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Validation Workshop with Mentors

Take a customer-centric, revenue-first approach

This highly practical, activity filled 8-week startup coaching program is designed for serious startup founders.

This program uses the best elements of Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Agile frameworks. It is the result of years of experience initially as a startup founder and then as someone who has taught and coached hundreds of startup founders, students, and thousands of corporate innovators.

  • Confirm who your ideal customers are and really understand their goals, frustrations, values, behaviors, and sources of information

  • Find out what features really matter to them and how much they're willing to pay

  • Minimize your risk of failure by testing the assumptions that keep you up at night

  • Articulate your strategy through 1 page business plans.

Financials

Pricing Per Startup 

Package 

Startup Founder Coaching 

Length of Program

8 weekly sessions

Needs Assessment (Week 0)

waived

Report and Recos (After Week 8) 

waived

Original Price

Php 40,000

Early Adopter Discount

Php 15,000

Early Bird Discount

Php 7,000

Discounted Subtotal (per team)

Php 18,000


Payment Schedule

 Milestone

Amount

Upon Registration (50%

Php 9,000

August 31 (25%)

Php 4,500

September 28 (25%)

Php 4,500

Total

Php 18,000



Don't Build Stuff Nobody Needs

Here’s a startup founder’s journey that I keep seeing play out time and again. 


You come across a fantastic idea that nobody has thought of and you're convinced that pursuing this idea will dent the universe (or at least the industry it’s in), It will also transform the lives of the founders and of everybody else involved. So you start looking for a developer and maybe investors. 


You hire a developer and start building the app and after a few hundred thousand (or millions of) pesos and several months, after endless debates with your co-founders of what should and shouldn't be included, you're ready to show the world what you've created. So you launch. 


Then only a few sign up. And the few that sign up don’t understand and don’t use the app. You scramble and hustle your way to figure things out until you either run out of money or come to the painful realization that you've built something nobody needs.


In this course, we'll take it step by step from idea to real startup through a series of experiments to test your assumptions. We start from the riskiest until we get to your early adopters - also known as paying customers. 



The Coaching Program Weekly Agenda

Week 1 - 2: Understand Your Customers and Find Problems Worth Solving    (Weeks of Oct 12 and 19)

  • Customer Facing Activity: Gain empathy through interviews, observation and or immersion
  • Output: Personas and Journey Maps

Knowing your customer's goals, frustrations, values, etc allows you to design a great product and position it correctly

Knowing the actions your customer takes and how they feel about each, lets you know how to give them a great experience

Week 3 to 4: Testing and Iterating Solutions  (Weeks of Oct 26 and Nov 2) 

  • Customer Facing Activity: Test pricing and features with potential customers by collecting signups
  • Experiment Tracker 

Based on the Javelin Board and Lean Startup's Build-Measure-Learn  framework. This tracker lets you to turn idea into an assumption, design and build an experiment to test it, run the experiment and measure the results. This is also where you keep your find all the key insights gained over time.

Week 5 - 6: Find Your First Paying Customers (Weeks of Nov 9 and 16) 

  • Customer Facing Activity: Do soft-launches and try to get paid through a mix of pre-sale campaigns and solution interviews. Did they buy? Start serving them! Not buying? Find out why and pivot pivot pivot! 
  • Tools You'll Use:  Sales Funnel

The sales funnel measures how many are able to go from being made aware of your product, to considering it, to signing up then later on becoming a paying customer

Week 7 - 8: Prepare for Growth (Nov 23 and 30) 

  • Customer Facing Activity: Interview those that paid you (your early adopters), collect feedback and turn them into evangelists. 
  • Tools You'll Use:  Lean and Business Model Canvas


This is a one page business plan and strategy document that takes an hour to get started and a few minutes each week to update. 


We Don't Teach Theory

80% action, 20% concept and all participants get the following

  • Road map to Success

    Video lessons and articles that clearly define what you need to do, step by step. As a byproduct, you avoid critical mistakes most of the first time founders (also some of the veterans) make

  • Weekly Coaching

    Having a road map is great but you also need to make sure you're doing it right. You get 1on1 coaching with me to get feedback specific to you and also learn from your peers through group coaching.

  • Templates and Tools

    Customer Personas, Customer Journey Maps, Scripts, Experiment Trackers, Lean Canvas, Sales funnel and a file management system. Not enough? Ask me anything at anytime.

Save Php 7,000 if you register before Sep 14

Be an early adopter and early bird to get huge discounts!

If you register by Sep 14, pay only USD 180 (or Php 9,000) which is 50% down payment for the super early bird + early adopter rate.

If you register after Sep 14, you will have to pay USD 250 (or Php 12,500) which is 50% of the early bird + early adopter rate of Batch 2

All enrollments in October will be priced the regular rate of Php 30,000

Batch 3 onwards will be priced at Php 40,000

Bonus! All super early birds get free enrollment in the online course when it goes live on Sept 17!

