The Oakland Boot Camp 2016 is the latest Boot Camp that we planned, managed and executed for PowerMoves NOLA. Nine companies took part in the Boot Camp which consisted of five virtual classes and two days of "on location" classes at the ImpactHub Oakland in Oakland, CA on August 25 & 26 culminating in a Demo Day on August 27th.
During the Boot Camp classes, we used our Self Acceleration curriculum to focus on guiding companies in creating market-viable business models and investor-ready pitches. Using our business modeling assessment tools, each company provided data and information about their business model. We used the business model assessment data to assess the state of each company's business model in order to provide relevant guidance.
During the two days of "on location" classes, our instructors went in depth and "peeled the onion" of each company's business model key components in a peer learning environment.
Key components of business models were throughly vetted as founders had other founders digging deep into their business models asking clarifying questions.
The founders also had the benefit of hearing from various mentors, investors, experienced entrepreneurs and representative from accelerators including Don Loeb of Techstars, Clayton Bryan of 500 Startups and Jorge Estrada of Kapor Capital.
AdThrill, a company working to improve the efficiency of ads walked away with $5k for the best pitch and business model on Demo Day.
The following are the companies that took part in the Oakland Boot Camp 2016:
Diverse entertainment for kids.
Providing the fastest and easiest way to obtain your ethnic groceries, through the use of the OjaExpress app.
Helping construction firm contractors manage and grow their business.
Storing all your career experiences in the cloud, uniquely organized for quick filtering to create dynamic sharable documents, giving you a better faster way to present yourself to the professional world.
A social network where squads create and share content to form group identities.
Helping marketers create their best advertisements by paying their target customers to watch, rate, and provide feedback on the ads they create before they go live to larger platforms like TV or Social Media.
Banks and educates those that are unbanked, underbanked, or under-resourced by providing untraditional banking options.
Accounting solutions for today's small business owners.
Connecting current students and alumni through mentorship at universities.
These companies are now members of our alumni network community where they virtually engage with other founders from around the country, exchanging information and ideas and supporting each other. In addition, they have free access to continuing education classes, Self Acceleration classes, peer learning events, access to tech ecosystem networks and cost reducing perks from service providers.
If you are interested in taking part in a future boot camp, contact us here with details about your company and traction.