In the past year, we’ve learned a lot about the interests of our members. Most of you have a desire to learn or improve the practical skills required to create or grow a business. We believe that there is no better way to learn than by “Doing”.
Starting today, our group will become “Project 19”. Through an open-application competition, we will select a startup to become our project - Project 19 - for 1 year. We will follow and assist the early-stage startup during the crucial first 12-months of their development. Our meetings will be based on the experiences of the startup and you can hear from the CEO about the challenges, learning, and success they are experiencing. There will be opportunities throughout the year to pitch in and help Project 19 grow.
Our 2019 schedule:
February 27th: P19 Kick off (Crowd Support Startup Accelerator)
Finding and Refining Your Product or Service
Our speaker is: Daragh O’Shea. Daragh is a software and business consultant that is passing on the knowledge and lessons he has gained as a software developer, startup founder, and entrepreneur. He is passionate about lean startup methodology, product development, product commercialisation, and team collaboration and communication. He previously co-founded Dynamic Res, a startup that built a SaaS product for the travel sector, that raised money through Enterprise Ireland HPSU fund but unfortunately had to close in early 2018. He is however, permanently optimistic and always looking at ways to improve, grow, and share what he's learned. Most of it the hard way.
March 27th: Business Planning - First, recognize your bias
April 24th: Customer Validation - Listen, Evaluate, Pivot, Repeat
May 29th: Funding Sources - Think like a VC, Bank, or Angel
June 26th: Market Strategy - The 30 Minute MBA
July 31st: The Sales Cycle - Pitch and Small-Business CRM
August 28th: Financial Intelligence - Not an accountant? How to get help.
September 25th: Board of Advisors - Introducing the “Brain Trust” concept
October 30th: Factors of Production - Optimizing your product/service
November 27th: Scaling up - Start with the end in mind. Project 19 wrap up
January 29th 2020: P19 CEO Reflections and future plans/ P20 Kick off