The Innovation Accelerator curriculum is derived from the Lean Launchpad, the leading entrepreneurship curriculum in the world and used by:
- The National Science Foundation
- Over 200 colleges and universities focusing on innovation
- Accelerators and economic development organizations across the world
- US Department of Defense & State Department
- The National Institutes for Health
Our founder's adaptation of this curriculum proved pivotal for Valley Venture Mentors being recognized as one of the top 100 programs of its kind in the world. Top graduates of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerator (led by our founder in 2016) each closed $500,000 in new contracts within six months of graduation.
The Scientific Method Applied to Innovation
The Institute's curriculum is an evidence-based innovation methodology using the scientific method. Students propose and immediately test business hypotheses. They get out of the building to talk with prospective customers, partners and others. They use the customer feedback acquired in these interviews to refine their product or service; ensure their product or service meets a customer need or solves a customer problem; and validate that they have created a repeatable, scalable business model.
Our pedagogy combines three elements:
Flipped Classroom Deliberately trades lecture time for student/teaching team interaction. Students listen to recorded lectures and presentations before each class, and use class time to present what they learned from customer interviews the previous week.
Experiential Learning Exchanges passive learning and memorization for learning through creative thinking, problem-solving, and active interaction with customers, industry members, and stakeholders.
Team-Based Learning Students present their findings which creates the basis for discussion, critiques, and brain-storming by both professors and students.