The world is moving faster than ever, and these qualities are becoming more and more essential to keeping up! We at EPIC strive to cultivate these characteristics in our members while offering the community opportunities to bring out their inner-entrepreneurs and most creative ideas. We are entrepreneurs in action, people who turn problems into opportunities.
This year, we are introducing the EPIC Launch Program, a carefully-designed crash course in entrepreneurship, taking students' ideas from sketches on napkins to real products prepared for crowdfunding and venture capital investment. In tandem with the Garage, the university's brand new incubator space, the EPIC Launch Program will help students explore what it means to be an entrepreneur, develop the skills necessary to build a successful startup, and deliver their products to the public.
In order to make this program as effective and comprehensive as possible, we need your help! We're raising $3,500 to fund the resources necessary to foster our participants' creativity, leadership and communication abilities, and capacity to take action. Your contributions will go toward a small library of entrepreneurship's most renowned books, presentation tools including remotes and a document camera, as well as the resources to help both hardware and software focused teams hone their respective skills and turn their dreams and sketches into products ready for market.
How You Can Help
If you share in this belief and wish to be a part of cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit of Northwestern University, please contribute to our cause. The various level descriptions will let you know what you'll be providing our program.
We at EPIC are so excited to get started with this program, and we hope you'll join us in making the EPIC Launch Program a catalyst for positive change in the lives of Northwestern students for years to come.
Here's the link to share! https://catalyzer.northwestern.edu/EPICLaunch
Every dollar toward this campaign counts, and we're immensely grateful for your contribution!
We will mail you an awesome sticker with our logo on it! They make for a great laptop accessory, and everyone will want to know where you got it.
Buy a Launch participant a copy of The Lean Startup and an EPIC Launch TShirt
Help Mission Control to buy and evaluate new materials before purchasing them for the cohort, or just learn new things to pass on themselves.
$100 provides a student team with access to Team Treehouse, a comprehensive online tool which will be used to help students learn the necessary tech skills to bring their web and mobile applications to life.
Help us to buy microphones and audio recording equipment for cataloging the journey of the cohort, and for recording our biggest events like demo days and pitch practices so that Launch participants can track their learning over time, and so others can hear and appreciate all their hard work at the end.
Help us send our 60-person cohort on a whirlwind tour of the Chicago startup scene! This level would cover the cost of busing 60 students and Mission Control to Chicago for a full day, where they can visit innovation hubs like 1871 and Lightbox Ventures.
Help us to buy a DSLR camera we can use to document (in glorious high-def quality) the incredible journeys of our 60 budding entrepreneurs as they learn to try, fail, and try again - all the while building for success.
Buy every participant a copy of The Lean Startup and an EPIC Launch TShirt
Make demo day a headline event on campus! Help us to bring in prominent individuals from the Valley and create an electrifying, professional atmosphere that celebrates the successes of all our new student-entrepreneurs.
Give the gift of a career-making set of skills workshops to teach and empower Launch participants to not only imagine, but to go out and _build_ what they envision - because now they'll have the tech skills and training they need to make it a reality.
Send the cohort to San Francisco to visit startups in the Valley and experience Silicon Valley for themselves! Heavily subsidize a trip for 4 days to Silicon Valley for the 60 members of the Launch cohort, helping them to travel and stay in a hotel immersively close to the pulsing center of the entrepreneurial universe.