How to Start a Startup

Learn how to start from an idea and grow into a business

April 12, 2017 - May 3, 2017

This 5-week interactive course will cover best practices for how to launch a startup. The course will cover an introductory outline of starting a business using lean methodology: a streamlined process based on building, testing, and iterating your product and business. Regardless of whether you want to build a lifestyle, small-business, or high growth venture, learn important topics you need to cover through every step of the business from idea creation to market research to fundraising.

The course is taught by Sultan Ventures’ Managing Partner Tarik Sultan; Sultan Ventures has invested millions of dollars into the Hawaii startup ecosystem and raised millions more. Certain sessions may be taught by guest experts. The instructor may also provide templates, additional resources, and recommended reading materials

Design Thinking

How to come up with creative ideas

Market Research

How to evaluate the market opportunity and competitive landscape

The Lean Startup

How to rapidly and efficiently refine your concept to achieve product-market fit. Validating your market + Customer Interviews

Financials Part I

How to perform fundamental analyses to determine financial feasibility and growth potential.

Financials Part II

How to raise funding for your venture


How to create a Go-to-Market strategy and channels for customer acquisition

Pitch and Presentation

How to pitch your opportunity to prospective funders, new hires, partners, and customers.


Tarik Sultan

Founder & Managing Partner,  Sultan VenturesTarik Co-founded Sultan Ventures and XLR8UH and along with his brother Omar is the recipient

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