From idea to customer in 3 months


In UIC Business Startup, you and/or your team develop your innovative business idea and verify that it has the potential to succeed. You are encouraged to meet customers at an early stage to see if the product meets a significant need, and if there are paying customers in the market. All according to the The Lean Startup model.

UIC Business Startup runs for three months and is free of charge.


UIC Business Startup is geared toward entrepreneurs or teams who want to launch and run an innovative startup.

The program also targets established companies that want to launch a new product or service to market quickly and efficiently.

UIC Business Startup

“Some of the insights I have gained through the program would have taken me at least five years to find out myself.”

– Andreas Dahlin, founder, Visualize Your Science

Program Content


At UIC Business Startup, you, your team or company work on advancing your innovative business concept and ensure that you have the fundamentals required to succeed. The method is based on the Silicon Valley-inspired Lean Startup approach of testing ideas on actual customers at an early stage to make sure that they are developing a service or product that customers want – and are willing to pay for. It ensures that you are developing a product or service based on what you know, not what you think.

The program is conducted in a workshop format in which one afternoon/week is dedicated to working on your business concept, alternated with seminars by UIC’s partners and inspirational entrepreneur presentations.


A combination of the process Customer Development together with the concepts Lean Canvas and NABC are used within UIC Business Startup.

Lean Canvas is a model for developing businesses and approaching potential customers early in the process. In this way, the company will be able to develop a product that customers really want and are willing to pay for. The NABC method has been developed at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in California. NABC is a tool for making concise and interesting pitches and company presentations. It is applied within all UIC programs.


In order to apply to UIC Business Startup you sign up to a half-day UIC Startup Bootcamp where you structure your business idea with Lean Canvas and apply to the program with your canvas.


Please send an email to and we’ll get back to you with information about coming UIC Startup Bootcamps and programs held in English.


Questions? Contact Niclas

Niclas Stjernberg
Business Developer & Program Manager UIC Business Startup

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