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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 (4)

How to Build a Community for Your Startup

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Learn the best growth tactics from leading experts

A sustainable community is a valuable asset that will help your startup grow its influence. This inspiring event is designed for entrepreneurs who would like to elevate their marketing efforts and create a sense of belonging around their business idea. Our guest expert, Helen Huang, will share her experience, along with practical tips for building a community that supports and advocates for your startup. Join us to hear her insights and engage in a global networking session afterward!

❯ What You'll Learn:

  • How does a community empower a startup
  • Best practices for building trust and loyalty among your community members
  • How to measure the impact of your community-building efforts and adjust your strategy accordingly

❯ Featured Speakers:

  • Helen Huang - Co-founder of Co.Lab: Helen helps people reach their dream careers in tech, by facilitating project-based collaborative learning. Charged with extensive product experience, she actively speaks about product management, tech, and career shifts.

❯❯ This is a live, interactive online event, so be sure to RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16456 to receive the Zoom URL to join us live!

Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online Conference)

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The Founder Showcase, hosted by HubSpot for Startups, is Silicon Valley's leading international startup pitch event - helping pre-seed startups learn, launch, and connect to investors. At this interactive online event, you can watch the pitches of promising pre-seed startups from across the globe. We'll also feature an inspiring keynote presentation from a top global entrepreneur or investor. Stay after the pitches to network and connect with the hundreds of international founders, investors, advisors, and executives in attendance!

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16423

Who Should Attend?

  • Angel and early-stage investors looking to invest in startups
  • Alumni, mentors, and friends of the Founder Institute
  • Anyone interested in launching a technology company
  • Anyone interested in learning about the innovative companies coming out of Founder Institute and beyond

Founder Showcase is hosted by HubSpot for Startups

HubSpot for Startups empowers startups to achieve unprecedented growth and accelerate scaling with a startup-friendly pricing plan of up to 90% off on essential tools needed to boost lead generation, supercharge sales, and streamline customer service. With the HubSpot Growth Platform, startups can leverage world-class software, cutting-edge educational resources, and powerful integrations to acquire and retain more customers than ever before.

Learn more about HubSpot for Startups here.

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16423

How to Delegate Tasks and Remain Focused as a Startup Founder

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Startup founders wear many hats and juggle multiple tasks simultaneously. However, as your business grows, it becomes necessary to allocate tasks and focus on the big picture. In this webinar, we will discuss the art of delegation with our guest speakers, Isaac Kassab and Monty Ngan, who will share practical strategies they have developed in their work. Join us to explore the benefits of assigning responsibilities for increased efficiency, better decision-making, and improved team morale.

❯ What You'll Learn:

  • How to practice delegating before it gets overwhelming
  • How to identify what can and should be delegated
  • Some easy-to-assign tasks and recommended processes

❯ Featured Speakers:

  • Isaac Kassab - Co-Founder at Catena: Isaac has worked with hundreds of founders to help them get access to top assistants from the Philippines. Catena specializes in finding sharp generalists that wouldn't otherwise be on websites like Upwork—think chemical engineers, product managers, and financial analysts. Isaac focuses on startup conversations and uncovers founders' underlying needs. In addition to his work at Catena, Isaac is involved in real estate and prop-tech investment projects.
  • Monty Ngan - Co-Founder at Catena: Monty is a serial startup founder and investor. His company Catena empowers other startup founders to find the best talent that fits their needs. Previously, he worked at McKinsey and founded and sold a prop-tech startup in Canada. He holds a bachelor's in economics from Wharton.

❯ Additional Resources:
Find more Startup Events, learn about Startup Hiring, or visit our Insights Blog for more startup tips.

❯❯ This is a live, interactive online event, so be sure to RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16525 to receive the Zoom URL to join us live!

How to Get Quality Deal Flow for Your Startup Accelerator

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A startup accelerator is only as strong as the caliber of founders in its programs. But with a vast increase in accelerators from the recent startup boom, it is becoming harder and harder to differentiate and reach potential applicants. At this interactive online event, Founder Institute leaders will share best practices on how to source (and evaluate) quality deal flow based on their experience generating over 100,000 applicants to hundreds of startup accelerators worldwide.

❯ What You'll Learn

  • Startup accelerator and incubator trends in 2023
  • Proven frameworks and strategies to get quality deal flow in a current competitive environment
  • Steps to improve your diligence and startup selection process

Featured Speakers:

  • Jonathan Greechan - CEO & Co-Founder at Founder Institute: Jonathan is the Co-Founder & CEO of The Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Since 2009, he has grown and scaled the organization to chapters in over 200 cities and 95 countries, which have produced over [[total_companies]] portfolio companies with nearly $2 billion in venture funding.
  • Ryan Micheletti- Head of Global Operations at Founder Institute: Ryan led the operations team that launched over 6,500 portfolio companies across 200 cities with a global mentor network of over 35,000 Mentors. His personal portfolio includes 600+ Startups that have raised $200M+ in Funding with an enterprise value of over $2B.
  • Diane Bailey - Head of Accelerator Growth at Founder Institute: Diane has extensive experience getting companies from 0 to 1 in the most cost-efficient and effective way possible. She also leads the FI Colorado Core Program.

Additional Resources:
Find more Startup Events, learn about our Accelerator Lab Bootcamp for accelerator professionals, or visit our Insights Blog for more startup tips.

❯❯ This is a live, interactive online event, so be sure to RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16680 to receive the Zoom URL to join us live!

Past events (209)

Pitch Lounge: Practice Pitching Your Business Idea to Startup Experts

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