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.
Sep 15-17: NYC (deadline Aug 8)
Oct 20-22: New Orleans (deadline Sep 12)
Nov 10-12: New Orleans (deadline Oct 3)
Dec 8-10: New Orleans, for teams building schools (deadline Oct 31)
Dec 15-17: New York (deadline Nov 7)
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
Yes. Essentials is priced at $300. We offer a 50% off scholarship for individuals who meet one of the following criteria:
1) current teacher
2) current student
3) attending Essentials from out of town
4) financial hardship