The Startup Ideation Workshop is a fun activity you can run with your team, students, or clients. The workshop can be hosted in about 30-40 min. depending on the group's size.
This workshop was designed to spark creativity and curiosity. You will follow the ideation process of divergent and convergent thinking with a twist of fun. The objective is to show to the participants the power of making unconventional connections.
This workshop works as an excellent ice-breaker for events, classes, conferences, or design sprints. The workshop is designed to be hosted at a fast pace and to make people comfortable with working on innovative ideas.
There are detailed instructions on how to host the workshop inside the Miroboard, but here is a quick summary:
Collect random words from the participants.
Breakout participants into teams of max. 5 people.
Ask the participants to pick a team leader.
Ask team leaders to pick two words from the random words collected (this is your new startup).
Ask people to answer the investment criteria questions:
What problem are you solving
How does the product looks like (Sketch) 3) What's the business model.
Host a crazy 8's ideation session to help participants sketch the final product.
Make a final discussion on the details around the investment criteria.
Ask each leader of the team to quickly pitch the startup idea in under 2 min. + Q&A (Make questions fun).
Explain to everyone that they have 6 million euros/dollars as a team to invest in the best ideas.
Ask people to keep an open mind, the ideas won't make sense, but it's about forcing participants to make connections they wouldn't normally make.
Encourage fun discussions and questions, they add value to the atmosphere.