Lean Startup Innovation Certificate

In this 8 week program, students will learn how to leverage design thinking, design innovation, with lean startup methods to identify problems worth solving, the needs of their customers and develop bold, new products and service ideas.
Students will practice using new tools, frameworks, and processes to collaborate, communicate, create, and think critically about their idea. Choose from our FLEX (8) or ACCELERATED (4) sessions.


Duration: 4-hours per session

Sessions: 4-8

*Program cost is FREE
**Limited spots available

Upcoming Certificate Programs


Minneapolis, MN
Red Wing, MN
Brainerd, MN
Nairobi, Kenya
Minneapolis (In-Person)
Itasca, MN
West Central, MN
Hubbard County, MN
Minneapolis, MN


April 7 – June 30, 2021
May 26 – July 14, 2021
June 1 – July 20, 2021
June 14 – July 14, 2021
July 15 – Aug 5, 2021
August 15 – October 5, 2021
September 23 – November 11, 2021
October 19 – December 7, 2021
Early Fall


8am – 12pm
10am – 2pm
9am – 1pm
6pm – 10pm (OPEN SOON)
6pm – 10pm (OPEN SOON)
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 Lean Startup Innovation 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 to unpack your ideas and explore surrounding opportunities

· Learn to use the lean canvas to identify, refine, and explore customers and assess the opportunity for a lean startup

· Interact with others to help refine ideas

· Learn how to communicate and showcase your startup idea

Start the next steps in your startup adventure!

Session Location //
Online (virtual meetings), or in-person

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 Lean Startup Innovation 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

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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

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