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Venture Dorm – Launch a startup in 12 weeks or less!

Applications for Semester 1 2017 are now open. Apply via the form on the right of this page.

Venture Dorm provides an educational environment for people who want to learn how entrepreneurs build new ventures and then create one themselves. The aim is taking an idea, finding a viable business model which is scalable and repeatable, from scratch, in less than 12 weeks. Traditional business teaching is unsuitable for new ventures, as is just building a product insufficient for commercial success.

  • The program is a hands-on, learner-centered, inquiry based, immersive and experiential process
  • You will use principles such as Lean Startup, Customer Development and the Business Model Canvas
  • You will make “guesses” about your idea and “get out of the building” to test them in the real world
  • You will be guided one-on-one weekly by experienced individuals

Learning and insights are the focus and so is discovering if customers and users really want and will pay for a product.
The program will help you develop the mindset and skills to survive the roller coaster world of new venture creation and you will get an experience you can use for the rest of your life.

For students: Students must apply through for enrolment in this topic. 

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This program is for: 
University Students, Entrepreneurs, Budding Entrepreneurs (Wantrapreneurs)

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This course is open to University students as a 4.5 unit topic and also open to the general public.

Next Program Start Date (Semester 1):
28 February, 2017
Semester 1 2017 Schedule


FAQ's Apply Now

The pitches themselves were polished, and most punched through even for the people or ideas I wasn’t as keen on. They have honed in on the problem/solution succinctly, which sets a business off on the right path. I’m also impressed with Matt, who is taking a very inclusive “feeder” approach with NVI, and I’ve got some confidence it will be a valuable contributor to this growing Adelaide startup ecosystem. Pleasure to have been involved in the judging of Venture Dorm.    

- Andre Eikmeier, Founder of VinoMofo