For those unable to pay through paypal

Down payment is $180 or Php 9K

Option 1:
Use your Paymaya or GCash card to pay through PayPal

Option 2:
Step 1: Make a deposit to BPI Carlo P Valencia
- SA # 2609238286 or the QR code on the right
Step 2: Send deposit slip or screenshot to
carlo@startupphtraining.com with subject heading "Payment for [student name]"
Step 3: Receive coupon code and register
BPI Savings Account for Carlo P Valencia SA #2609238286

Do you have questions?

It's a major commitment, I get it. You can check the FAQ section below but don't hesitate to book me for a call to answer your questions and find out if this is the coaching program for you.

The 4 Mindsets of Successful Founders

These mindsets are what successful innovators and entrepreneurs have. It's also what we hope to instill in you. For the full article check this link here

  • Find customers first before building anything

  • Don't make long term plans. Test your assumptions - starting from the riskiest

  • Everything is an experiment

  • Fail fast often AND ALWAYS forward

About Carlo and Startup PH Training

After failing in my VC-funded tech startup which I founded and ran for two years, I found myself teaching other founders how to not make the same mistakes through lots of coffee and running public workshops. I also started doing private workshops like the startup training program by PSIA and DICT, the Ideaspace Program, Smart Sweep (for college students) to name a few.

Soon I found myself doing private corporate innovation training where I taught Design Thinking and Agile to government units and larger corporations such as Phivolcs, Department of Agriculture, Microsoft, PNB, Cebuana, Alveo, and more.

Finally, I've had the opportunity to bring the same highly interactive workshops into higher education by teaching entrepreneurship in Mint (Meridian College), CIIT College of Arts and Technology, and now CIIT Senior High School. I barely did exams but I did give a lot of homework and expected them to find paying customers. And find them they did.

So now I want to share the same learning to more people, practice what I preach, and build my career through digital products and coaching programs.

Some of Carlo's corporate clients

Microsoft
Smart
DOST Phivolcs
Alveo
Globe

Where Carlo has taught

Meridian College International
DLSU Animo Labs

Words for Carlo

“We see pitches everyday and we feel that most have not validated their idea and have proceeded to create the product and that’s our main issue

Attending Carlo’s workshop prevents founders from just creating products and spending money. It also allows them to be more efficient with their products and ideas. ”

Francis Simisim

Social Light, Blogapalooza and When in Manila
Co-founder, Venture Capitalist and Startup Advocate

“You will always be part of my startup story, I tell people na I met you prior sa Final Pitch. Continue to be a blessing to others.

Tanda ko pa rin lahat ng mga naturo mo. Thanks Carlo for everything!”

Maria Korina Bertulfo

Filipina Homebased Moms (FHMoms)
CEO and Founder, Final Pitch Finalist

“Super important to determine ahead of time whether or not there is a market for your product. So getting input from your target audience, your target customer base on the assumptions that you’ve made is critical. Ultimately they are going to be the customers that will pay you.

If you don’t do it, you end up with a product with no customers.” ”

Alex Alabiso

Sprout Solutions
Chief Technology Officer
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Introduction to Lean Startup

http://theleanstartup.com/principles


  • Lean startup is a methodology for developing new businesses and products. 
  • It’s aim is to shorten product development cycles and rapidly discover if a proposed business model is viable

  • This is achieved by adopting a combination of experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.


Benefits of Using the Lean Startup Methodology


Eliminate Uncertainty

  • It isn't simply about spending less money or about failing fast, failing cheap.

  • It’s about putting a methodology around the development of new products 


Work smarter not harder

  • The question that needs to be answered is not "Can this product be built?" Instead, the questions are "Should this product be built?"

Validated Learning

  • The unit of progress for Lean Startups is validated learning-a rigorous method for demonstrating progress when one is embedded in the soil of extreme uncertainty.

Introduction to Design Thinking

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. — Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO.


The Design Thinking Mindset

As a mindset, Design Thinking prescribes that we don't need to make major investments in order to learn. We don't need to build and launch. We can simply go straight to learning until we get to the point that we are confident that we will build and launch is something that people will love. 



The Design Thinking Framework


The Design Thinking framework prescribes two mindsets.

Pillar # 1: Begin with Empathy. Understand the people you want to build for before you create or build any solution. Understand their goals, motivations, behaviors,  journey, sources of information and most especially their frustrations. Understand without judgement and with lots of empathy.

 

Pillar # 2: Fail fast often and forward. Any IT professional knows that version 1 is never the final solution. Succeeding versions arise from the shortcomings of the earlier versions identified through feedback. So collect that feedback sooner not later and use the learning to rapidly iterate the solution.


Financials

Pricing Per Startup 

Package 

Startup Founder Coaching 

Length of Program

8 weekly sessions

Needs Assessment (Week 0)

waived

Report and Recos (After Week 8) 

waived

Original Price

Php 40,000

Early Adopter Discount

Php 15,000

Early Bird Discount

Php 7,000

Discounted Subtotal (per team)

Php 18,000


Payment Schedule

 Milestone

Amount

Upon Registration (50%

Php 9,000

August 31 (25%)

Php 4,500

September 28 (25%)

Php 4,500

Total

Php 18,000


Payment Options

  • Click on "Reserve my Slot" To pay via PayPal, Paymaya  & GCash
  • To pay via 


Save Php 7,000 if you register before Aug 7.

