March 17-21, 2019

Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Participants Ages 16-19


Startup With Purpose is excited to announce the potential launch of an inaugural program in Kuwait. The program will officially begin on Sunday March 17th, and end on Thursday March 21st.  Al-Bayan Bilingual School would host the program in the heart of Kuwait City, with lunch and refreshments provided throughout the duration of the program. The major themes of the program will include transitioning to a renewable energy economy and harnessing human capital.

The program instructors are seasoned entrepreneurs, with lecturing experience at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the Wharton School of Business. Assisting the instructors will be industrial experts from Kuwait, Oracle, Google, and other successful entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.  As space is limited, only the most qualified applicants will be accepted into the program.

Applications will open on January 15th and close on March 1st.  For more information, please refer to the program guide PDF listed below, or feel free to contact us directly at any time.


Steve Adelman


Steve Adelman is the founder and Managing Director of Nexus Partners, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy that works with clients on innovation, customer discovery, market entry, strategic partnerships, and revenue growth. He is an expert on Lean Startup and has been a mentor for Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad course at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and has led Lean Startup sessions for Citrix’s Corporate Accelerator and the Wharton School of Business. Steve has worked with high technology and financial services companies and entrepreneurs for over twenty years.  Steve holds a BS in computer science from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Chris Burry


Chris Burry serves as a Senior Vice President of US Market Access Center. Previously, Mr. Burry served as a Founding Member of Avanade. Prior to Avanade, he served as a Senior Executive of Andersen Consulting and a Senior Technology Consultant of EDS. He served as a Columnist of Operating Systems and Infrastructure at ComputerWorld Magazine and an Adviser of Research Division at IDC (publisher of a number of technology magazines) on cloud computing and the future of technology. He served as a Regular Speaker of Industry Conferences at Microsoft and IDC. He serves as a Director of US Market Access Center. Mr. Burry holds a Degree in Political Science (with honors) from Swarthmore College.


The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) is a holistic teaching and learning approach, primarily developed at the University of California, Berkeley, that enables participants from a variety of backgrounds to be more entrepreneurial. It encompasses three main elements: frameworksmindset, and networks.

In addition to the BMoE curricula, expert guest speakers from Kuwait, Silicon Valley, and around the world will bring their real-world experience to the program.  The program themes have also been tailored to suit the unique opportunities of doing business in the MENA region.

Tailored Themes

  • Transitioning to a Renewable Energy Economy

  • Harnessing Human Capital

Day 1: Introduction

Overview: Introduction, meeting others and focusing on idea generation and team formation.

  • Welcome, Introductions & Bootcamp Overview
  • Opportunity Recognition & Market Validation
  • Cultural Lessons Learned by a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
  • Trust & Taking Risks
  • Getting to Entrepreneurship & Venture Fundamentals
  • Compelling Ideas for Products/Services
  • How To Captivate Any Audience
  • Selection of Project Ideas – students pitch ideas and choose teams to join
  • Team Building Exercise

Day 2: Team Building

Overview: Concepts about team, customer-focused product design, promoting your products/services, and innovation in developing business models. A networking session to mingle, followed by workshop with mentors.

  • Beyond Concepts, How To Execute
  • Building a Winning Team
  • Customer-Focused Product & Services: Giving the Customer What They Want
  • Review Team Exercise
  • Value Proposition: Innovation in Value Extraction
  • Selling Your Product or Service

Day 3: Business Design

Overview: Concepts of business design, getting to market, growing a global company, resources and funding. Practice pitching your venture.

  • Business Design & Models
  • Leadership & Intro to Marketing
  • Overcoming Failures to Success
  • Promoting Your Product
  • Elevator Pitch

Day 4: Presentations

Overview: Overcoming failure, practice presentations & round 1 of final presentations.

  • Getting a Start-up Off the Ground
  • Practice & Final Presentation Logistics
  • From Entrepreneur to Venture Capitalist

Day 5: Pitch Day

Overview: Final presentations, keynote speech, and networking.

  • Program Reflections
  • BMoE Mindset Concepts
  • Venture Presentations


Students will end their journey by being grounded in the rich culture that surrounds them. This is a great opportunity for participants to:

  • Shared Knowledge with their Peers
  • Build Connections
  • Enjoy Time with their Team Mates
  • Enhance their Understanding of the World Around Them

The specifics of the [LOCATION] excursion will be determined closer to the start date of the program.

Kuwait City

Program Location

Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Program Venue

Sheraton Four Points

Evening Mentoring Sessions



Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program and to the evening mentoring sessions on a daily basis.


The fees for the program are USD 800 for current BBS students and USD 1,000 for all other participants. Full and partial scholarships are available for qualified applicants. More information regarding fees and scholarships is available in the application (Opens 15/1/2019).