How do we know that our business ideas are going to create the positive change we want to see in the world? Or that our ideas have a chance of becoming a thriving business that serves our community? In an environment where the majority of new businesses fail, lean principles aim to give startups a better chance of success by helping entrepreneurs learn more quickly what works and discard what doesn’t.

If you have an idea for a business and aren’t sure how to get started, join us for Explore Your Business Idea on Monday, January 21, 11am-1pm at Impact Hub Oakland. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to use lean practices to test, validate, and adapt your business idea to ensure you’re creating the greatest impact and investing your time in something that truly meets the needs of your customers and community.

Uptima Presents Fyodor Ovchinnikov, Lead Instructor & Mentor for our Launching a Business course in Oakland. Fyodor is co-founder and managing partner of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership – a California-based social enterprise that builds leadership capacity in public, private, and social sectors to address world’s pressing challenges through cultural and institutional redesign. Besides that, as Lead Instructor, Mentor, and Board Member of Uptima Business Bootcamp and the main driving force behind Academy of Management’s prestigious Entrepreneurship Practice Award, Fyodor helps define and promote the role of entrepreneurship in creating a more just, sustainable, and flourishing world. Prior experience includes curriculum design and teaching at Lomonosov Moscow State University and educating 200+ executives, entrepreneurs, and business professionals in cultural intelligence through his Moscow-based company Center for Intercultural Communication. Fyodor has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Asian and African Studies, both with honors, from Lomonosov Moscow State University. He has also completed the Managing Teams for Innovation and Success program at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Advanced Strategy Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He graduated from the Uptima program in 2015.

About Uptima Business Bootcamp

Uptima Business Bootcamp is an innovative member-owned business accelerator dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with greater access to hands-on education, resources and community to create thriving businesses. We offer rigorous and culturally relevant courses and classes, business advising services, and custom programs to give busy entrepreneurs the tools and support to build financial sustainability and personal success, while creating positive social, environmental, and economic impact. Our programs support freelancers, small business owners, and startup founders to start, plan, grow, fund, and keep their businesses in their communities.

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Uptima Business Bootcamp


Date & Time

January 21 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm


Impact Hub Oakland – 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA


Updated on 21 December 2018