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VentureBlocks

Our simulation teaches students to
interview customers and identify needs

 

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Under 4 minutes each!

The Student Experience

The Student Experience

See what it's like to play VentureBlocks, in just 4 minutes.

Powerful Analytics

Powerful Analytics

Collect eye-opening insights about your students with our post-game analytics.

Easy Setup

Easy Setup

Setting up your course is so easy, this demo does it in 60 seconds.

VentureBlocks turns your students into knowledgeable and competent interviewers. It bridges the gap between the classroom and the real world.

Benefits for Students

Realistic Customer Interviews

Realistic Customer Interviews

Students experience the power of asking good questions, the downfall of asking poor questions, and the agony of rejection.

Insight Builder

Insight Builder

Our intuitive insight builder teaches students to identify customer needs that drive new business opportunities.

Immediate Feedback

Immediate Feedback

Students get instant feedback on every action taken, whether they ask a leading question or misinterpret a customer need.

Fun and Competitive

Fun and Competitive

Students compete for the top spots on a real-time leaderboard.

Get Started in Minutes

Get Started in Minutes

Students can start playing without guidance from instructors with our self-guided tutorial.

Reflection Built In

Reflection Built In

Instructors get inside students’ heads with customizable reflection questions collected throughout the simulation.

Benefits for Instructors

Burden-Free Administration

Burden-Free Administration

Enter your course details, paste your students' emails, and then relax. We do the rest, with superior support.

Measure Student Learning

Measure Student Learning

Our analytics give you an instant snapshot of how well your students understand the process of customer discovery, and where to go next.

Documentation and Support

Documentation and Support

We've got documentation, phone, and email support. We'll make sure your simulation is set up right and technical support is available.

Most simulations have a steep learning curve to get up and running for both faculty and students. But not VentureBlocks!

The Storyline

The player assumes the role of an aspiring entrepreneur that lives in a small town called Trepton. A few years ago, scientists in Trepton created a new pet: the nanu. These cute bear-like pets are becoming popular fast. The number of nanu owners in Trepton is growing and a few well-known veterinarians project nanu ownership to surpass dog ownership by the year 2040. This could be disruptive! The entrepreneur (the player) believes business opportunities exist but must learn more about nanus and their owners.
3D Nanu
VentureBlocks is played in a single sitting before or during class. Students interview potential customers and develop insights by identifying the needs of those customers. They make all the common mistakes of the customer discovery process in the safety of the simulation, and get instant feedback. The simulation is won by identifying a potential business opportunity. By playing VentureBlocks, students build the right skills and habits before they go out into the real world.

The Experience

VentureBlocks is more than a simulation. It's a complete experience that prepares students for real-world customer discovery. After your students are done, they're ready to have customer interviews and find business opportunities that really appeal to potential customers.

The Simulation

The Simulation

Students start by playing our simulation, in class or for homework. They learn about rejection, customer interviews, insight building, and opportunity identification in a fun way. Forget about reading or case studies, students learn by doing.

The Debrief

The Debrief

We provide you with all the tools you need for a powerful debrief in class. You'll get a detailed teaching note, incredible analytics about your students' strengths and weaknesses, including student reflections recorded while playing the simulation.

In-Class Exercise

In-Class Exercise

You can optionally have students experience our role playing exercise that lets them practice everything they learned in the simulation, this time with real conversations to achieve mastery.

To make it easy for instructors, we can bill students directly through our secure payment system, or work directly with your institution!

Testimonials

What instructors are saying

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Pricing

Instructor demo
FREE

    • 1 year unlimited access

Cost per student
$14.95

    • 1 year unlimited access

Institutional pricing
Contact us

    • licensing terms vary

Meet the Team

Anton Yakushin

Anton Yakushin

Chief Executive Officer

Anton Yakushin is a technology entrepreneur and software engineer. Prior to co-founding VentureBlocks, Anton partnered with educational institutions to develop apps. For over 10 years he has worked with organizations of all sizes in the education, financial, government, healthcare, and other industries to develop custom applications, architect systems, develop software, build databases, manage projects and re-engineer applications.

Heidi Neck

Heidi Neck

Chief Education Officer

Heidi Neck is the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College. She is also Faculty Director of Babson’s Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators – programs designed to further develop faculty in teaching entrepreneurship. Neck is the co-author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach written to help educators teach in more experiential and engaging ways.

Britt Libby

Britt Libby

Director of Analytics

Britt Libby applies her background in research design, analysis, and reporting to synthesize VentureBlocks simulation data to create actionable insights for professors. Her experience in marketing and consulting for clients in technology and other industries enables her to create instructor analytics that tell a story and pinpoint key areas of student learning.

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Phone: (617) 383-7467
Email: info@ventureblocks.com

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