• How Entrepreneurs Can Build the Future, with Peter Diamandis (Live Online Event)

    The speed at which technology advances is exponential, and as a result it can be challenging for us to grasp how quickly our society can change. This exponential rate of change creates amazing opportunities for entrepreneurs to build businesses that can not only positively impact society, but also shape the future. Nobody understands this better than Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, who has devoted his life to using exponential technologies to transform and build the future of a number of industries. Named one of "The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine, Diamandis is the Founder/ Co-Founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, which solves the world’s grand challenges through incentive competitions; Human Longevity Inc., which is transforming the healthcare industry and solving aging-related diseases; Planetary Resources, which is making once-scarce resources abundant; and Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies. Join this interactive online discussion as Diamandis and Adeo Ressi (CEO of the Founder Institute) discuss how entrepreneurs can leverage exponentially growing technologies to better the lives of billions. ** This is a live online event. Be sure to join at https://events.genndi.com/live/169105139238452470/43c84a8220/-1/ ** About the Guest Speaker --- Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune Magazine. In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. Today the X PRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions to solve market failures. Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges. In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and mining of asteroid for precious materials. Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think. Abundance was #1 on Amazon and #2 on New York Times. He earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” ** NOTE: Even if you can't make the webinar, everyone who registers for the event will receive an audio & video recording a few hours after the event ends. Hope to see you there!

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  • Pitch for Purpose Online Demo Day: Watch Live Global Startup Pitch Competition

    There is no shortage of problems facing humanity, but there is a shortage of ambitious entrepreneurs trying to solve them. On the "Pitch for Purpose Online Demo Day" event, you can watch three startups building impactful companies pitch to a panel of top investors and take questions from thousands of investors and entrepreneurs watching live. The three presenting companies were selected from nearly 200 applications from 30+ countries, and they are building products that can have a positive impact on humanity. The top ranked pitch from this event will also be crowned the "Pitch for Purpose Champion", receiving the opportunity to pitch onstage at the world’s top conference for future technologies, 4YFN (http://4yfn.com), and more. ** This is a live online event. Be sure to RSVP and join at https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238452470/d1b47c1c73 ** This event will be hosted by Adeo Ressi (CEO of Founder Institute, 9X entrepreneur/ investor), and feature two leading Silicon Valley investors: - Noah Doyle: Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners - Christine Herron: Advisor at Bullpen Capital & 500 Startups Be sure to join us live to ask questions of the presenting startups, and see how top investors evaluate businesses. Hope to see you there! ** NOTE: Even if you can't make the webinar, everyone who registers for the event will receive an audio & video recording a few hours after the event ends.

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  • Inside the Mind of a Silicon Valley Investor (Live Online Event)

    If you are looking to raise funding or build a startup that positively impacts society, then join this live Q&A webinar to learn: - How a successful Silicon Valley investor evaluates deals - What types of founders and businesses excite investors - Strategies for building an impactful technology company - The different stages of startups and investment - Strategies to mitigate the risk of your business in the eyes of an investor - And much more! --- THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT. REGISTER TODAY AT https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238452470/55e6cb5615 --- Our featured speaker for this event is Pavel Cherkashin, an entrepreneur-turned-investor looking to fund impactful technologies, such as AI, self-driving tech, blockchain, and more. Currently Pavel is the Managing Partner at both Mindrock Capital and GVA Capital, overseeing over $200M in assets. Before he got into investing, Pavel founded several IT companies, including Actis (sold to Wunderman), AdWatch (sold to AEGIS/Isobar), and Sputnik Labs (sold to Technoserv). This webinar will be hosted by Mike Suprovici, EIR at the Founder Institute and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. Audience members will be allowed to ask questions during the live event, but if you can't make it you can still RSVP to receive the webinar video recording. --- REGISTER TODAY AT https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238452470/55e6cb5615

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  • Startup Office Hours: Get Business Advice from Experts

    If you have a startup or startup idea and would like to get feedback and guidance from top local entrepreneurs, then join this exclusive and public "Startup Office Hours" event. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch expert CEO mentors and ask them questions about their business strategy, key decisions, next steps, and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how experienced entrepreneurs would tackle the problems you or others are facing. It is not required, but if you would like to pitch and get feedback please prepare some materials by completing this Office Hours Worksheet and bringing it to the event. Those who don't participate can still watch and learn from the public feedback, and there will also be an open Q&A session with the Mentors. ::: Our guest speakers for this event include: - Magriet Leaper (Managing Director, LiGE (Pty) Limited) - Al Karaki (Co-founder & Chief Executive, The FAN World Cup) - Stuart Allen (Founder, Allen Ventures, SIAR) - Ledimo Ndabezitha (Mr, SME-coaching & consulting) ::: Who should Attend? - Anyone who wants feedback from leading local CEOs - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company - Anyone who wants to learn about entrepreneurship This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit https://fi.co/e/startup-office-hours-get-business-advice-from-experts-8564d071-6d09-4df2-9acf-a7eda0ff9a10/meetup This event is sponsored by the Founder Institute startup accelerator. Founder Institute provides a step-by-step program that gives startup founders the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs they need to start an enduring company. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide. If you have any feedback on this event, please let us know at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fi-events Also, remember to sign up for our Founder Insight mailing list to receive exclusive startup training videos and articles every Monday and Thursday: http://fi.co/subscribe

