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We help organizations, governments, and companies innovate. We have been pioneers in the use of Steve Blank's Customer Development Methodology, the Business Model Canvas, and the accelerator framework.
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Earlier this year, the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (MWERC) launched a new program to help engineers develop novel technologies and businesses. The program, WERCBench Labs, has as part of its core mission the rebuilding of Milwaukee’s legacy as the Machine Shop of the World. Based on MWERC’s corporate and academic membership, we believed that we […]
In my previous post, I connected the Lean Launchpad Program and the accelerator model. The Lean Launchpad Program is the framework for teaching Steve Blank’s Customer Development Methodology (CDM). The CDM is a process for searching for a business model. We keep score of how well the search is going on Alexander Osterwalder’s business model […]
This summer I am teaching the Lean Launchpad Program (LLP) in two different accelerators: Victory Spark and WERCBench Labs. Victory Spark is an accelerator for U.S. Military Veterans and WERCBench Labs focuses on engineers and computer scientists with an emphasis on building innovative hardware products. During the Spring, I taught the LLP in the new […]
Background In prior posts, I provided a brief history of innovation and its impact on GDP growth over the last 150 years. I then provided a working definition of “innovation” (INVENTORS * ENTREPRENEURS = INNOVATION) and began defining its constituent parts by first looking at inventors. In this post, I will define “entrepreneurs”. Inventors and […]