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NEXT Cologne is here again, starting October 23rd!

I’m stoked to announce it’s here again – We’re going for the third round of NEXT Cologne in STARTPLATZ!

NEXT Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs

For those of you who may not know, NEXT Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs is the premier experiential educational program teaching early stage startups how to build the skills and tactics your startup needs to prepare for an accelerator, investor, or early product launch, accessible at a nominal fee and on a schedule allowing for your day-job or studies in parallel.

NEXT is brought to you by the non-profit organization that also brings you Startup Weekends and Startup Digests – UP Global (recently mentioned by POTUS Obama) – and our partners include Steve Blank, TechStars and GAN – Global Accelerator Network.

It consists of a three hour evening meet-up, five times across six weeks, digital learning material with homework in between – and is adapted to people with day-jobs and university students.

It is heavily based on prof. Steve Blank’s curriculum taught at some of the most elite universities in the world like Stanford and Berkeley. And this time, the program has been completely revised and updated to be even more concrete and specific to your early-stage needs.

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New this time is also the possibility for corporations, investors and organizations to sit in, get up to speed and get educated on what makes a successful startup and how to discover and validate new business models and shadow the startup teams participating – without having to spend the time and money to go to Stanford or Berkeley to find out.

By reserving corporate seat tickets,  corporations, investors and organizations are also helping to fund the non-profit and the grassroots volunteers running the NEXT program in Cologne – and that without necessarily having to tap into their sponsoring budget and processes – adding the options to utilize employee education and event representation budgets.

Here are some impressions from the first NEXT Cologne:

This is the third NEXT in Cologne. I have written about the first and second round in the past.

Now, I hope to see you there: And don’t forget that students get 50% off the regular ticket price if they have a valid license!


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