The Mashauri AI Venture Hack Program

Artificial intelligence is not only facilitating our ability to create new ventures; it can also be a technology that underpins a new business. Mashauri has developed a program aimed at helping University students seize this opportunity and commence on an exciting journey to develop their own AI-based business venture while learning about the scientific approach to venture creation.

AI will be used in two ways: Using AI-based tools that will help you build the venture more efficiently; and you will be building a venture powered by AI.

This is a 12-week virtual (online) incubator program commencing in Q1 of 2024. Universities from all over the world will be offered the chance to participate and so your students will interact with peers from many other Universities. A high-level curriculum is shown below.

Important note: the number of institutions allowed to participate will be capped and steep discounts are offered for early commitment. Click the button below to find out about the exciting deals on offer.

AI Venture Hack Students

To the institution: Key features of this program will be:

  • Our AI-based and scalable platform, results in a high-quality program at an exceptionally low cost (see price button above)
  • Receive weekly reports on your students to enable you to support them if you wish.
  • A final report highlighting value-added will also be available to allow you to easily capture them to add to your own KPIs
  • A low resource requirement from the institution to launch and participate
  • Students will receive extremely engaging and high-quality, entrepreneurial education.
  • Branding opportunity in the marketing of the program to students and in the course.
  • Students will initiate an AI-based venture while participating in the program

The process will be as follows:

  • Universities express an interest and we will supply you with further details and a proposal.
  • On reaching an agreement, the University will receive a launch pack including customisable marketing material and the enrolment process.
  • Universities market the program to selected students who then register directly on the program
  • Universities will be kept informed of their own student registrations as they occur
  • Universities will receive a weekly report updating them on student progress and leaderboard position against other participants
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AI Venture Hack Students

To the student … get ready for an exciting journey! 🚀

  • You will work off the Mashauri platform, your gateway to a world of knowledge and venture-building exercises. With only 4 to 6 hours of work per week, you can conquer this at your own pace.
  • Join webinars that will ignite your passion and tap into support from both our friendly chatbot and real humans. 
  • It’s not your typical learning experience; it’s a gamified adventure! Engage, have fun, and get excited about your journey.
  • No special skills needed! Just your basics with Google tools, a device, and an internet connection.
  • Through hands-on learning, you’ll unlock your entrepreneurial potential and gain invaluable insights into AI, the hottest tech in the world today!

Your future starts here! #GameOn #LearnAndBuild

Draft Curriculum

Note: This draft curriculum will be refined as we co-create with other experts in the field and stay up to date with the latest available tools.

Intertwined in the curriculum, the student will build out an AI-based venture and market-test it.

Module 1: The Scientific Approach to Launching a Business

  1. Lean methodology: Emphasizing efficiency and iteration in business development.
  2. Business model exploration: Understanding different frameworks to structure and validate your business idea.
  3. Problem and customer focus: Identifying target customers and their pain points to drive product development.


Module 2
: The Basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  1. Introduction to AI: A beginner-friendly overview of what AI is and its applications.
  2. AI concepts: Exploring key concepts like machine learning, neural networks, and algorithms.
  3. AI’s impact: Discussing how AI is transforming industries and creating new opportunities.


Module 3
: No Code and Low Code AI Tools

  1. No code tools: Exploring platforms that allow building AI solutions without programming.
  2. Low code platforms: Understanding tools that streamline AI development with minimal coding.
  3. Practical applications: Examples of projects where no code/low code AI tools can be applied.


Module 4:
 Defining the Problem You Wish to Solve

  1. Crafting a problem statement: Formulating a clear and concise description of the issue you’re addressing.
  2. Customer identification: Identifying your target audience and their needs.
  3. Problem intensity and early adopters: Evaluating the urgency of the problem and finding early supporters.


Module 5
: Problem Validation and Customer Discovery

  1. Customer discovery process: Learning techniques to gather insights directly from potential customers.
  2. Market research: Understanding the competitive landscape and market demand.
  3. Iterative feedback: Incorporating customer feedback to refine your problem-solution fit.


Module 6
: Build, Brand, and Test an AI-Based Prototype

  1. Prototype development: Creating a working model of your AI solution.
  2. Branding and design: Enhancing the user experience and visual appeal of your prototype.
  3. Testing and iteration: Gathering user feedback and refining the prototype based on results.


Module 7
: Business Model Development

  1. Business model overview: Introducing the concept of the Business Model Canvas.
  2. Key components: Exploring the nine building blocks of the Business Model Canvas.
  3. Value proposition: Understanding how your product or service addresses customer needs and stands out in the market.


Module 8
: Pitching the Venture

  • Pitch essentials: Learning how to effectively communicate your business idea to potential stakeholders.
  • Presentation skills: Enhancing your ability to convey your vision confidently and persuasively.
  • Investor perspective: Understanding what investors look for in a compelling business pitch.

Mashauri Virtual Incubator Modus Operandi

Mashauri has been running its virtual incubators for almost a decade and has refined the model to achieve high engagement and completion rates. Key features are:

  • Education content is varied and engaging and includes interactivity such as quizzes
  • Gamification is built in to further stimulate interest and excitement
  • Student progress is tracked via traditional methods, and algorithms and supported by AI. Students at risk are contacted and encouraged individually.
  • Student efforts are roughly split 60:40 in terms of venture-building activities : entrepreneurial education
  • The program is interspersed with opportunities to network with fellow students through webinars and other peerr-to-peer activities
  • Our incubators are underpinned by MECFrame, our proprietary entrepreneurial competency framework
  • More than 2,000 students have passed through our programs in the last 5 years who proclaim the benefits, outcomes and enjoyment of our courses.
  • Although students are able to work independently through the program, the “sweet spot” is where the institution stays involves in the program and the student progress.

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