Walk Stage

The Walk Stage is all about answering the question: who wants my idea and how do I know? You will be introduced to the tools and programs needed to validate your project or venture. 

Successful completion of this stage will allow you to receive funding and additional mentorship. Please note, some action steps vary for the Venture and Project tracks.

*During the summer, Innovation Pathway activities will be held virtually using Zoom.* 

Walk Stage Steps:

  1. Schedule and attend office hours with an Innovation Coach.

    • You will receive an email giving you the option to choose an Innovation Coach. These coaches are seasoned entrepreneurs who are here to discuss your venture, provide feedback, and help you develop a plan to make more progress on your idea. 

  2. Engage with the Innovation Pathway community by attending these Innovate@BU events and using these resources: 

    • Apply for 24/7 access to the BUild Lab by emailing Lisa Lavina with your name, BU affiliation, and note that you are an IP Walk team. *Please note, due to the spread of COVID-19, the BUild Lab is closed for the remainder of the spring and summer 2020 semesters. Swipe access will not be granted at this time. 

    • Join the Innovate@BU Community Slack Channel to connect with more students, staff, and resources. You will also be added to a private Innovation Pathway sub-channel.

    • Virtual Terriers Tell: Weekly Fireside Chats with Student Entrepreneurs: Held every Friday in the fall and spring, learn from student founders the vital skills and tips that you can use to launch your own idea. Topics include lead canvas, finances, team building, and marketing.

    • Virtual BYO Industry Lunches: Held monthly in the fall and spring, meet Innovation Pathway teams working in the same industry to share challenges and advice.

  3. Continue to make progress on your idea by using these resources and templates: 

    • Attend Virtual Expert Office Hours hosted at the BUild Lab by external community members. 

    • Use our growing Resources Folder to find templates and guides for topics like marketing, customer interviews, idea validation, finances, and more.
    • Work on growing your team and filling your talent gaps by: 
      • Meeting fellow students at Idea Nights and Industry BYO Lunches
      • Post on our “BUild Your Team” wall at the BUild Lab
      • Post on the Innovate@BU Community Slack Channel and share what types of help and talent you are looking for.

  4. Transition to the Run Stage and become eligible for funding support

    • Projects: Apply to present at a monthly Virtual Project Panel.
      • These panels are scheduled as needed throughout the semester. 
      • The IP staff and coaches will help you prepare and practice a 10-minute presentation and supplemental proposal elements.
      • When you apply from Walk to Run, you are pitching to receive up to 25% of your grant request of up to $3,000. 

    • Ventures: Apply to pitch at the monthly Virtual Investment Panel where you will pitch your slides to a dedicated group of investors.
      • These take place on the first Tuesday of each month and you must apply by the middle of the previous month.
      • The IP staff and coaches will help you prepare and practice a 10-minute pitch.
      • When you apply from Walk to Run, you are pitching for up to a $1,000 cash grant.

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