Essentials is a three-day program that will help you move from idea to taking actionable steps towards getting your solution in the hands of your users.
Essentials gets you there with coaching from experienced entrepreneurs, feedback from real users, and a community of peers to help you move your idea forward. By the end of Essentials, you’ll have the roadmap you need to test with users quickly and cheaply.
Oct 20-22: New Orleans (deadline passed)
Nov 10-12: New Orleans (deadline passed)
Dec 8-10: New Orleans, for teams building schools (deadline Oct 31)
Dec 15-17: New York (SESSION FULL)
All applications are due at 11:59pm Central Time of day of the deadline
We’re putting more dates on the calendar. Apply now and you’ll have the opportunity to select from new dates as we get them up.
We believe entrepreneurship is a mindset you can learn. You’ll get 1 on 1 coaching, workshops with experienced entrepreneurs, and tools to build smarter.
We believe founders should talk to users early and often. You’ll have dedicated time with students, teachers, and parents to get honest feedback.
We believe ideas grow stronger and faster in community. You’ll be part of a cohort of 15-20 founders from around the country who are at the same stage.
You’ll define the problem you’re solving, and hone in on the root cause, rather than symptoms.
You’ll find 5 people who agree that the problem is real and painful for them.
You’ll design the simplest version of your solution, distilling it to just one page.
Put people first. You’ll spend time getting to know your cohort and building a shared foundation for learning throughout the weekend.
Dig deep and challenge your biggest assumptions. You’ll be pushed to clarify all aspects of your venture, starting with your problem, user, and solution.
Put your work in front of the people that matter most: your users. With their feedback in hand, we’ll help you design a roadmap of next steps.
You’ll have on-demand access to the 4.0 team and network of mentors.
You’ll have access to over 300 Essentials alumni across the country.
You’ll have access to alumni-only experiences like the annual 4.0 Community Summit.
September ‘15 NYC Cohort
The LIFE School (Atlanta, GA)
Winner of 2016 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Education Pitch
November ’14 NOLA Cohort
unCommon Construction (New Orleans, LA)
Raised $20K on IndieGoGo
July ’15 NOLA Cohort
DreamWakers (New York, NY)
Winner of 2016 Mother of Innovation Award and $50K grant
Founder & CEO, Rooted School
Echoing Green Fellow
Founder & CEO, College Bridge NOLA
Raised over 100k to launch
Founder & CEO, Pomegranate Lab
Bootstrapped their venture
States Essentials alumni hail from
Alumni around the country over the past five years
Out of 5.0 average cohort satisfaction in 2015
Essentials is priced at $300 per participant, which covers a fraction of the cost of meals, snacks, supplies, and coaching during the program. As a non-profit, we cover the rest through grants and sponsorships. While the fee helps in subsidizing the cost of running our program, we do not want the fee to be the barrier to joining us! If you imagine it might be, please see the two options below. Eligibility for both of these options will be determined after you are accepted into an Essentials session.
We offer a 50% off scholarship for individuals who meet one of the following criteria:
1) Current teacher
2) Current student
3) Financial hardship
We offer need-based travel funds for participants coming to Essentials from out of town. Amounts will vary depending on the estimated travel cost and your individual need.