How is our Academy's entrepreneurship program different from other entrepreneurship programs?
Hustle And Heart Academy is not just a lesson in business plan writing or visiting several startup companies. It’s more than just an accelerator or an incubator. We don’t just tell you HOW to start a company; we show you the steps to identify a gap in the market and create a real-life business in just a few months. We push you out of your comfort zone and set you up for startup success with a network of peers and mentors even after you leave the program. We have high expectations of our students who rise to the challenge to create something real and amazing.
What is the format of the learning experience?
Each day, you’ll participate in workshops, lectures, simulations and panel discussions aimed at giving you the knowledge, skills, and mindset to take your company to the next level. When you’re not in class, you’ll work with your team of peer co-founders to put these new skills into action and bring your company to life.
How You’ll Learn:
Who will teach the classroom sessions?
Classroom sessions will be taught by Hustle And Heart Staff, as well as by experienced entrepreneurs, business professionals, and university instructors.
Will there be homework or graded assignments?
“Homework” is primarily in the form of teams working on their businesses, plus some classroom sessions will require pre-work. Hustle And Heart is about starting real companies, not about an academic experience, so we expect students to take responsibility for their own progress.
Will I get academic credit for going through the program?
No—no credit is available through our program. We are working on it!
Do I need to have a business idea I plan to pursue prior to applying?
No. We’ll have a process to help you come up with ideas through some of the pre-work and first few days of the program, though we emphasize the value of solving a real problem over the specific idea. The process will guide you in keeping an open-mind as you search for opportunities that fit within your passions, skills, and current market trends. We’ll teach you how to critically assess these opportunities and adapt your chosen opportunity to improve viability and value. You may come in with an opportunity you have already started, though other students will have to want to pursue it in order for a team to move forward with it during the program.
It’s important to remember that while it might be your original opportunity, you are now working with a well-equipped team of brilliant peers with whom you need to find a common vision of success—both for the summer and for the continued growth of the company. Ideas are a dime a dozen, with most having been thought of or even worked on before, so success comes down to execution. To execute well, you need all the skill sets of your team.
If you do come to us with a business idea, keep an open mind and be willing to adapt in response to new market research and new ideas. Almost all ideas change from their origination to actual implementation, especially in successful companies, and your teammates will be well positioned to bring a fresh perspective. Humility and openness to feedback is key.