Advance Lean Startup Certificate

In this program, students will learn actionable processes to do active customer discovery, imagine new possibilities, and quickly and inexpensively test and prototype their ideas.
Students will build a compelling business case to pitch their idea while using advanced methods to refine, explore, test, and de-risk their startup idea.


Duration: 4-hours per session

Sessions: 8

*Program cost is FREE
**Limited spots available

Upcoming Certificate Programs


Itasca, MN


October 27 – December 15, 2021


6pm – 10pm
Virtual Workshop

“We are excited to partner with ILT Academy to support more entrepreneurs in West Central Minnesota.”

Patti Gartland
President of Greater St. Cloud Development Corp.

West Central Virtual 2021 - sponsors

Program Details

The Advance Lean Startup Certificate program will expand your innovation skills, and teach you new methods to help formalize your ideas through an interactive class experience.

Participants will:

· Learn advanced customer discovery methods needed to determine product and customer needs

· Learn repeatable steps to develop, explore, test, and iterate parts of your business model and develop out your minimum viable product (MVP)

· Develop your lean startup plan, validate your assumptions, and learn how to build rapid prototypes of your idea

· Present your lean startup concept and strategy for commercialization support

Start the next steps in your startup adventure!

Session Location //
Online (virtual meetings)

How much does this program cost?
The program is *FREE* to all participants. The program is subsidized through the generous sponsors above.

Who should apply?
Participants do not need any startup experience nor a fully formed idea for a startup — just motivation and grit. The Advance Lean Startup Certificate Program will build startup skills as participants work on their business ideas.

Am I eligible to apply to the program?
Priority will be given to founders and startups based in Minnesota. There are a limited number of seats available; the acceptance rate will be very competitive. However, if there are additional spaces, the program will consider participants outside the priority areas. We encourage you to apply regardless of your current location.

Recent Graduates

Founder Stories


Co-Founders // Allison Borum (CEO) & Abby Henstein (COO)

“Having ILT Academy’s support in our business has been a great experience for Virtuwoof. We have gained so much useful knowledge we’re able to directly apply to our business strategy. The activities we completed built up our confidence and were critical to our success in launching our first startup!”

Allison Borum
Co-Founder and CEO, Virtuwoof

“ILT Academy helped me launch a successful start-up.”

Dieumerci Christel
Founder and CEO, Enlight


Founder // Dieumerci Christel (CEO)

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