WHITESPACE: A New Venture Lab
Extracts from an article by Lauren Landry
WHITESPACE, a new venture lab [is] the brainchild of [Marcela] Sapone. With the goal of starting, funding and incubating businesses, Startup Lockdown served as WHITESPACE lab’s first experiment, which didn’t take long to attract the attention of fellow first-years at HBS.
“People want to join the team,” says Jess Beck, who met Sapone their first day of school. The two bonded after swapping stories of working at McKinsey, a place Beck watched several ideas never have the chance to get off the ground. “As you go throughout life, you run into people and you run into ideas that don’t have a home.”
With that problem in mind, Sapone and Beck started dreaming up ways they could reinvent the first step in starting a company -- a way that put more emphasis on unlocking the potential in people.
“People believe in our dream,” Sapone says. “They want to be in a space that allows them to be creative and add meaningful value... I want to give every individual the chance to challenge themselves"
[One] goal is to create a Kickstarter model so every idea can be given candid feedback and potential funding. “Our top goal is we want everything we do to be successful,” Sapone says.
“This is really step one,” Beck says. “This is the beginning of something. The beginning of a lot of different things.”
5 HBS Students Re-invent Spring Break:
[Startup Lockdown] by WHITESPACE
[Startup Lockdown] was an experiment in rapid company building. The first [Startup Lockdown] was held at Harvard Business School during Spring Break. Employing WHITESPACE principles in a time-pressured environment, 5 students aimed to build 5 companies in 5 days to change the way we think about entrepreneurship.
The New Alternative Spring Break: 5 Harvard Business School Students Build 5 Companies in 5 Days
“Spring break tends to involve traveling to an exotic location or burrowing in bed, trying to catch up on six week’s worth of sleep. For five Harvard Business School students, however, spring break meant redesigning how they see entrepreneurship.”
View the [Startup Lockdown] Short Documentary
The [Startup Lockdown] week was filmed by Harvard Business School as part of their documentary library capturing HBS students during their time at the school.
Watch the film on the WHITESPACE team’s business-building marathon here:
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