What we're about

Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward.

This group hosts numerous free events throughout the year where you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. You’ll have the opportunity to meet local founders and investors, exchange ideas with experts, get feedback on your idea, participate in startup workshops, and more.

Typical startup event topics include:
• Coming up with a strong startup idea
• Startup legal basics
• How to pitch your startup
• Starting a company without quitting your day job
• How to raise funding for your startup
• And much more!

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Upcoming events (4)

Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Startup to Chicago Startup Experts (online)

**To get the Zoom dial-in instructions, you must register at https://FI.co/e/229277/meetup Do you have a startup, or a strong idea for a startup? Could you use blunt, honest feedback on your startup ideas? On this live and interactive online event you can pitch your ideas to a panel of Chicago startup investors and experts for ratings and feedback, all from the comfort of your home. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to hear startup ideas and watch how the experts analyze businesses. ❯ Panel Includes: - Derick Jiwan, Senior Postharvest Scientist, Hazel Technologies Inc. (FI Mentor) - Katie Hench, Co-Founder, Infiniteach (FI Mentor) - Jason Jacobsohn, Managing Director, Founder Institute Chicago Sponsored by Founder Institute Chicago ❯❯ To get the Zoom dial-in instructions, you must register at https://FI.co/e/229277/meetup

Investors & Entrepreneurs - Top Challenges & Profitable Opportunities

To get Zoom dial-in instructions, please register at https://tinyurl.com/y3crz9qh This special series of collaboration sessions is for Investors & Entrepreneurs, Primarily in Fast Growth Companies, and Business Owners from between Startup stage...up to companies with $50 Million in Revenue. Primarily for entrepreneurs and investors who are building their fast growth business and their Early Stage Investment Portfolios, want to grow their revenues and connect with other investors, strategic partners, potential customers and future team members. Angel Investors, Venture Capital, Family Offices and Alternative Funding Sources can share Top Challenges and Opportunties...either with their current Portfolio Companies and / or new Opportunites they are considering funding. Entrepreneurs and Fast Growth Companies will be able to share their Top Challenges and Profitable Opportunites with Investors, potential strategic partneres and other Experienced Serial Entrepreneurs. Revenue Growth, Funding, Scaling and Profitable Exits are the core focus. (although other specific topics can be shared, time permitting). The VentureSHOT Collaboration Team will guide the discussion and help attendees overcome some of the top challenges or make introductions to people, companies, investors and strategic partners that can help Investors and Entreprenuers be more successful and profitable. The majority of attendees are seasoned investors with numerous investments and serial entrepreneurs, who have launched more than one company. (If you are newer to investing or entrepreneurship, that is fine, we'll see what the VentureSHOT Collaboration Community of investors and entrepreneurs can do to help you become more successful.) Please come prepared with at least one (or two) Top Challenges and / or Profitable Opportunities to share with the group. We will often start with the most experienced investors and entrepreneurs and their Challenges / Opportunities, so that newer attendees can see who the event process works. To get Zoom dial-in instructions, please register at https://tinyurl.com/y3crz9qh

Growth Strategy for Product Development in the Time of COVID19 (Online Event)

Learn the do’s and don’ts of product development in “Growth Strategy for Product Development in Time of COVID19.” In this webinar, Gayatri Sarkar, a Partner at HYPE Capital and sports enthusiast, will discuss in detail how the world’s largest toy company went from nearly facing bankruptcy to becoming profitable again through changing its growth strategy. She will cover topics that are essential to startup success: consumer feedback loops, pricing strategy agility, and product-market fit. Join us to learn how to create a successful product with high leverage, even during challenging times! >>> THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT. TO RSVP, VISIT https://fi.co/startupwebinar/1628 To join after the event begins, go to http://onlinestartupevents.com. Who Should Attend? Anyone with a tech product or prototype Anyone interested in developing a product Anyone who wants to learn about startup growth strategies What is the Agenda? Welcome and Introductions Presentation on Growth Strategies for Product Development Questions and Answers Learn more about the Founder Institute pre-seed startup accelerator at http://fi.co/ and see other online startup events at http://onlinestartupevents.com.

Chicago Founder Night Out (3D Virtual)

Online event

Founder Night Out is a fun, social event where you can meet entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and other members of the startup community. You can also share your business ideas and aspirations with like-minded peers. All you need is a web browser to attend. The online event will feature an interactive 3D environment where you can control your avatar to explore the venue, network with participants, and exchange contact info from the comfort of your home. Also, we will have a Startup Showcase in which pre-selected startups will pitch their companies and engage in Q&A. Founder Night Out is sponsored by Founder Institute Chicago and is powered by Gamerjibe. ❯ SCHEDULE 6:00pm CT - Doors Open 6:30pm CT - Opening Remarks 7:00pm CT - Startup Pitches 9:00pm CT - Doors Close ❯ REQUIREMENTS For the best experience, please use Chrome or Firefox and have a webcam and mic prepared for the event. We also recommend a desktop or laptop computer with at least 8GB of RAM and a recent CPU and Video card with updated drivers. ❯❯ You must also register with Gamerjibe at https://gamerjibe.com/events/5ef0fe5cf731a6d3203d37ed in order to join the event.

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