  • Future of Blockchain: Interactive Chat w/ the Co-Founder of Ethereum & Decentral

    -- This is a live and interactive online event. To get access and RSVP, visit https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238452470/a38dd0642f -- Blockchain technology, and the larger "decentralization" movement, has the potential to change the world in ways we haven't seen since the beginning of the internet. We are only in the first wave of blockchain-powered technologies and financing models, and already many sectors are being disrupted —from marketing to manufacturing, from healthcare to energy, from law to accounting, and from venture capital to even music. Savvy entrepreneurs are leveraging the blockchain in preparation for a decentralized world, and on this special, interactive online event, you can hear from one of the world's foremost experts in the space (and ask questions). This live event will be hosted by Adeo Ressi (Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute), and feature special guest Anthony Di Iorio. Anthony Di Iorio is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, community organizer, and thought leader in the field of digital currencies, blockchain and decentralized technologies. In 2014, he co-founded the smart contract project Ethereum, which is now the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency valued at $30 billion. Anthony’s entire blockchain and cryptocurrencies investments have earned him a place on the Forbes list of the Richest In Cryptocurrency. Anthony is also the founder and CEO of Decentral (http://decentral.ca), a Toronto-based innovation hub and software development company focused on decentralized technologies, and Jaxx (https://jaxx.io), a digital asset wallet that empowers millions of people to control their digital lives. These two organizations recently partnered with the Founder Institute to launch the "Blockchain Founder Syndicate" (https://fi.co/join/blockchain), an initiative to help budding entrepreneurs launch 20 promising companies that leverage blockchain by 2019. On this webinar we will discuss: - What's true about blockchain, and what is hype - The different types of businesses and societal problems blockchain can help address - How entrepreneurs can leverage blockchain in all types of businesses, and how to get started - The future of blockchain, and where the evolution of the technology is headed We hope you will join us! -- RESERVE A SPOT [limited space]: https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238452470/a38dd0642f -- ** Even if you can't make the live webinar, everyone who registers for the event will receive an audio & video recording approximately 72 hours after the event

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  • Johannesburg Founder Night Out - Entrepreneur Networking, Drinks, & Fun!

    Eagle's Nest Lodge and Conference Centre

    The Founder Night Out is a fun, social event where you can meet local entrepreneurs and technology CEOs, and share your business ideas and aspirations with like-minded peers. There will also be several Founder Institute Directors, Mentors, and Graduates in attendance. Join us for drinks and some startup networking! :::: Who Should Attend the Founder Night Out? - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company. - Anyone interested in meeting local Founders & CEOs :::: Our guest speakers for this event include: - Al Karaki (Co-founder & Chief Executive, The FAN World Cup) - Raj Wanniappa (Managing Director, Agile Ventures Holdings) - Trevor Nel (CEO, FOURWAYS Community Chamber of Commerce) This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit https://fi.co/e/151581-founder-night-out-network-with-local-entrepreneurs/meetup This event is sponsored by the Founder Institute startup accelerator. Founder Institute provides a step-by-step program that gives startup founders the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs they need to start an enduring company. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide. If you have any feedback on this event, please let us know at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fi-events Also, remember to sign up for our Founder Insight mailing list to receive exclusive startup training videos and articles every Monday and Thursday: http://fi.co/subscribe

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  • Johannesburg Startup Ideas Bootcamp - Get Feedback on Your Ideas (NEW DATE)

    You have an idea for a startup, but don't know what to do next? In just three hours, the Startup Ideation Bootcamp will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas, determine the next steps, and even recruit potential co-founders. This intensive, collaborative workshop begins with talks by leading startup Founders designed to teach you the components of good and bad startup ideas. For example, is your market big enough, is there organic growth potential, and a clear path to profitability? Then, attendees can share their ideas with both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback. Join us for a fun evening! :::: Who Should Attend the Ideation Bootcamp? - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company. - Anyone who would like feedback on their ideas or pitch. - Anyone that is interested in joining a new startup or looking for a co-founder. :::: This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit http://fi.co/e/151451/meetup This event is sponsored by the Founder Institute startup accelerator. Founder Institute provides a step-by-step program that gives startup founders the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs they need to start an enduring company. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide. If you have any feedback on this event, please let us know at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fi-events Also, remember to sign up for our Founder Insight mailing list to receive exclusive startup training videos and articles every Monday and Thursday: http://fi.co/subscribe

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  • Startup Office Hours: Get Business Advice from Experts

