FLoW's JUMP! Educational Initiative
JUMP! is FLoW's educational component. Currently the JUMP! training is presented by our partner organization, the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (“I-Corps”) initiative in Los Angeles, IN-LA. Their program is called BLITZ and it provides real world experience and the opportunity to learn from the marketplace. [See syllabus]. IN-LA will help you identify your market and customer base, determine your commercial readiness, and help you develop transition plans to move the technology to market.
The program is available to all ventures that qualify. It is strongly encouraged that FLoW business plan competitors participate in order to compete successfully. FLoW teams completing the educational program can apply for $50,000 NSF I-Corps Team grants. In 2015, four FLoW ventures won NSF awards.
In addition to BLITZ, as part of its JUMP! educational efforts, FLoW provides mentorship support from leading experts across all aspects of the program. Students and recent grads may reach out for this support at any time.
How it Works
Teams must show evidence of customer contact in order to qualify. Teams will report on customer interviews during the four sessions with the I-Corps faculty/entrepreneurs and their feedback will help you refine your business model. The LaunchPad Central software system allows you to log interviews and your business model, as well as receive curriculum materials that will provide necessary background to the program. Separately, you will have the opportunity to have office hour sessions with a faculty member who is also an experienced entrepreneur.
2017 Schedule to be Announced
For more information and to sign up contact: Stephanie Yanchinski, Executive Director of FLoW, 626-395-1968