Brown University student, Javier Sandoval, took a huge step that many of you may have taken or considered taking. That huge step was taking time from his studies at a prestigious university to focus on startups and entrepreneurship.
The decision, sparked in a Rhode Island restaurant, was supported whole-heartedly by his dean. Four days later, Sandoval was on his way to Seattle to join the Microsoft-TechStars Accelerator.
The only request of Javier’s dean was to “bring what [Sandoval] has learned” from his hiatus, back to Brown. Now, Sandoval is getting behind the new focus of Brown Venture Labs (BVL) to help college entrepreneurs grow amazing startups.
In the beginning, the seminars will be like lectures, but evolve into discussions, as the program turns its focus onto what the teams are learning from their customers. [...] As the program nears the end, and the ventures have a solid foundation underneath them from their customer development and MVP feedback. (Javier on Brown Venture Labs)
During his time with Brown Venture Labs, Javier will be the accelerator’s Mentor-In-Residence. Sandoval will also blog about his experiences, lessons, and other tips he picks up to share with others on both the Brown Venture Labs and Teens in Tech website. Sandoval will use what he learned at TechStars Seattle and apply it to BVL, including an emphasis on preparing teams to excel in the things they need now – growing an awesome product.
Stay tuned each week to learn and develop with the BVL teams, and let us know some of the biggest concerns you personally have about startup development as a college or high school student.