Be an early adopter and and early bird to get huge discounts!

If you register by Aug 7, pay only USD 180 (or Php 9,000) which is 50% down payment for the early bird + early adopter rate.

If you register after Aug 7, you will have to pay USD 250 (or Php 12,500) which is 50% of the early adopter rate of Batch 1

Batch 1, starts on the week of Aug 10
Batch 2 will be in October and priced at Php 30,000.
Batches 3 onwards will be priced at Php 40,000

For those unable to pay through paypal

Down payment is $180 or Php 9K

Option 1:
Use your Paymaya or GCash card to pay through PayPal

Option 2:
Step 1: Make a deposit to BPI Carlo P Valencia
- SA # 2609238286 or the QR code on the right
Step 2: Send deposit slip or screenshot to
carlo@startupphtraining.com with subject heading "Payment for [student name]"
Step 3: Receive coupon code and register
BPI Savings Account for Carlo P Valencia SA #2609238286

Do you have questions?

It's a major commitment, I get it. Book me for a call to answer your questions and find out if this coaching program is for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have more questions, email me at carlo@startupphtraining.com

  • Will taking this course guarantee that my startup will succeed?

    To be clear, no. But it will give you a very good chance that it will. The focus of this course is to help you learn how to begin from a place of understanding and empathy, rapidly test your ideas, and design your solution based on what people are willing to pay for. There are other factors such as the idea itself, your drive or other things that compete for your attention as you are completing this course, and running your startup. Startups are hard and takes a lot of your time. Taking this course doesn't exempt you from the effort, passion, or time required. It does give you a road map and guide towards achieving success though.

  • What if I already have an MVP or in the middle of developing it.

    That's totally fine though initially we won't be focusing on that, and I highly recommend you put a hold on it. Know that it's very difficult to be a solution looking for a problem.

    We will be focusing on getting to know the people that could potentially be using it, understand their problems, and then see if what you've built is the best solution for it.

    If not, then the good news is you've saved yourself from spending more money and time building something people don't need.

  • What if I already have some paying customers?

    That's great! That's really critical at the very early stages of a startup. The focus will be on sustaining and growing your customer base. The fundamentals are actually the same regardless of stage (Begin by understanding, then prototype and test)

    If you already have customers then we know who you need to talk to. Instead of finding out what problem we could potentially solve for them, we'll find out what problem you've been solving for them then get to know them even more. We'll understand how they feel about doing business with you and the areas that you can improve. By doing so, we'll keep them happy, keep and make sure they keep buying from us and also find more people like them to grow our startup.

  • How do I know that this coaching program is for me?

    If you have a startup idea and are willing to invest time into it to make this succeed. If there is a problem so big that it affects you so much and are passionate about solving it. If you are hoping to make this idea your full time career soon as you to afford it, if you are working with a team and have committed to each other to make it succeed, then this is for you. Even if you have a full time job but are committed to your idea, then this is for you.

  • How much time will this take?

    A chapter will take about an hour to complete per week. In each chapter will need to complete activities you need (interviews, prototyping, creating pages, testing, reviewing, etc) which will probably take between a day or two. You will also need to set aside about a couple of hours worth of 1on1 coaching and meetings if you are working with a team. So overall perhaps about 2 to 3 days per week.

    But the time you spend on the course shouldn't be separate from the time you spend on your startup. Remember that this coaching program is meant to guide you in your startup journey so that the time you spend completing the activities will be time spent on your startup.

  • What day and time will the sessions be? Do I need to commit to a consistent day and time?

    In a nutshell, no. The beauty about 1on1 coaching is that we can arrange our schedule that we're both available. While a consistent schedule makes things convenient for me. I understand that this isn't always possible. Do note that starting August 26, I won't be available Wednesday mornings and anytime before 5pm on Fridays.

  • What if I don't like selling?

    That might be a problem because business and startups are all about selling. Not just to your customers but also by selling your vision when recruiting your co-founders, your employees, and later on to investors and other customers.

    The good news is that we don't sell to people that don't need our product or service. You won't need to do any convincing. If you do, then you're doing it wrong. People often associate selling with being that suave smooth talker that's trying to deceitfully convince us to buy something. That's now what you're going to learn.

    What you're going to learn is how to empathize with people, really understand them and match their problems with a solution to their problems and price it reasonably. Selling is problem solving. And if you like problem solving but don't like the old-school definition of selling, then this is your course.

  • What if I don't learn anything? Do I get my money back?

    This is a learn-by-doing type of course so if you do the activities that this course makes you do, then you will 100% learn a lot of things.

    You risk not learning anything if you simply watch the videos and don't complete the prescribed activities and attend the 1on1 sessions. If at anytime you don't feel that you are learning anything, let me know and I'm more than happy to give you your money back. All I ask is that you tell us what I could have done better.