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What is a “Business Lead”?

A key component of success when turning a project into a start-up company is the team’s “business lead”.  If you are project in need of such a team member, or a potential business lead that is on the look-out for new and exciting projects, please read below. An ideal business lead for a D2P project would possess actual training and practical experience directly related to the project’s specific industry. Absent direct experience, a project lead must have, at a minimum, a firm understanding of general financial and marketing concepts necessary to lead the team in completing the business model canvas
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Lean Startup Success

Over the course of ten weeks, fifteen UW-Madison project teams participated in a lean startup workshop focused on connecting their respective technologies to a commercialization path. Designed by the UW-Madison School of Business and D2P staff, the workshop was based upon lean startup principles and the NSF developed I-Corps training program. The diversity of projects was high, having technologies that included engineering, software, life sciences, biological materials and drug assays. The project teams consisted of faculty, researchers, staff, post-docs, graduate students, undergraduate students, and members of the business community. A potential measure of success of the process to date is
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