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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!

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Upcoming events (2)

How to Raise Startup Funding from Colorado Investors (Online Event)

Raising capital in Colorado has unique challenges. While local investment dollars are increasing, it is still difficult to fund larger rounds with mostly Colorado investors. However, focusing your raise in Colorado keeps the startup ecosystem thriving and provides opportunities to pay it forward to future founders. Join us for this elevated take on venture capital and closing your round, featuring representatives from Colorado's top venture organizations and law firms. We’ll address Colorado’s unique venture landscape, how to know when a VC is actually interested to avoid soft-offer guessing games, securing your lead investor, which companies are best suited to raise capital in Colorado, as well as how the current climate is affecting valuations, VC portfolios and company exits. >>> This is an online event, please RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/971 Guest Moderator: --- >>> Jim Dunn, Partner at D Partners (https://www.dp-llc.com) Jim has thirty years of progressive leadership experience with emerging growth companies in business and tech enabled services, information and telecommunications industries. D Partners is a team of proven CxO-level business builders and change agents who find and build value for lower to mid-market investment thesis. We partner with private equity to find and build growth companies by applying our intellectual capital and transformative technology. Guest Panelists: --- >>> Zach Nies, SVP at Techstars and Managing Director at Techstars Sustainability in Partnership with the Nature Conservancy (https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/sustainability) Zach Nies is Managing Director at Techstars Sustainability program and a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His whole career has been dedicated to entrepreneurship at startups and inside large companies. He is using that experience guided by his core value of Learn, Do, Teach, Learn to help companies of all sizes successfully bring new products and services to market. >>> Mark Newhouse, Partner at Innosphere Fund (https://innosphere.fund/) Since coming to Colorado Mark has been investing in and advising a variety of startup companies including: Bioptigen (acquired by Danaher in 2016), Replay Technologies (acquired by Intel in 2016), Insight Photonics, Yonomi, Zoomcar, Arbe Robotics, and the Maniv Mobility Fund. Mark is a General Partner of the Innosphere Fund a seed stage venture fund. Mark currently serves on the Board of the Denver Foundation, Denver Social Venture Partners and Impact Charitable. >>> Paul Smith, Venture Backed CEO and Active Investor Paul is a veteran Silicon Valley investor and CEO. He has turned around and sold companies, raised venture capital, served on public boards, and invested successfully in public and private companies. He is especially interested in products and technology, market strategy and segmentation, and developing strong exits for his companies. >>> Chris Hagan, Partner at Perkins Coie, (https://www.perkinscoie.com) Corporate lawyer Christopher Hagan has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and mergers and acquisitions, where he leads and advises on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, growth equity financings and management incentive structuring, as well as general corporate law. >> Betty Arkell, Equity Shareholder at Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C (https://rwolaw.com/) Betty leverages extensive corporate finance and M&A transactional experience to guide companies through the entire corporate lifecycle, from formation through growth and planned exit. Her clients include established and emerging growth companies as well as venture capital and other private equity funds. She works with clients in a variety of industries, including software, technology, telecommunications, analytics, medical devices, healthcare, fintech and manufacturing.

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.

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