Velocity Logo.jpgAre too many ideas stalled inside Idea Generation? Are there too few resources to collect the information you need to select the right idea for advancement? Then learn about:

Velocity: The Oakland Student Accelerator(tm)

  • What: An eight-week accelerator program that explores opportunities and risks of early stage innovation  ideas applying Lean Startup techniques.
  • How: Students identify and answer critical questions, recognize and validate hidden assumptions.   Depending on your needs, they will - among other things - perform customer discovery, opportunity scoping, competitor and IP landscaping, value proposition creation, low fidelity prototyping and execute learning plans to provide due diligence for your innovation idea.
  • Why: Increase the velocity of innovation ideas flowing through your innovation pipeline without burdensome overhead. Gain confidence to decide if to further pursuit, pivot, or pause innovation ideas. Provide students work experience with financial incentives and resume building opportunities.
  • Who: Velocity Teams consisting of Pitt and CMU students enrolled in a graduate IPD, Bioengineering, or MIIPS program. Company appointed business or technical mentor(s) to provide information and support. Velocity Advisors to provide project oversight, administrative support and mentorship. University Advisors for additional guidance.

For more information contact Mark Adkins at 

            Smart Hammer Innovation is a proud sponsor of the Pittsburgh Product Development &

Management Association (PDMA).

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