A school for founders, by founders.

Learn how to research, build and launch business ideas in a collaborative environment through practical, real-world projects.

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The Midwest needed a startup school. So we helped create one.

With our partners Red Wing Ignite and ILT Studios, we created an engine to fuel Midwest talent with the expertise and insight required to build and launch tomorrow’s leading tech companies. Our carefully designed startup education program takes entrepreneurs from ideation through validation and presentation to investors.

What We Offer

Research & Development

Learn practical innovation skills in our flipped classroom format. You’ll receive advice and guidance from mentors during in-class sessions, with theory education completed outside of class, to maximize your time with instructors. 

Innovation Methods

Discover effective methods to develop ideas and create innovation. Our instructors are seasoned entrepreneurs, teachers, and innovators.


Connect with other innovators, entrepreneurs, and the broader business community. The best education is learning from others and the networking you’ll receive through our collaborative course and events will last a lifetime.

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Partners & Coaches

The Lean Startup School is a collaborative effort by leading entrepreneurial ecosystem partners in Minnesota.

Our partners include Red Wing Ignite, E1 Ecosystem Builders, MN DEED, and Launch Minnesota. The course is powered by ILT Studios, and more info can be found at ILT Academy.

Why our school

Build Your Network

We reach small to large tech startups, non-profits, and higher education students with our training programs. By leading a workshop or becoming a local community facilitator, you’ll get to know this diverse set of existing and future product and innovation leaders.

Recognition & Exposure

Sharpen your leadership and innovation skills to increase recognition and exposure in your organization and community.

Training Programs

The Startup School teaches participants about design innovation and the Lean Startup process, and how to identify, develop, define, validate, finance and commercialize their ideas