Live online workshop series

NEN Think Startup

A series of 14-hour experiential and interactive online sessions introducing you to the exciting world of entrepreneurship.

Each power-packed session throws a spotlight on core entrepreneurship concepts, real-life case studies, interviews with successful founders, and practical tools/frameworks to aid in this journey.

Develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Network with experts and peers. Build your dream startup. With the NEN Think Startup Series.

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Who is Eligible?

Any student or professional keen to learn about startups/entrepreneurship or is thinking of launching their startup. Even if you do not wish to launch your startup yet, the Series is helpful for those who want to develop an entrepreneurial bent of mind.
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Program Structure

  • A two-part series with overlap:
    • Introductory – 4 workshops
    • Intermediate – 5 workshops
  • 14-hrs of live interactive online sessions
  • Included in each session: Fireside discussions with founders, entrepreneur case stories, and concepts
  • Participants will be supported between the session with online/in-person mentoring and tools
  • Each session is designed to simulate the experience of being on a startup journey
NEN Think Startup

Weekly Modules

9 workshops cover the Think Startup Workshop Series.
Introductory Workshop
1. The exciting world of startups: an introduction

Understand the current buzz about startups and funding. Learn about the global entrepreneurial ecosystem and how startups (particularly those from campuses) are supported.

Introductory Workshop
2. Discovering the Entrepreneurial Leader in you

Entrepreneurship is an exciting and rewarding journey that comes with its set of challenges. Which frameworks can be your guide in this journey? Appreciate the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset.

Introductory / Intermediate Workshop
3. Ideas that change the world: find exciting startup ideas
Develop curiosity toward the world around you to observe problems as opportunities. Generate startup ideas and evaluate them based on market and personal fit.
Introductory / Intermediate Workshop
4. Startup Opportunity Validation: Are you solving problems worth solving?
Differentiate 'great sounding ideas' from those that may be 'real opportunities'. Validate problems with the right set of customers by ‘getting out of the building’.
Intermediate Workshop
5. Building a product or service that customers love
Avoid the ‘developing solutions in isolation’ mindset by understanding the power of prototypes/MVPs. Validate an early version of your product/service with customers
Intermediate Workshop
6. Business Models that help build viable startups
Learn about business models that help build viable and investable startups. Evaluate your venture’s building blocks from the customer and market perspectives.
Intermediate Workshop
7. Building the ‘A-Team’ for your Startup

Understand what a good startup team should have and why the right team is a critical element of success. Learn about finding co-founders with complementary capabilities. Do’s and Don’t of working with your roommate.

Intermediate Workshop
8. Taking your startup to the market: The big launch
Understand that a launch is much more than the product hitting the market. Learn about Alpha/Beta/Stealth modes of launching and having reliable metrics for a successful launch.
Intermediate Workshop
9. Securing funding for your Startup
Bootstrapping to first funding - how to estimate when and how much money you will need. Preparing a compelling pitch and an attractive case for investors.
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What will you get?

  • A Certificate of Completion
  • A practical view on starting-up/entrepreneurship
  • Ability to navigate your entrepreneurial journey from an early idea to a startup
  • Learning from top-notch startup coaches and successful entrepreneurs
  • Access to rich learning resources, ecosystem mentors, and pitching support (to qualifying participants)

If you have a validated idea, then you can apply to the NEN IGNITE program

Are you looking to fine-tune strategy, organization & performance to get seed capital? You can apply to the WE Liftoff program

If you have a well-developed MVP, a small team and demonstrated customer traction, then check-out your full eligibility for the WE VFT program here

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If you have a validated idea, then you can apply to the NEN IGNITE program


Are you looking to fine-tune strategy, organization & performance to get seed capital? You can apply to the WE Liftoff program.

Here is what we mean by a Validated Idea:

  • You have identified a ‘customer type’ that you are dealing with.
  • You have identified a problem that is critical for the that customer type
  • You have validated this problem with a ‘sizable’ set of customers so you know that it is a ‘real problem’
  • Your research and customer discussions shows that There is a large enough number of customers that are looking for a solution to this particular problem, and the venture can be financially viable and feasible
  • There are no apparent existing solutions or good enough solutions that are serving your customer type at this time for the problem
  • May have started working on a website/facebook/Instagram page to get customer reactions
  • May have worked on a prototype solution already
  • May have early traction with some customers