Welcome to Beta Studio

Passion, Play, Prototype

Beta Studio is an upcoming prototyping incubator powered by StartUP FIU that will enable members of FIU and the South Florida community to build, test, and de-risk their entrepreneurial ideas.  

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Beta Studio is a program located at Modesto Maidique Campus designed to help individuals take their ideas from napkin to reality. Beta Studio brings together the best parts of a Google Sprint and Design Thinking.

The 5 week recurring program will have teams with a startup idea go through a rigorous validation process including: 

  • Problem
  • Solution
  • User Experience
  • Prototype
  • Demo Day

The program will launch in 2018.

Who is it For?

Beta Studio is meant for teams and individuals at the idea stage. This means they are pre-revenue and their concept has yet to be proven in the market. This program fast tracks participants through a validation process culminating in a prototype.

How do I apply?

Applications are not open yet, but you can sign up to our mailing list to be notified of news updates, application requirements and deadlines and learning content to get a jump start on prototyping.

Who should apply?

Anyone with an idea! It can be a single person or a team submission. The program is open to all FIU and non-FIU undergraduate, graduate, faculty, alumni and any member of our South Florida community.

When will the program launch?

The program will launch later this year. For updates and learning content to prepare you meanwhile, you can subscribe to our mailing list.

How much does the program cost?

Nothing. Zip. Nada. Beta Studio has been designed to be a free resource open for all FIU and non-FIU students, faculty and staff, alumni and any resident from the South Florida community.

The best part – we do not take any equity from your company either.

Is there an age requirement?

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for the StartUP FIU program. If you are chosen as a participant and are under the age of 18, you will be required to have your parent or legal guardian sign a release.

What is the application process?

You will be required to fill out an application form with details about yourself, your idea, and your team. Applicants who make it to the second round will be called for an in-person interview, after which final decisions will be made.

How much time is expected of me if my team is accepted?

We recommend planning on investing approximately 20 hours a week to take full advantage and be successful in StartUP FIU’s Beta Studio.

While in-class time will only be about 7-8 hours, you will be required to do independent work in the field to validate your product and develop other information.

Who should apply?What if my application gets denied, can I apply again?

Yes.  You are encouraged to ask for feedback and re-apply. The program will occur on a rolling basis every 5 weeks, and so you don’t need to wait a full semester to reapply.

Do I have to be in Miami in order to participate in the program?

Yes, participants need to be present to participate in the program at the FIU Main Campus.

What is expected of me after the completion of the program?

Becoming a StartUP FIU alumnus makes you a part of our ever-expanding network of entrepreneurs. Our program is meant to be more than just the curriculum and classes. We are building a community – we want to help you all the way to being a successful scalable startup. Once you complete Beta Studio you will have preferred admission to the EMPOWER Accelerator, where you will get investor ready.

After Empower

After Empower we hope you’ll come back and give back to those just starting the journey either as a domain expert, advisor, mentor, speaker, investor, etc. Based on your availability, interests and expertise, we can inform you about our needs and discuss the best way for you to become involved.

What happens if…

If you need more time to complete a weekly module, just take the time and join the next module when you are ready. Find that you need to rethink your prototype, no problem. Just start over with whichever module you choose.

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