What we're about

The Startup Funding & Traction Network 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)

2023 Startup Trends: A Roundtable Discussion with Founders & Investors

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Successful entrepreneurs are flexible and adapt quickly. To stay ahead of trends, tune in to this interactive webinar that offers three unique points of view on the business climate and growth opportunities in 2023. This March, the floor belongs to dynamic and prominent women from our global startup community. Join us to learn how to leverage the current startup trends and ensure your strategy is progressive and up-to-date.

❯ What You'll Learn:

  • What are the startup trends and forecasts for 2023
  • How to stay on top of the current situation and use it to your advantage
  • What are the factors you need to consider before raising funds

❯ Featured Speakers:

  • Ajuma Ataguba - Venture Partner at White Hibiscus Capital: Ajuma is an experienced business development consultant with a background in agriculture, education, technology, and international trade. She has consulted multiple companies on project management, turnkey projects, business planning, coaching, and entrepreneurship. Ajuma also possesses Social Entrepreneurship certifications from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, and Copenhagen Business School. Since 2021, she has been managing the FI's Abuja cohorts.
  • Lavina Ramkissoon - AI Ethics + Technology Policy at African Union: With over 20 years in technology, Lavina is a notable thought leader in Africa's AI potential. Her mission is dedicated to the creation of meaningful and innovative solutions that shape the African continent. Besides her passion for technology, Lavina has a vast experience with entrepreneurship and mentorship. She contributes to building the African startup ecosystem as a local leader with FI.
  • Keshni Morar - Founder at Investable: Keshni is a seasoned executive of multinational growth companies and technology startups. Her professional superpowers are business development, mergers and acquisitions, and transformation. With cross-functional teams of up to 50, she has implemented over 200 integration projects with budgets ranging from US$5k to US$6 million. Keshni is also an experienced business mentor and is currently working with FI cohorts in South Africa.

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16228

Ask an Investor | Open Q&A with Investors that Write 'First Checks' for Startups

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Join us for a unique opportunity to connect with early-stage startup investors and ask the questions that matter to you. In this Q&A session, you will have the chance to engage in an open discussion with a panel of investors who have a wealth of experience in working with early-stage startups. Find out how you can maximize your chances of raising funding and get hands-on tips for presenting your business to investors in the most favorable way.

❯ What You'll Learn:

  • What are the current early-stage investment trends
  • What investors look for and how to prepare your startup for fundraising
  • How to communicate with investors efficiently and what type of information to provide them with

❯ Featured Speakers:

  • Biola Alabi - Partner at Acasia Ventures: Biola Alabi is a global leader, an experienced founder, and an angel investor. She is passionate about Media and Technology and has worked extensively networking with partners and associations to continuously develop the African technology and television industry. Biola focuses on early-stage investments and matches VC funds with the best startups.
  • Dr. Hanan El Basha - Co-Founder and CEO at The Global Businesswomen: Hanan is an Empowering Business Strategist supporting aspiring entrepreneurs and SME business owners to build and grow sustainable and profitable ventures through practical actions and strategies. She is the Co-Director of the Qatar chapter of FI.
  • Mercedes Bankston - Founder at Funderstar LTD: Mecedes's specialty is in jump-starting new businesses, re-launching failed units, and leading new product rollouts, primarily in innovative technology companies. She is also an expert in global investments in high-potential tech startups and has partnered with FI London for over four years.

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16229

The Startup Founder's Guide to Building an Effective Go-To-Market Strategy

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Build a strong foundation for your startup by creating a well-planned go-to-market strategy. This interactive session will provide you with practical insights and actionable tips for launching and scaling your business. Our guest speaker Daniel Francavilla, who is an expert in advising early-stage startups, will be happy to share his knowledge on key topics like market research, product positioning, pricing strategy, and sales tactics.

❯ What You'll Learn:

  • Why do you need a clear go-to-market strategy
  • A step-by-step approach to defining your product-market fit, target audience, competition, and distribution
  • How to differentiate your product from the competition

❯ Featured Speakers:

  • Daniel Francavilla - Partner & Director of Strategy at King Street Media: Daniel is a creative marketing advisor and brand strategist supporting innovative projects that have a positive impact, helping to make things happen for entrepreneurs and changemakers. Daniel is a Certified Brand Strategist, a member of the Canadian Marketing Association’s Non-Profit Council, and a recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award.

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16216

Getting Your First 10 Customers as an Entrepreneur (Online Event)

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Are you a budding entrepreneur who wants to make a mark in the business world? The key to success for any startup is securing a strong client base, which might be challenging. But with the right approach, it can also be incredibly rewarding. Our expert speaker will take you through the process of identifying and reaching out to potential clients. Join us at this interactive webinar and find out how to craft stellar outreach campaigns, as well as avoid well-known pitfalls.

❯ What You'll Learn:

  • How to conduct an effective market research
  • Strategies to identify potential clients and how to reach out to them
  • Techniques for creating compelling outreach campaigns that stand out
  • Tips for overcoming common challenges and obstacles in securing clients

❯ Featured Speakers:

  • Vaibhav Namburi - Founder at SmartWriter: Vaibhav's cold outreach and personalization platforms are used by Stripe, GaryVee, Meta, and 16000 other businesses. Before founding these solutions, he exited an AI analytics business and bootstrapped his software consultancy. He has advised 55 funded startups that, in total, have raised $200M & generate over $14M in monthly revenue. He speaks actively about sales, growth, and product marketing.

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16230

Past events (211)

Startup Legal & IP AMA: Get Feedback from Top Nordic Experts

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