand market trends and needs in your ecosystem.
  • Expand your network of like-minded peers, instructors, investors, customers, and mentors.
  • Obtain eligibility to apply for $50,000 grant from the National NSF I-CorpsTM team grant.
  • Prepare for applying to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Fall 2023 Session Dates

EnterpriseWorks Room 130 | 60 Hazelwood Dr., Champaign
All sessions will be in person except the Oct. 11 session. 
Dinner is provided at all in-person sessions.

  • Wednesday, September 6 | 4:00-5:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, September 13 | 4:00-6:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, September 27 | 4:00-6:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, October 11 | 4:00-6:40pm CT - Virtual


The application process begins with an application submission to the program of the team’s choosing. In the days following an application submission, the team will be contacted by a member of the Hub team with additional details regarding next steps.  If you have questions, please contact Marissa Siero at siero@illinois.edu.

The application window is now closed. Check back for the Spring 2024 session dates and application.