Programme overview and format
- Cohort 14: Tuesday 9 January 2024
Launch Night brings together the cohort for the first time; in the afternoon, you jump straight into your first workshop with your team. Later on, inventors and supervisors join. It’s a big event with planning and strategy meetings, introductions and presentations with over 100 people involved, which makes for a powerful first entrepreneurship networking experience.
- Cohort 14: Wednesday 10 January-Saturday 13 January 2024
The following day after the Launch, we kick off the 4-day intensive lecture series. Expect your days to be consumed from 09:00 to 21:00. There are more details about the topics and speakers on the Lectures tab.
Project work and supervisions
- Cohort 14: Monday 15 January-Friday 22 March 2024
The research spell is the main focus for the remaining 9 weeks. During this time, you work individually and as a team on the project. Your team has 3 structured supervisions, as well as progress meetings with the inventor team.
As the end of the programme draws closer, there are workshops on team dynamics, video production and crafting narratives for pitching, as well as clinics where you practise your pitches.
Pitch Night and assignment submission
- Cohort 14: Pitch Night Wednesday 20 March / Assignment deadline Friday 22 March 2024
The finale is Pitch Night when your team takes to the stage and pitches to a panel of judges and the rest of the cohort. This also forms part of your team’s assessment.
The assignments (a 3,000-word commercial feasibility report, a 2-minute video infomercial and a 5-minute team pitch with pitch deck) require you to understand your projects like an inventor, assess commercial feasibility like a strategist, and communicate compellingly enough to attract VCs, customers and champions. Together, you need to do a great deal of research, identify meaningful insights and prepare three very different outputs (deliverables).