Are you a Georgia Tech student or researcher interested in building a startup?
Learn from customers and launch a business!
You can be part of a proven program that has helped students and researchers dramatically increase success rate and launch companies in one-third of the time.
Startup Gauntlet is a three-step process. Step one is Startup::Thesis. You will develop a starting business thesis and a plan for customer discovery.
Step two is Startup::Discovery. You will follow an organized process of talking to potential customers. The outcome is a compelling product-market fit.
Step three is Startup::Validation. You will build a minimum-viable-product and demonstrate a repeatable sales process. The result is an investable or launchable business.
The best way to visualize the Startup Gauntlet process is with Paul Graham’s famous chart – The Startup Curve:
What Do I Do Next?
Simple. Go to the Startup::Thesis page and sign up for the first class.
Here are a few startup projects that have been through the Startup Gauntlet process successfully.
Startup Gauntlet OverviewStartup Gauntlet is VentureLab's program for launching startup companies at Georgia Tech.
There are three phases of Startup Gauntlet:
Startup::Thesis Learn the basics of entrepreneurship and create a Business Thesis.
Startup::Discovery Talk to customers and discover a compelling Product-Market Fit.
Startup::Validation Build prototypes and establish a Repeatable Sales Process. Details coming soon.
Who should participate?Startup Gauntlet is open to all students and researchers at Georgia Tech who want to launch a business. There is no cost to attend.
Participant TeamsYou do not participate as an individual, you participate as part of a team. Each team in the program must consist of 2 to 4 members.
FAQQ. Do I get course credit for this?
A. No. There is no academic credit offered. Just a amazing career as an entrepreneur.
Q. Is there a cost or fee to participate in this program?
A. No. It is free to those who are selected. However, travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be the responsibility of each team.
Q. Can I apply as an individual?
A. No. Startup Gauntlet classes are for teams only.