A Sneak Peek at the Lean Startup Week Program

With our Lean Startup Week Summer Sale ending tonight, July 31 at midnight PT, here’s the day-to-day breakdown on the conference to help convince you (or your boss) that you should join us in San Francisco. Our program has never been more exciting — and we’re not just talking about the keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions by our amazing lineup of speakers. Whether you’re from a large enterprise, a young startup, or a nonprofit organization, we’ve got a Lean Startup track for you. Read on to learn more about the special events we’ve lined up, such as an exclusive workshop hosted by Eric Ries, startup tours in the heart of San Francisco, and mentoring sessions with our expert network (to name a few highlights).

We’ll have a very detailed breakdown on Lean Startup Week activities by day and time as the conference approaches. But here’s what you can expect to be doing — and when you can expect to be doing it — if you spend the week with us. (Please note that all times are subject to change, as we are still in the process of adding to/finalizing programming.)

Monday, Oct. 30 (Gold Pass holders)

Startup Tours (daytime)

Get inside some of San Francisco’s most innovative startup and scaled-up organizations and learn more about their Lean techniques during our kickoff day of Startup Tours. Startup Tours are a great way to connect with business leaders fluent in the latest modern management techniques while networking early with like-minded attendees.

Tuesday, Oct. 31 (Gold Pass holders — limited seating)

Workshop Day 1: Exclusive Startup Way workshop with Eric Ries & Lean Startup Co. Faculty (daytime)

Eric will make a rare appearance co-leading an exclusive workshop — limited to 250 Gold Pass holders — on the afternoon of Oct. 31 based on the content of his upcoming book, The Startup Way, which offers new strategies for enterprise and scaled-up organizations. Get hands-on training from the Lean Startup leader himself. Note: This workshop is for a limited number of Gold Pass holders, reserved for purchasers on a first-come, first served basis until venue capacity is sold out.

Wednesday, Nov. 1 (Gold Pass holders)

Workshop Day 2: Interactive sessions with Lean Startup Experts (daytime)

Work through pressing issues facing large and scaling organizations — issues we’ve prioritized based on customer development conversations with our attendees — with rock stars from the Lean Startup community. Workshop leaders include Lean Startup Co. faculty, Strategyzer’s Alex Osterwalder, Lean Enterprise co-author Jez Humble, and partner at Spinnaker and former Pearson SVP Sonja Kresojevic.

Ignite Opening Reception (open to all attendees) & General Registration (early evening)

Ignite offers a half dozen speakers the chance to deliver lightning talks on their advice around and experience with Lean Startup. It’s always been a big hit at Lean Startup Week, and not just because it doubles as a happy hour where attendees can meet and toast with one another.

Thursday, Nov. 2 & Friday, Nov. 3 (Open to all pass holders)

Main Conference Days (days & evenings)

Nov. 2 & 3rd are our main conference days — meaning if you can only be with us for a shorter sprint, Nov. 2 & 3 are the two to attend at the Silver Pass level.

These two days offer complete Lean Startup immersion, where you’ll get:

  • The latest actionable tips and case studies on incorporating, scaling, and sustaining Lean Startup practices in your organization, organized into keynotes, breakout sessions, and fireside chats with industry leaders
  • Breakout sessions categorized by sector (startup, enterprise, impact) to better help you schedule your day
  • Live Q&A session with Lean Startup author Eric Ries
  • Speed Mentoring for one-on-one sessions with our experts to help you tackle your biggest points of friction
  • Roundtable Discussions where groups tackle the tough questions around sustainable innovation, organized by sector (startup, enterprise, impact)
  • Group dinners where you can connect with conference attendees, speakers, mentors, and advisors

Friday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 5 (Gold Pass holders)

Startup Weekend (Friday evening through Sunday evening)

Put all that Lean Startup knowledge into practice at Startup Weekend. This is an immersive experience crafted for our conference where you’ll collaborate in teams to put the methodology directly into use to create your own lean startups, with the goal of launching an MVP in 54 hours. This weekend-long interactive program offers attendees the chance to gain the full entrepreneurial experience by pitching ideas and building teams on Friday, experiencing hands-on mentorship and heads-down hacking on Saturday, and wrapping things up with investor-style presentations on Sunday. For those of you flying home Sunday, FYI that Startup Weekend ends by 5pm on Nov. 5.

We’ll have many more activities and speakers to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

If you’ve been wanting to learn Lean Startup practices firsthand from Eric Ries, this is the year to do it. Grab your Gold Pass today to save 15 percent off standard price. Gold Passes are very limited, and they will sell out.

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