IMVU Will Sponsor Scholarships to the Startup Lessons Learned Conference

IMVU will sponsor “scholarships” to attend for free the Startup Lessons Learned Conference on April 23, 2010.  In addition, IMVU speakers will participate in the conference.

Startup Lessons Learned is the first event designed to unite those interested in what it takes to succeed in building a lean startup. The goal for this event is to give practitioners and students of the lean startup methodology the opportunity to hear insights from leaders in embracing and deploying the core principles of the lean startup methodology. The day-long event will feature a mix of panels and talks focused on the key challenges and issues that technical and market-facing people at startups need to understand in order to succeed in building successful lean startups.

The Lean Startup is a practical approach for creating and managing a new breed of company that excels in low-cost experimentation, rapid iteration, and true customer insight. It uses principles of agile software development, open source and web 2.0, and lean manufacturing to guide the creation of technology businesses that create disruptive innovation. The conference is being hosted by IMVU Co-Founder and former CTO, Eric Ries, who frequently cites IMVU as a successful example of starting a company using the lean startup methodology.

Scholarship Details

There will be eight lucky winners. The scholarships cover the full price of conference registration, valued at $699 for the “early-bird” registration.  IMVU hopes this will enable participation for a few people that are at the stage where the price of the conference might be a challenge for their startup.

More information regarding the conference can be found here.

If you would like to be a candidate for a conference scholarship, send an e-mail to and, in 500 words or less, describe yourself, how you are using (or intend to use) a lean startup methodology and how the scholarship will help you or your company.  The deadline for submission is midnight on Monday, April 12, 2010 and the selected recipients will be contacted by Friday, April 16, 2010.

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