Startup Bootcamp 2017

The primary focus of the Startup Bootcamp is to ensure participants take the right approach to starting their business by first gathering data and speaking to customers, before building their product and business.


We build on this to ensure Bootcampers know what they’re doing moving forward, including how to approach the design of their app or website (important even for non-tech businesses).


Dates: Every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday for 3 weeks starting on April 9.
Time: 5-8 PM
Where: Sirdab Lab (Dasman Complex)


Sessions: Sunday and Tuesday are content sessions, and Thursday is mentorship and follow-up, in case Bootcampers are struggling with interview questions or find some concepts unclear.


Session 1: Overview & Attitude
Overview of the Bootcamp. The importance of validation. What mindset you need to have going into your business. Common mistakes and misconceptions. Introduction to the Business Model Canvas. What makes for a great startup idea. What’s holding you back and how to address apprehensions.


Session 2: Value Proposition & Customer Segments
What makes you unique. How to stand out from the crowd. Conveying your value. Pains and gains to address and offer. Value as a relative measure. Conducting competitive analysis. Capturing user intentions and needs with user personas and stories. Preparing for interviews


Session 3: Interview Review
Takeaways from interviews conducted. How to improve questions and collected data. Prototyping. Why (and how) to build a minimum viable product (MVP). This session also includes a pitching session to improve your skills at publicspeaking. How you communicate the value of your startup is crucial to your success.


Session 4: User Experience (UX) Design
How to approach product design. Principles of design. How to unleash your creativity. Why conventions are essential to creativity. UX practices.


Session 5: Business Operations & Productivity
Project management basics. The basics of Scrum. Using kanban boards. Setting a plan for your key activities, finding partners, and gathering the right resources.


Session 6: What’s Next
Setting up a plan for what to do next and what your schedule will be to build your business. How will you grow your customer base, how will you present yourself to others (your brand). Deciding on marketing channels to use and strategy to deploy.




Haider Al-Mosawi: CEO of Sirdab Lab and Catalyze Co. Haider’s experience spans education, tech, design, and business. He’s a certified trainer and aims to make knowledge accessible to beginners in every field.


Burhan Khalid: eChannels Development Manager at Ahli United Bank Kuwait. Burhan is an active mentor in the community and an organizer of StartupQ8 and Google Developers Group events.
The Startup Bootcamp also includes guest speakers and mentors to immerse you in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kuwait.There will also be a special session with lawyer Fajer Ahmad to address legal concerns with starting a business in Kuwait (for Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis).


Registration: If you have a team with you, they join you at no extra cost. You’re joining as a startup/business, not as an individual. In previous Bootcamps the majority were single-person businesses, but we’ve had a few 2-person teams join (one team was more than two :D)


Price: 350 KD for the full Startup Bootcamp, and you get to join our Bootcamp alumni for life, which enables you to stay connected with participants from your batch and previous batches.