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.

Spring 2024 Session Dates

EnterpriseWorks Room 130 | 60 Hazelwood Dr., Champaign
All sessions will be in person, and dinner is provided at all sessions.

  • Wednesday, January 24 | 4:00-5:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, January 31 | 4:00-6:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, February 14 | 4:00-6:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, February 28 | 4:00-6:30pm CT


The application window is now closed. Check back for information about our next session! 

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.