Modeled after the highly acclaimed Lean LaunchPad program developed at Stanford University and funded locally by a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the HTR LaunchPad is for software and web-based startups and entrepreneurs developing new software applications.
Program participants run the gamut from teams firmly established in the software business to recent graduates just starting their software companies. Free of charge with a competitive application process, the HTR LaunchPad provides support for up to ten startup companies or teams, providing one year of advisory services and access to HTR’s incubation facilities, including an initial 12-week program.
Working closely with the participating startup teams are successful serial entrepreneurs, seed-stage venture capitalists, and software engineering and business experts who’ll provide one-on-one mentorship and support. Teams should have their software ideas at or near the prototype stage by the time the program begins.
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In addition to offering the free 12-session to participants, HTR connects participating teams with regional business vendors, professional advisors, and engineering resources for rapid development and market testing. Investor presentations and demo days will be held in Rochester and New York City in June.
Working closely with the participating teams will be “successful serial entrepreneurs, seed-stage venture capitalists, software engineering and business experts who’ll provide one-on-one mentorship and support,” says Mikael Totterman, an HTR LaunchPad advisory board member. Totterman is a co-founder of VirtualScopics, iCardiac, and Innovocracy.org
“Thanks to a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, HTR has developed this new program which we believe will benefit the Rochester community in the way of new and successful businesses and the economic benefits that come with them,” says HTR President James Senall. “The mission of the HTR LaunchPad is consistent with HTR’s larger mission of commercializing innovative technology developed in the Rochester area and helping entrepreneurs create successful and profitable ventures.”