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 created one.

We have the engine to fuel Midwest talent with the expertise and insight required to build and launch tomorrow’s leading tech companies. Our carefully designed workshops are a collaborative environment where participants learn from others by working side-by-side and sharing real-world projects.

What We Offer

Research & Development

Learn the latest research and development skills in our hybrid lecture and lab format. You’ll receive practical advice from mentors with real-world experience and gain access to modern technology project and collaboration tools.

Technology Disruption

Discover the latest technology trends to apply to ideas and innovation and learn how their disrupting everyday life. Our lecture series will bring leading voices on today’s bleeding edge technology innovations.


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.

Mentors & Coaches

Develop your personal brand and become a thought leader in technology and innovation.

Train a diverse set of current and future innovation professionals to enrich your network and build your brand in the local startup community.

Train & Coach

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, you’ll get to know this diverse set of existing and future product and innovation leaders.

Recognition & Exposure

Sharpen your leadership and innovation scales increasing recognition and exposure in your organization and community.

Training Programs

Great North Labs Startup School offers training programs from market research and Agile sprints to building a minimum viable marketing plan.


Master Your Skills

Pick an area of specific interest to hone your skills by learning from our large network of experts who come from a variety of industries.



Innovation Workshops

February 10 - December 31

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Innovation Workshops

Great North Labs is looking for partners that are interested in developing bold new ideas, building up our entrepreneurial ecosystem and supporting innovative start-ups. We are looking to host private and group innovation workshops to look at unique ideas, challenges and opportunities. If your organization is interested in hosting, contracting, or sponsoring an Innovation Workshop, contact us.

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Lean Startup Bootcamp

May 29

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Lean Startup Bootcamp

Join us for our work-friendly Lean Startup bootcamp starting May 29th. Over four Wednesday evenings, Ryan Weber, Great North Labs co-founder, successful entrepreneur, and product manager, will teach you how to use Lean methodology to develop your startup idea, become a better product manager, and use the Lean Canvas to develop a successful business plan.

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Workshops run throughout the year and cover a variety of topics.