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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!

Join the group to be invited to our next event!

Upcoming events (4)

Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online

Online event

Finding great co-founders and early team members can make or break your startup. However, the pandemic is making it harder to connect and find people that share your same passion, and that have the specific skillsets you are looking for.

On this fun and interactive event you will learn the best practices for finding and formalizing co-founder relationships, and have the opportunity to network with others looking to connect on startup projects across many different regions.

Join us for what promises to be an engaging online event!

>>> This is a live, interactive online event. To join you must RSVP for the event at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/8690

It is not required, but to get the most out of this co-founder networking event:
- Come ready for live video networking and prepare the materials listed on this Co-Founder Networking Worksheet (https://fi.co/system/upload/Co-Founder-Networking-Worksheet_v1.pdf)
- Be sure to join the event using a laptop/ desktop and the Chrome or Firefox browser. The networking features will not work on mobile devices.

>>> This is a live, interactive online event. To join you must RSVP for the event at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/8690

Startup Funding: How to Raise Money for Your Business

Please register here as well since we have limited capacity - https://tinyurl.com/4bb4rw4f

Do you have a business idea or product that needs funding? Do you want to learn how startup funding works, what you need to do before trying to raise funding, and where you can go to get it?

Then join us for this fundraising panel, which will provide practical, step by step advice, and feature talks from entrepreneurs who have successfully raised money for their businesses, and investors actively funding businesses. Learn expert tips, big pitfalls to avoid, what investors are looking for, how equity works, and more. Join us for a great event!

The event is organized by Insperity, IncBuilders, Propellant Ventures, and Founder Institute Chicago.

Food and drinks will be provided. We will also live stream the event for those who are unable to join us in person. The link will be provided later. Space is limited for in person.

Important: Our venue host mHUB currently requires all guests attending events to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test result taken 48 hours in advance. Additionally, mHUB requires all guests to wear a mask when not actively eating or drinking.

Please register here as well since we have limited capacity - https://tinyurl.com/4bb4rw4f

The State of the Venture Industry: Interactive Q&A with Jason Calacanis

Over the last two years the venture capital industry has seen unprecedented growth. In fact, the record for global venture capital funding was shattered in both the second half of 2020, and then again in the first half of 2021. On this interactive Q&A event, we will discuss the present and future of the venture capital industry legendary angel investor and VC Jason Calacanis. Named “arguably the world’s greatest angel investor” by The Twenty Minute VC, Jason was one of the first investors in companies like Uber, Robinhood, Wealthfront, Thumbtack, and Trello.

>>> This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/e/267578

>> About the Speaker: Jason Calacanis
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Jason Calacanis is an entrepreneur, author, and angel investor in 250+ startups (including 7 "unicorns"). He is also is the host of the popular podcasts 'This Week in Startups' and 'All-In'. Named “arguably the world’s greatest angel investor” by The Twenty Minute VC, Jason was one of the first investors in companies like Uber, Robinhood, Wealthfront, Thumbtack, and Trello.

Jason is also the author of Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups (Harper Collins, 2017), Founder & CEO of LAUNCH (including the LAUNCH Festival and the LAUNCH Incubator), Founder & CEO of Inside.com, and more - you can learn more about Jason at https://linktr.ee/calacanis.

>>About VC Lab
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VC Lab (http://govclab.com) is a virtual program that helps new managers to launch accelerators, pre-seed, seed or Series A venture capital firms globally. The goal of the program is to help you complete your first closing in one year or less by providing a supportive community, tactical advice and resources through approximately 25 hours per week of structured work.

Participants work closely with the Silicon Valley team of the Founder Institute and leading experts in launching VC funds, including experienced general partners, limited partners, fund of funds and back office experts. Through the program, you will join private webinars, attend office hours and you will engage with your peers via our dedicated Slack channel. The program also provides managers with the opportunity to participate in Demo Day style events to help accelerate their fundraising efforts.

Learn more and apply to the program at FI.co/vc.

>>> This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/e/267578

Hiring & Team Building 101 with Adam Spector, 3x founder, 40x Angel Investor

Hiring and building the right team is essential for any startup’s growth and success in raising venture capital, yet so many early stage startups fail to get off the ground due to their lack of knowledge on how to build and grow a quality team. On this fourth installment of "Mastering Startup Operations" series we will discuss how to optimize best practices for building and hiring a team for early stage startups, including the pitfalls to avoid and more. There will also be a long Q&A portion where we will answer audience questions, so join us for this exciting event and come ready with your questions.

>>> This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/9419

>> About the Speaker: Adam Spector
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Adam Spector is a 3x founder, COO, and 40x Seed Angel Investor, having invested in exited companies that include Datalogue, August Smart Lock and more. As the Chief Operations Officer at AbstractOps, Adam and his team “abstracts away” business operations through their operations platform so that Founders and Executives can focus on what matters to them most: product and sales. Join us as Adam shares his expertise to help you with your startup logistics and answers your questions.

>>> This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/9419

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