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The ITEP Structure

The ITEP Structure

ITEP comprises four components as: (1) problem-based instruction, (2) mentorship, (3) externship, and (4) business coaching.

Problem-based instruction will provide training on unforeseen and adverse consequences of technology for people with disabilities and underrepresented minorities. It will facilitate discussions around long-standing challenges faced by these people focusing on topics such as inclusive design, social justice, inclusive tech policy, equity implications of the innovations, and developing businesses to address these challenges.

In order to enhance skill development and provide contextual guidance, each student will have a Mentor who is a leading practitioner of utilizing technology as a tool for addressing social problems. The students will gain real world experience on launching and sustaining business and complete a PIT-related problem during their Externships at Atlanta based startups.

Business coaching will help the students develop entrepreneurial confidence and skillsets providing workshops on Business Model Canvas, customer discovery, prototyping, and minimum viable product development. It will help the students create canvases for their business ideas and solidify those ideas to ideally find product-market-fit.

There will be pitching days at the end of the ITEP, bringing all constituents together for inclusive and interactive discussions. The top students will be given admission to the CREATE-X Startup Launch incubator and accelerator to launch their companies for 2022. As part of Launch, entrepreneurs receive $20k in legal fees, $20k in accounting fees, several startup coaches, a mentor with domain expertise, access to free interns, and a $4k stipend to cover living expenses.