    If you have a startup or startup idea and would like to get feedback and guidance from top local entrepreneurs, then join this exclusive and public "Startup Office Hours" event. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch expert CEO mentors and ask them questions about their business strategy, key decisions, next steps, and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how experienced entrepreneurs would tackle the problems you or others are facing. It is not required, but if you would like to pitch and get feedback please prepare some materials by completing this Office Hours Worksheet (https://fi.co/system/upload/FI_StartupOfficeHoursHandout.pdf) and bringing it to the event. Those who don't participate can still watch and learn from the public feedback, and there will also be an open Q&A session with the Mentors. :::: Our guest speakers for this event include: - Stuart Allen (Founder, Allen Ventures, SIAR) - Al Karaki (Co-founder & Chief Executive, The FAN World Cup) :::: Who should Attend? - Anyone who wants feedback from leading local CEOs - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company - Anyone who wants to learn about entrepreneurship This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit http://fi.co/e/151461/meetup This event is sponsored by the Founder Institute startup accelerator. Founder Institute provides a step-by-step program that gives startup founders the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs they need to start an enduring company. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide. If you have any feedback on this event, please let us know at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fi-events Also, remember to sign up for our Founder Insight mailing list to receive exclusive startup training videos and articles every Monday and Thursday: http://fi.co/subscribe

  • Startup Pitch Bootcamp: Learn How to Pitch from Top Entrepreneurs

    Eagle's Nest Lodge and Conference Centre

    Pitching your startup ideas effectively is a crucial skill that will help you acquire financing, customers, partners, and top talent. In just three hours, the Startup Pitch Bootcamp will help you improve your pitching skills and recruit potential co-founders. This intensive, collaborative workshop features talks by leading startup Founders designed to help you understand the key ingredients of a successful pitch. Then, you can apply that learning and pitch to both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback in a relaxed setting. Join us for a fun evening! :::: Speakers: - Trevor Nel (CEO, FOURWAYS Community Chamber of Commerce) - Al Karaki (Co-founder & Chief Executive, The FAN World Cup) :::: Who Should Attend the Pitch Bootcamp? - Anyone who needs practice and expert advice on pitching. - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company. - Anyone that is interested in joining a new startup or looking for a co-founder. This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit https://fi.co/e/startup-pitch-bootcamp-learn-how-to-pitch-from-top-entrepreneurs-36f5a63a-3fd6-4326-a807-0ff786202392/meetup This event is sponsored by the Founder Institute startup accelerator. Founder Institute provides a step-by-step program that gives startup founders the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs they need to start an enduring company. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide. If you have any feedback on this event, please let us know at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fi-events Also, remember to sign up for our Founder Insight mailing list to receive exclusive startup training videos and articles every Monday and Thursday: http://fi.co/subscribe

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  • Johannesburg Fishackathon [Partner Event]

    • What we'll do Disclaimer - This event will be hosted by our partner: HackerNest. RSVPing on this Meetup will not guarantee you entrance to this event, please RSVP here: https://hackernest.com/events/johannesburg-south-africa-fishackathon-2018 Challenge Sets: Our work-in-progress challenges are real-world problems sourced from industry and government: solve them and you'll help millions. They are guidelines; participants may work on any project that fits one of our 3 themes: Sustainability Overfishing, pollution, and other hazards threaten the extinction of marine species and throw off our ecological balance. Enforcement Agencies often lack resources to effectively enforce regulations. This results in environmental damage and significant inequity. Marketplace Poor data access puts small players at a disadvantage and hinders firms from making smart, socially responsible decisions. Fishackathon is an epic partnership between the U.S. Department of State and HackerNest in dozens of cities around the world that seeks to make Earth's waters, aquaculture, and fisheries more sustainable and equitable. Demos and Judging Teams have 3 minutes to demo. Cities may have multiple local prizes available, but only 1 "city winner" team moves forward to the global finals from each city. These teams have 7 days to submit a 3-minute demo video (in English OR with English subtitles) for global judging. [#PROTIP] Strong demos usually answer at least these first 4 questions: 1. Who does your project benefit; who are the main users? 2. What problem are you solving? 3. What is your solution? 4. What does a successful outcome look like; what impact will it have? Judging criteria: - impact (how will this improve things?) - practicality (can it be implemented, is it adoptable?) - creativity and technical innovation (how cool is this?) - polish (how well-put-together is the team/demo?) Global Prizing Our prizing is geared towards helping teams succeed by getting their product to market. We are finalizing partnerships for the following: - acceptance into a prestigious incubator/accelerator - mentorship from/intros to potential investors - demo spot at a major conference - useful prizes from AWS Rules 1. We're all in this together; treat each other as such. 2. Teams may have up to 5 people. 3. You must participate in the event in person. 4. Fresh code only, but hardware may be pre-built (i.e. phones = hardware). 5. Follow the HackerNest Code of Conduct. • What to bring • Important to know