Steve Blank Who ever thought? Lean Educators Summit


It's been almost a decade since we started teaching lean methodology. This is a redesign of entrepreneurship training, business creation and innovation in business and government. But all this time, we have not gathered a lot of educators to talk about what it's like to teach lean or the impact it has had in their classrooms and beyond. We realized that with 10 years of lessons learned to explore, it would be a good time.

So, for the first time in our history, we are bringing together all the educators from all these groups for a "Sharing Best Practices" summit on my ranch, from December 4th to 5th.


100,000 students, one class at a time
A few months ago, members of VentureWell, the nonprofit organization that organizes the Lean LaunchPad educator classes, said, "You know, we have trained more than 800 educators in hundreds of colleges and universities around the world to teach your class … "Say what ???

It still seems to me yesterday that Ann Miura-Ko and I have created a new class, the Stanford Lean LaunchPad, to teach students an alternative to writing a business plan.

If you can not see the video, click here

I quickly did the math. 800 educators – about 15 times a year – almost 10 years. Sensational. It is possible that 100,000 students have taken the course.

Add this to the 5,000 or more scientists from our country who have left the building (in this case, their labs) and who have completed the I-Corps program of the National Science Foundation (designed to help the best business research) , or the I-Corps @ of the National Institute of Health or I-Corps @ of the Department of Energy. And then add another 5,000 people who have reviewed a version of I-Corps in the Ministry of Defense.

This made me think of the variants of the class we created. We started piracy for defense and diplomacy almost four years ago. Hacking for Defense is now supported by the National Security Innovation Network and has allowed hundreds of students from 24 universities to participate in the program. Piracy for cities and hacking for non-profit organizations followed at U.C. Berkeley. Piracy for the oceans is coming.

Yet none of these instructors in these disciplines met. Or shared what they learned.

So let's do it.

Educators sharing best practices
On December 4th and 5th, Jerry Engel, Pete Newell and I are hosting a ranch event for a group of selected educators who led the Lean Innovation movement.

We will cover:

  • The effectiveness of our programs [including I-Corps and Hacking for Defense]: What we have learned so far and how to improve it
  • Customer Discovery and Lean Innovation in Academic and Non-Academic Contexts such as Incubators and Accelerators
  • Tech Marketing: Innovators versus Entrepreneurs – Motivating Scientists and Engineers
  • Lean Innovation in Business, Nonprofit Organizations and Public Administration – What's Different
  • International: Success and Challenges of Lean Innovation and Customer Discovery in Europe and Asia [and South America? Australia?]
  • What future for Lean and Entrepreneurial Education?
  • and much more…

Lessons learned:

  • I'm hosting the Lean Innovation Educators Summit on my ranch in December.
  • We bring together a group to capture best practices and define a vision of what lies ahead.
  • Stay tuned for what we are learning
  • And if you think you should be here, click here and tell us why

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