Welcome to Week 1: THE JOLT!

Tuesday
May 28

Location: UMass Amherst

Early AM - Eat breakfast at your place :). Some free snacks are provided periodically throughout the day, but breakfast, lunch, coffee, and soft drinks are (with some exceptions) your responsibility. Please bring your laptop (or similar device). If you prefer paper, bring notebooks and writing implements.

8:45 AM - Space move in and check in. It is important to be on time to each session.

9:00 AM - Getting Started. This all-hands meeting gets you answers to any questions you have before we start and then gets you ready to jump into the program!

9:30 AM - Introduction Pitches. Each team lead will present their business to the group using the anti-pitch format.

11:30 AM - Program Expectations. The leadership team will share format of program, a simple syllabus, and expectations.

12:15 AM - Assign, Meet & Greet Pods and EIR’s.

1:00 PM - Adjourn. You are free to go or stay and work out of VVM offices or the incubator space at the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship (BCE).


Wednesday
May 29

Location: UMass Amherst

Early AM - Eat breakfast at your place :). Some free snacks are provided periodically throughout the day, but breakfast, lunch, coffee, and soft drinks are (with some exceptions) your responsibility. Please bring your laptop (or similar device). If you prefer paper, bring notebooks and writing implements.

8:45 AM - Check in

9:00 AM - Lean Startup Workshop. We will cover the key concepts for Lean Startup methodology, including Founder Road-map, testing assumptions, and interviewing customers; The teams will complete a design thinking exercise and do customer interview role-play and practice.

11:00 AM - Teams Set Goals for the Summer.

12:00 PM - LinkedIn Master Class.

1:00 PM - Adjourn. You are free to go or stay and work out of VVM offices or the incubator space at the BCE.


Thursday
May 30

Location: UMass Amherst

Early AM - Eat.  Bring your stuff :) 

8:45 AM - Check in

9:00 AM - Group Ice Breaker. Get to know everyone!

9:30 AM - Sprint Planner Workshop. Teams will learn how to use the sprint planner to design experiments around their riskiest assumptions.

10:30 AM - Sprint Planner Extended. Teams in each pod will each have 9 minutes to talk about their experiment and get feedback/ideas from their peers.

11:00 PM - Office Hours. Meet with your EiRs.

1:00 PM - Adjourn. You are free to go or stay and work out of VVM offices or the incubator space at the BCE.


Friday
May 31

Location: Valley Venture Mentors

Early AM - Eat.  Bring your stuff :)

8:45 AM - Check in

9:00 AM - Alumni Panel. A panel of 5 startup that have previously participated in either VVM or UMass Summer Accelerator Program. Panelists will answer questions and talk about what they got out of the program and what they put into it.

10:00 AM - Stand-ups Intro. How to do daily stand-ups and explaining why they are important?

10:15 AM - 1st Stand-up. Each team will give a 2 minute update on their ventures. 

10:30 AM - Week 1 Presentation. Teams present assignment for the week.

12:30 PM - Speed Dating. Meet all the teams!

1:00 PM - Adjourn. You are free to go or stay and work out of VVM offices or the incubator space at the BCE.