What is the a.LLP? And why apply?
Before building any venture, there are two main considerations. One, is there a viable market for the product you're building? Two, can the product be built? Very often, the popular option is to just "Go for it" and invest a lot of time and money into building an advanced technical product before you realize, no one actually wants it!
The a.LLP is a 2 week program primarily focused on helping you learn the fundamentals of building a startup, from scratch! And you learn this not through lessons or theory. You learn this by doing. Essentially, the program helps you understand whether there is a viable market for your product. This helps you save a lot of time and money, by not investing a lot of resources on the wrong idea and helps you identify who the right customers are. The sessions are facilitated by instructors from entrepreneurship@UBC and AMS Entrepreneurship Hub.
The program is designed to push you beyond your comfort zone, learn fast, work with the least amount of resources, learn how to learn from failure, be confident about making decisions, introspect and constantly ask yourself why, and most importantly, Get Shit Done!
What does the program look like?
Problem Validation (What is the problem you're trying to solve?)
Customer Discovery (Who has the problem and what is the severity of the problem? Is it a must have or a nice to have?)
Customer Interviews (How do you go about interviewing your customers?)
Analyzing customer interview responses
Competitive Intelligence and Analysis (How to understand your competition and differentiate yourself)
Building out your prototype
Throughout the program, you'll have a Peer Mentor assigned to you. To learn more about who our Peer Mentors are, click here.
What does the commitment look like?
The a.LLP program requires a high level of commitment. So, if you're just looking to get your feet wet, check out our public calendar of events. In our application process we look for extremely committed, reliable students who are hungry for an intensive challenge and are looking to advance their entrepreneurial idea.
Each in-person session is about 2.5 hours long. Since the program requires you to go out and talk to your prospective customers, over the span of two weeks you can expect the time commitment to be anywhere between 5 to 7 hours a week.
How is this program different from e@UBC's Lean LaunchPad Program?
The Lean LaunchPad program is designed to be for ventures that are past the ideation stage and are working on validating their business model. The a.LLP is a low-barrier program that allows anyone, even at the conceptual or ideation stage to get started. It's an opportunity to test whether your idea is feasible or not as fast as possible.
What are the pre-requisites to apply?