Lean Startup Principles for Social Impact is a 4-week course inspired by the Lean Launchpad Class pioneered by Steve Blank. In this course you will learn how to test, validate, and adapt your vision of change to ensure you’re creating the greatest impact and investing your time in something that truly meets the needs of your customers and stakeholders. This course is appropriate for anyone who wants to try out lean methodologies to start a new enterprise or build a new program or initiative within an existing organization. The lean approach relies on validated learning, experimentation, and iterative product releases to shorten product development cycles, measure progress, and gain valuable customer feedback. In an environment where the majority of startups fail, lean principles aim to give startups a better chance of success by helping entrepreneurs learn more quickly what works and discard what doesn’t. This course draws on the latest thinking in Silicon Valley, but adapts it for the social sector. We’ll showcase examples of social enterprises and organizations that have successfully run experiments, pivoted, and remained lean and innovative while ethically serving their customers and prioritizing social impact. These principles aren’t just for high tech startups but tools for any innovator, especially those determined to solve the world’s toughest social problems.
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