This network includes prospective CEOs, problem advocates, validators, ninjas, Sprinters, sponsors, staff and other individuals and organizations connected to work 10.10.10 does as part of its 10.10.10 Cities: Health programs.
We first measure the experience of the participating prospective CEOs and others participating in the programs who have been given the challenge of addressing wicked problems in health. We next assess the number of new ventures created within each cohort that are addressing wicked problems in health. We then determine the extent to which these new ventures achieve both financial success (ROI) and success in tackling the wicked problem that was the inspiration for creating the new venture in the first place. (This last assessment can rarely be made earlier than 7-10 years after the new venture was originally created.)
To date, we have produced 5 programs – 4 of them focused on wicked problems in health. To each of these programs we have invited 10 successful serial entrepreneurs from around the United States, 10 problem advocates, up to 20 validators, 20-40 ninjas and sprinters and hundreds of public participants.
50 prospective CEOs have participated in these programs since the first of them was offered in February of 2015.
Through 10.10.10’s programs to date, at least 5 ventures have been created that have the potential to create substantial impact in human health: BurstIQ, Apostrophe Health, Concert Health, Recalibrate Solutions, and Microlyze Corporation. A number of others are still being formed.
We provide a pre-program course in which all prospective CEOs, Validators, Ninjas & Sprinters may participate. The course provides an introduction to wicked problems, systems thinking, design thinking, our 3 sprint process, our listen & learn, leverage and launch methodology and more. Since inception in 2014, we have used Slack to engage the highly collaborative community that will work on these wicked problems.
We also provide an introduction to lean startup methodolies and core aspects of venture formation from business model generation to validation, product market fit, minimum viable product, customer discovery and development and more.
Our programs run for 10 consecutive days. On the first day we introduce our prospective CEOs and the entire community to the 10 wicked problems in health that have been selected (with advice and counsel from our validators and other subject matter experts). These problems are pitched by 10 problem advocates – people who understand the wicked problems and are passionate about seeing them addressed.
Over the next 10 days each prospective CEO leads a team through a series of exercises and processes that are designed to help them listen and learn in ways that help them begin to understand the wicked problems they have decided to focus on.
On the final day of the program, each prospective CEO shares their respective story with an audience of 300-600 people.