What is the VLAB?
The VLAB is an accelerator as a semester long course available to all undergraduate and graduate students at SJSU.
The goal of the VLAB is to have students identify a market opportunity, design a product or service to meet that need and develop business models to launch the business. Some teams may formally launch their venture (or may already have prior to the VLAB), while others may decide not to launch. Those teams that decide not to move forward with their venture will learn critical techniques about creating a new venture that will be valuable in both corporate and startup environments.
The VLAB will be modeled after successful accelerators that provide services, access to mentors and investors, and funding to entrepreneurs. Some content areas that will be covered in the course are product development and design, customer discovery and validation, business model development, customer acquisition, and financing. Each team will have a mentor to provide strategic advice and coaching. Each team will also have the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a group of investors at a final Demo Day.
If you are a prospective student, you can find more information and download an application.
If you are a prospective mentor or speaker, you can download an interest form.
Information Session for VLAB
Monday August 26th at 6 pm