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Idea TestLab

This 4-week program helps you figure out if you can turn your idea into a viable business. In this program, you will:

  • Validate customer needs
  • Identify key customer characteristics
  • Define your target market
  • Build a customer experience map
  • Evaluate competitors

Participants have 24×7 access to LaunchBox during the 4-week program, access to 1-on-1 mentoring, and are fast-tracked into our Accelerator interview process.

This program is best for early stage entrepreneurs who are just exploring the feasibility of their idea.


  • Fall 2017 application deadline: CLOSED
  • Spring 2018 application deadline: Jan 31st at midnight


Spring teams meet weekly for 4, 2-hour sessions from 6-8PM on the following Wednesdays:

  • Feb  7, 14, 21, and 28

Optional 1-on-1 mentoring sessions scheduled based on availability.


FastTrack Accelerator

This milestone driven program helps you to build a solution based on real customer insight. In this program, you will:

  • Test assumptions that can “tank” your business
  • Build a sustainable business model
  • Develop a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Build your network of advisors

Participants have 24×7 access to LaunchBox for 1 year, space in one of our dedicated team rooms, weekly 1-on-1 mentoring, and access to up to $3000 in seed funding.

This program is best for early stage startup teams who have spent considerable time on customer discovery.


Application deadline: Oct 15th by midnight

Team Interviews: Oct 24-26th


Teams meet weekly for 15, 2-hour sessions from 6-8PM on following Wednesdays:

  • Nov 1, 8, 15, 29
  • Jan 17, 24, 31
  • Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Mar 14, 21, 28
  • Apr 4

Open House “Demo Day” April 11th.

Weekly 1-on-1 mentoring sessions will be scheduled at the start of the program with individual teams based on availability.



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