The Chicago Lean Startup Challenge is proud to announce the finalists for the 2o13 cycle.
The Challenge began at the end of June with 85 teams. In 10 short weeks, teams attended weekly classes, conducted customer interviews, created a minimum viable product, secured their first customer, and more! Finalists were chosen based on who was able to best implement Lean Startup principles and make the most progress in their venture.
The Finalists are:
“Unlike business plan competitions, the Lean Startup Challenge focuses on real, meaningful results for the participants. The final presentations provided insights into the area where so many startups fail – understanding their customer!”
- Nik Rokop, Managing Director at Knapp
Entrepreneurship Center, IIT
“I haven’t ever had the desire to join a contest because they typically seemed like ivory tower competitions for MBA’s with lots to say and not much to show for it. This was so much different. In a short time, the challenge pushed me to build relationships in the tech, agriculture, and foodie communities, and to build pieces of technology that I can actually measure and test. The people I met through you and the tips I received were night-and-day compared to the path I was going down just a few months ago. I would recommend to any starting entrepreneur that they participate in this challenge.”
- Traci Schaefer, Farm Fixe