The PresenTense curriculum is inspired by human-centered design theory championed by Tim Brown of IDEO. The Fellows develop their ventures according to the following guided process, broken down into three phases:
Over the course of these phases, Fellows, Steering Committee Members, and Mentors work together through the following modules, concluding with Launch Night at the end of May. These modules are described at greater length in the pages to come.
Seminars taught by PresenTense ensure transfer of core skills and tools.
Clusters bring Fellows together to workshop shared challenges.
Milestones push fellows to practice business elements; Coaches help them along.
Case Studies introduce fellows to lived experiences of successful entrepreneurs.
Mentors provide guidance, feedback and professional opinion.
Launch Night teaches networking skills and exposes the venture to the public.