Welcome to Week 1: THE JOLT!

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Monday
June 25

Early AM - Eat breakfast at your place :). Some free snacks are provided periodically throughout the day at VVM, but breakfast, lunch, coffee, and softdrinks 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 VVM 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 - Expectations. Beth will share format of program, a simple syllabus, and expectations.

12:00 PM - Founder Fireside. Informal founder chat with a graduate from VVM who can speak about their experience in the program, what they learned, what they wished they would have done differently, advice they'd like to give this cohort, etc

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


Tuesday
June 26

Early AM - Eat breakfast at your place :). Some free snacks are provided periodically throughout the day at VVM, but breakfast, lunch, coffee, and softdrinks 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. Beth 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.

12:00 PM - Sprint Planner Workshop. Beth will teach the teams how to use the sprint planner to design experiments around their riskiest assumptions.

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


Wednesday
June 27

Early AM - Eat.  Bring your stuff :). 

8:45 AM - Check in

9:00 AM - Office Hours: Each team meets with VVM team for 30 minutes to present their sprint experiment and get feedback.

12:00 PM - Sprint Demos. Teams in each pod will each have 9 minutes to talk about their experiment and get feedback/ideas from their peers.

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


Thursday
June 28

Early AM - Eat.  Bring your stuff :). 

8:45 AM - Check in

9:00 AM - Stand-ups Intro. How to do daily stand-ups, why they are important?

9:30 AM - 1st Stand-up: Each team will give a 2 minute update. 

9:45 AM - Open work-time. Take the time to work on your business!

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


Friday
June 29

Early AM - Eat.  Bring your stuff :). 

8:45 AM - Check in

9:00 AM - Startup Etiquette: Teams will learn how to communicate effectively in the startup business sphere, expectations of mentors, partners, investors.

10:00 AM - Elevator Pitch 101: Teams will learn about several frameworks for crafting an elevator pitch.

10:30 PM - Elevator Pitch Practice: Teams will get time to work on variations of their elevator pitch and then test them out within their pods.

11:30 PM - Mentor Event: Meet & Greet with the VVM community. 

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