Nope! If you have an idea already that would be great! But if you don't, that's okay. We can team you up with other students whose ideas you are interested in, and we will be hosting some brainstorming sessions early 2019 to help you discover opportunities in the world that you resonate with and are driven to solve. Due to the limited spaces, priority will go to students who come with a basic idea.
The unit is pass or fail, which means lucky for you, it’s not going to affect your GPA. To pass, you have to complete a series of weekly reflections tracking your progress, validate your idea and pitch it at the end of the program to the Bloom community.
Students will initially be given a high level overview of the Lean Canvas tool then apply the tool to their business. Students will explore a new element of the canvas, developing and refining their business idea.The workshops will be highly interactive with students applying the learnings to their own start up business idea.
Some of the areas you will focus on for your business are: (1) Problem (2) Customer Segments (3) Unique Value Proposition (4) Solution (5) Unfair Advantage (6) Market Validation (7) Revenue Streams (8) Cost Structure (9) Key Metrics (10) Channels (11) Preparing to Pitch (12) Pitching to potential investors & supporters.
The Bloom Lab is based at St Catherine's College which is just across the road from UWA. We run the Launchpad classes here, sometimes we will be venturing off-campus to other innovation spaces, but for the most part class will be at Bloom.
The main focus of Launchpad is to help you to test your bright ideas, so don’t worry - you will have lots of opportunities to figure out if you like your idea or not in the first few weeks!
We have had 20 startups participate in Launchpad in it's pilot program. Some participants have started out in Launchpad with a very simple idea, and taken it all the way to Silicon Valley and across the world.
If you are at any of the Western Australian universities you can apply.
Once your application has been approved by Bloom, your university will be in touch with your regarding enrolment. It is recommended that you have capacity for an elective or practicum unit in your degree.
Nope! All Intellectual Property developed in the program stays your own.
We want you to be as motivated as you can be to take this seriously and kick butt!
Here at Bloom, we want to empower all young people to change the world for the better through entrepreneurship. If you're still in the early stages of your founder journey and want to participate in Launchpad - without receiving academic credit, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make something work.
Yes. Most of the time.
Similar hours to what's recommended for your other academic units, 12 hours per week. 3 of those hours are a compulsory weekly time slot - where the Launchpad cohort participates in an intimate presentation, given by a startup expert on a different aspect of business building, before we get stuck into hands-on group work! The rest of the time you'll have access to the Bloom Lab, where you can work alongside other young founders for ongoing support and guidance while building out your startup.
Bloom Startup Launchpad is selective. There are three steps to applying to the program:
1. Submit registration form
If you are interested in joining the Bloom Startup Launchpad program in Semester 2 2019 you should register your interest on this page, below. This will ensure that you receive further info and prompts about the program.
2. Enrol in a Business Practicum unit (For UWA Students)
Students participating in Bloom Startup Launchpad will enrol in a Business Practicum unit, either WILG2201 (Undergraduate) or BUSN5505 (Postgraduate). Prerequisites for these units will be waived where possible. Students should enrol in the Business Practicum unit prior to being accepted into Bloom Startup Launchpad.
3. Submit written application
Students will need to submit a written application to be accepted into Bloom Startup Launchpad. This application will be sent to students who have registered interest in the program and will need to be completed prior to Week 1. The form will include questions about your enrolment, proposed idea, and rationale for applying and selection into the program.
We're people, people. Please don't think that you're not good enough to apply. We really believe in empowering more people our age to go on this journey. We'd love to help you grow individually and be there for every win to celebrate but all the bumps to help get you back on your feet.