A 10-week program to help you build your minimum viable product (MVP)

Virtual
May 3rd, 2022
10 Weeks

Data shows that women and women led technology companies may take longer to develop their minimum viable product (MVP) because they lack the technical skills required within their founding team. This can cause the companies to stall longer than necessary at the discovery or early validation stage of development.

In partnership with WEtech Alliance and Sitaran Group, Haltech is bringing back Roadmap to MVP – a 10-week series that will help women-identifying tech entrepreneurs accelerate through this milestone.

What is Roadmap to MVP?

Roadmap to MVP aims to give woman-identifying entrepreneurs the opportunity to define and develop their MVP in a supportive and collaborative group environment. Participants will gain access to a community of other women founders and will receive 1:1 mentorship from our program facilitator – Reema Duggal – President of Sitaran Group and Co-Founder of Silicon Halton.

Who is the Roadmap to MVP program for?

  • Women identifying founders and entrepreneurs in the early stages of their startup
  • Founders looking for guidance to build their MVP (minimum viable product)
  • Women who lack the technical skills or knowledge to plan and build their MVP alone
  • Founders who want a sense of community and common objectives with those around them

Scope & Commitment

Roadmap to MVP is a 10-week commitment consisting of 5 in-depth sessions designed to help you build your MVP. These 5 sessions will take you through the fundamental steps, key strategies, tools and resources that can help you efficiently build your MVP. Each session is followed by a “Virtual Office Hours” workshop, where you will have the opportunity to get to work and ask any questions you may have.

Session 1

Understanding The Product Development Lifecycle

This introduction session will help you: 

  • Understand the product development lifecycle 
  • Understand what goes into a solution definition / scope of work 
  • Understand how to develop your project plans, test plans, assumptions, risks, constraints, and budget 

Session 2

Defining Your MVP Product Features and Functions

In this session you will learn how to develop: 

  • Your mission / vision 
  • Your user’s journey 
  • Features, functions 
  • Data flows 
  • Integration requirements

Session 3

Developing Your MVP with Low Code / No Code Applications (Part 1)

In this session you will learn about: 

  • No code / low code platforms available to you
  • How they work and how to try them 

You will be walked through a few of the platforms to build a simple application.

Session 4

Developing Your MVP with Low Code / No Code Applications (Part 2)

In this session you will learn about: 

  • Working through build challenges
  • Making sure the processes, data, and user interfaces work
  • Testing

Session 5

Developing Your MVP With External Help

In this session you will learn about: 

  • How you can find a development team
  • How to share your vision/scope, features & functions, timelines & budget
  • How expectations need to be defined for successful projects
  • Top hosting/cloud computing platforms available to you to host your solution & how to evaluate features
  • How to understand pricing models

Virtual Office Hours

Get work done & ask for help

Each session is followed by a “Virtual Office Hours” workshop where you will have the opportunity to get to work and ask any questions you may have.

Program Schedule (Virtual)

All sessions run from 9AM-11AM ET

May 3rd
Understanding the Product Development Cycle
May 10th
Virtual Office Hours
May 17th
Defining your MVP Product Features and Functions
May 24th
Virtual Office Hours
May 31st
Developing Your MVP with Low Code / No Code Applications (Part 1)
June 7th
Virtual Office Hours
June 14th
Developing Your MVP with Low Code / No Code Applications (Part 2)
June 21st
Virtual Office Hours
June 28th
Developing Your MVP With External Help
July 5th
Virtual Office Hours

What People Are Saying

I thought it was excellent - content, pacing, time for questions, demonstrations, and real-life example. Thank you so much! I love that Reema is such a capable auditory learner that she can discern someone's issue and suggest potential solutions on the very first hearing!

Program Participant

I sincerely thought it was a VERY informative session. I was grateful that Reema took considerable care in making sure to answer any and all questions. I felt like I could keep up with the content, and everything wasn't ‘over my head’... not always easy when discussing technology-related content.

Program Participant

I found Reema's testing and release plan presentation extremely valuable. This was all new information for me and provided a great overview of the requirements I need to be prepared for when developing my MVP and full product(s).

Program Participant

Applications have now closed. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Women and woman-identifying founders
  • Best suited for entrepreneurs in idea, discovery and early validation stages
  • Should be willing to invest in a technology solution

Do I need to be a Haltech client to apply?

No – you do not need to be a Haltech client to apply for Roadmap to MVP.

Will the program take place physically or virtually?

Since this program is offered in collaboration with WEtech Alliance, we will be holding this program virtually via Zoom.

How much does the program cost?

Roadmap to MVP is an initiative under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Roadmap to MVP is 100% free.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications for Roadmap to MVP will close on April 26th at 8AM ET.

Is Roadmap to MVP a 1-on-1 program?

No. The Roadmap to MVP webinar series consists of 5 group education sessions, each of which are followed by a group “Virtual Office Hours” session where participants can get work done and ask any questions they may have. Participants can however request 1:1 time with the program facilitator, Reema Duggal.

Do I have to be located in Halton Region?

No. Since we are offering Roadmap to MVP virtually, you don’t have to be located in Halton region in order to be eligible.

Still have a question? Reach out

Roadmap to MVP is brought to you by:

The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. Doubling the number of women owned businesses requires a strong ecosystem of support, expertise and connections.

Le gouvernement du Canada tente de promouvoir l’autonomisation économique des femmes en lançant la stratégie d’entreprenariat au féminin (Women Entrepreneurship Strategy ou WES). Cette initiative unique en son genre met à disposition deux milliards de dollars d’investissement et a pour but de doubler le nombre d’entreprises à propriété féminine d’ici 2025. Un tel objectif nécessite un solide réseau de soutien, des compétences  et l’accès à un réseau de contacts.