Community

As part of the Start-up Lab community, you will be able to gain insight into the world of innovation. You can learn about the theory of innovation management as well as the experiences of founders who have walked the talk, find inspiration and meet fellow intrapreneurs.

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Meet Ups

These events teach about start-up tools and methodologies from idea to pitch. Each session consists of a presentation on a specific start-up topic in theory, followed by a guest speaker providing you some practical business insights.

Taking place in person or via Skype, this series of events teaches you everything you need to know about start-up tools and methodologies from idea to pitch. Each session consists of a presentation on a specific start-up topic in theory, followed by a guest speaker providing you some practical business insights.  Wrapping up each event there is time for some questions from the audience as well as a chance to network.

Length: one hour
Frequency: once a month

On our timeline you can find all the information about past meetups and when there will be next one.

F**k Up Nights

Failures represent an opportunity to learn. That’s why we believe instead of keeping quiet about past failures, it’s good to share them.

Nothing to be ashamed about, failures represent an opportunity to learn. For many entrepreneurs, examining and understanding what went wrong in other projects is key to building a successful new business model. That’s why we believe instead of keeping quiet about past failures, it’s good to share them.

During the events you will have the opportunity to either share your own disasters – no matter how big or small — in a safe non-judgmental environment or learn about what went wrong for others including the reasons why.

Whatever it is, we hope that by sharing our f**ck-ups we will jointly help us foster an environment of openness and learning at DPDHL that pays into our start-up ecosystem.

Length: 1 ½ hours
Frequency: 3 times a year

Ideation

These interactive workshops will provide you with all the knowhow, start-up tools and methodologies you will need to turn your concept into a success.

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5 Step Start-Up

Open to anyone, this workshop walks you through 5 steps – introduction and inspiration, ideation, business model, validation and pitch – of kicking off your start-up.

STEP 1: INTRODUCTION & INSPIRATION
Learn what the workshop is about and create your start-up dream team.

STEP 2: IDEATION
Gather customer-centric problems, generate ideas to solve them and build your first prototype.

STEP 3: BUSINESS MODEL
Create business model(s) around your idea.

STEP 4: VALIDATION
Discover how to test your idea and quickly get customer feedback.

STEP 5: PITCH
Come up with a compelling 30 sec. pitch.

Length: 4 hours
Frequency: open to all 2-3 times a year, or individually upon request

Validation

Validation gives you the opportunity to test the desirability, feasibility and viability of your idea. Persevere, pivot or stop? This reality check helps you answer this question.

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Validation Sprint

This intensive 5-day event is designed to help you identify and test key assumptions around your idea. Dedicated guidance and mentoring are on hand throughout.

During the 5 days you will:

  • Run experiments to validate your assumptions. These include building prototypes and testing them using real customer feedback or interviews
  • Receive guidance and support from internal coaches as well as external experts on the necessary technologies, markets and business models
  • Find out whether your idea is promising enough to justify investing more of your
  • time and effort in it. And, if it is, what next steps you should be taking.

Frequency: 2 times a year (can also be held on request)

Online Platform

Start-up Lab’s online platform provides access to the content we deliver in Phase 1 of our program but without the intensive coaching or access to funding. It is also home to useful tools such as the Lean CANVAS, competitor analyses and much more.

Our online platform is available to Deutsche Post DHL innovators, event participants and applicants who we were unfortunately unable to accept onto the program.

Platform users are able to take part in a weekly telephone training and Q&A session.

Additionally, dedicated users will be provided with the opportunity to get onto our shortlist by pitching to us again.