At Harbour.Space students form teams and work on real world startup companies in those teams to gain practical experience alongside the theory.
During the first two weeks, students spend time in identity and communication workshops designed to help them improve their idea presentation, communication, and pitching skills. Ideas are about as good as presentations and otherwise good ideas can go unnoticed due to poor communication. At the same time, students work using Lean Canvas and other frameworks to test and focus their ideas. Working in teams, students will validate business models, USPs, and identify niches, opportunities, and problems with their startup ideas. Very quickly students are able to substantiate a startup idea in a lean way without expending a lot of resources, prepare a presentation, and pitch their startup. These are essential skills for any startup founder.
The top ideas will have teams form around them that will turn them into successful companies during the course of the programme (those that pass the framework tests, have a vision and a mission that brings people together).
Students spend two weeks in workshops to help them define their companies’ SVPs (Selling Value Propositions), USPs (Unique Selling Propositions), company identity, vision and mission using startup canvas techniques, 5Ws (that comes from TaiichiOhno Toyota Production System and has been modified endlessly from Why’s to What’s etc. but is a crucial lean startup technique for identified root causes). Which will also help them to test, define, and clarify their basic assumptions and business models.