The SkillGravity team has had crazy few weeks!
We got accepted into the Bay Area National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps accelerator program sponsored by University of California Berkeley, Stanford and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and we are beyond excited to learn more about how to effectively run a successful startup and bring more value to our customers. 20 other talented and ambitious companies across various industries have undertaken the path to commercializing their technologies and making the world a better place.
I-Corps was given a grant of $3.75 million by the NSF which strives to support scientists and engineers to get the necessary knowledge to create the best products possible. The accelerator is highly influenced by the teachings and expertise of Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur who developed the customer development methodology and is an icon in the startup world. The mentors who guide the teams through this process are industry experts in entrepreneurship and prominent educators as well.
We spent the first three days on-site in Berkeley and met all the teams and mentors while we were also asked to present right away! No time to be wasted! Throughout the program all teams are encouraged to talk to around 15 customers per week (over 100 in total) and present their findings every Monday during a presentation. At the end we will be back at UC Berkeley and display our final findings. The accelerator will last two months and we have many new ideas up our sleeves based on countless interviews we have done already. And we are only half way done!
It is beyond encouraging and exciting to be communicating so closely with so many of our users who have such great feedback and input and are helping us transform SkillGravity into becoming the revolutionary social media platform we desire for it to be!
Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more updates about our development at I-Corps!