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HBF Activate Masterclass #1 revisited

Aug 24, 2018

The HBF Activate programme follows three main stages;

  • Design
  • Masterclass #1 - Design thinking and lean startup
  • Masterclass #2 - Developing a business model
  • Masterclass #3 - The Perfect Pitch
  • Build
  • 54 hour hackathon where ideas will be prototyped, tried and tested
  • Pitch sessions
  • Top ten ideas will be invited to HBF Head Office for private pitch session
  • Accelerate
  • Cohort of up to 3 startups chosen from hackathon and pitching finalists
  • $30,000 seed funding for a 6% stake in equity
  • 10 week intensive accelerator for winning teams including expert mentorship
  • Focus on developing vision, strategy and executing idea
  • Dedicated 24/7 workspace at Spacecubed

Experienced investor and Director of the Founder Institute in Perth, Andrew Hall called upon his 20+ years of experience in growing startups and investing, to help clarify the key steps in the ideation phase of a business.

“We were privileged to have Andrew Hall join us as part of the first HBF Activate masterclass,” said Tom Riordan, Spacecubed’s Programmes and Partnerships Manager.

“Sharing his 20+ years of experience in growing startups and applying the lean methodologies and design thinking to uncovering real customers problems, it was the best way to begin our Design phase (Masterclass phase) on the programme,” Tom continued.

With over 70 attendees at the first masterclass, Andrew explained the lean startup approach, detailing how ideas should aim for the clouds, but get there in small bite size steps.

At the end of the masterclass, with Minimal Viable Product and launching early explained to be benefits on the early startup journey, Andrew Hall set attendees with the following homework;

  • Talk to your target market and confirm:
  • Core problems
  • How does your solution fix these problems?
  • Conduct 25+ business to customer (B2C) interviews
  • Conduct 5+ business to business (B2B) interviews
  • Attempt the lean canvas

Masterclass two will take place on Thursday where established Venture Capitalist Matt Macfarlane will explore Developing a Business Model in detail. This masterclass with experienced WA IT entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist is not one to miss and could hit home what you need to do, in order to create your new business, innovating the health sector.

Sign up for Masterclass #2 here.  

Registrations for the hackathon are still open and spaces are running out fast, get in quick and sign up for this awesome event here.