academy-coverBe prepared to build, pitch, pivot, and execute your lean start-up in five days from the world’s innovation hub in New York/New Jersey, USA!

You will have chance to meet global entrepreneurs, VCs, business experts, faculty AND have breakfasts with different entrepreneurs to gain insights and advice.
Experiential learning including company and cultural visits is an added bonus!


When & Where?

  • 12th – 18th June 2016
  • New Jersey / New York

Team Formation

Participants will network to form (or participate having already formed) groups to develop a business model canvas for a specific idea.
Team formation also occurs through aggregation around preferred ideas, so participants are not required to have a new venture idea at the start.

Dynamic Learning Modules

We have designed modules that will take participants through the fundamental concepts and tools to help them identify entrepreneurial opportunities and create a new venture. Then, instead of engaging in months-long planning and research, teams will put their untested hypotheses to the table and build.

The ICSB Academy has partnered with LaunchPad Central, an online tool through which participants, working in teams, will utilize the application to accelerate the design and testing period of their business model throughout the course of the ICSB Academy.

Lean Start-up

Focused on action-based learning and product or service testing, teams will then enter the agile development phase, whereby students will engage in customer visits and Global Faculty consultations.


By the end of the week, participants will pitch and crowd-source their businesses to the participants of the ICSB World Conference to compete for the ICSB Academy award. A further award will be given to the school representing the most successful students in the cohort.

Participants will have chance to meet the Global Faculty who are distinguished academicians from leading institutions of higher education from across the globe, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business expert. Furthermore, case studies and success stories of real people, and learning modules on fundamental concepts and tools will help participants identify entrepreneurial opportunities.

The Global Faculty will support venture topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development Goals,
  • Clean Energy,
  • Social Entrepreneurship,
  • Entrepreneurship & Leadership,
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship & Information Technology (IT),
  • Entrepreneurship & Peace,
  • Entrepreneurship & the Arts,
  • Entrepreneurship & the Sciences, and
  • Entrepreneurship & Education.

Participants will be paired with mentors to gain insights and advice on their ideas and learn from mentors’ experiences in an ICSB Academy module known as Breakfast with an Entrepreneur.

How to Apply?

How to Apply?

Register at ICSB Academy website by 30th of April 2016.
Once you register, please inform Global Partnerships Coordinator at AVP

Participation fee

  • Academy Registration $500 (Approx. 460€)
    Includes registration to the seminars and workshops of the 2016 ICSB World Conference


  • Dormitory Stay $250 (Approx. 230€)
    Private, fully furnished, 3-person dormitory room on campus of Stevens Institute for entire week
  • Gala Ticket $100 (Approx. 90€)
    2016 ICSB Gala, the culmination of the annual ICSB Conference

Participants’ Experiences

“It brings an interesting way of thinking to the engineering field.”

“The course was very insightful and provided great entrepreneurial ideas through its contents.”

“The presentation by the faculty was extremely practical and able to be applied from the get-go.”


If you want to know more about this, contact AVP:
Myung-gi ‘MJ’ Suh
Global Partnerships
Aalto Ventures Program
+358 50 468 5845
+358 458 945218 (Out of office)

Contact the Internatonal Council for Small Business (“ICSB”) directly for more information:
Phone: +1 202-994-0704
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