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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 (3)

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

The Founder Showcase 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 presentations from promising pre-seed startups from across the globe, hear an inspiring talk from a keynote speaker and learn from world-leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. In addition, there are several networking sessions to connect with the hundreds of international founders, investors, advisors, and executives in attendance.

If you want to pitch at this event then submit your pitch here! Deadline to apply to pitch is Sunday January 22nd at Midnight PST.

Previous Founder Showcase companies have raised over $1.75 billion in funding. A short list of companies that did one of their first public pitches on the Founder Showcase stage includes Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Realty Mogul, Kaggle, and many more. Learn more at FounderShowcase.com.

❯❯ The Founder Showcase is pleased to have Adrian Mendoza, General Partner at Mendoza Ventures, as our featured Keynote Speaker. Learn moreabout Adrian here.

❯ 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

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/15749
! Important: If you want to pitch at this event then submit your pitch here! Deadline to apply to pitch is Sunday January 22nd at Midnight PST.

AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan

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If you are interested in learning about the Founder Institute methodology and asking the CEO questions, then join this live and interactive online event. This webinar will include a short presentation on the Founder Institute, followed by 30-45 minutes of "AMA" ("Ask me Anything") on all topics related to FI and entrepreneurship. Join us and come ready with your questions!

  • Jonathan Greechan - Jonathan Greechan is the Co-Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,500 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. In his long career in tech and marketing, Jonathan has advised thousands of startups on marketing, growth, and product strategy, and has spoken at startup conferences on four continents.

  • If you can't make this live event, see other Founder Institute Online Information Sessions (pre-recorded video, but with live chat Q&A), or see all of our upcoming online startup events.

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16134

Startup Open Mic: Pitch A Startup Idea & Get Friendly Feedback (online)

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Do you have a startup or a strong idea for a startup? Join this live and interactive online event to pitch your ideas to a panel of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, mentors, and startup advisors. You will be provided with honest feedback and recommendations on how to improve your presentation. No formal pitch deck is needed. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to hear startup pitches and watch how experts analyze business ideas in a friendly environment.

To participate in all of the networking components of this event, you should join using a Desktop or Laptop with Chrome or Firefox.

❯ Additional Information:
To prepare, start with your one-sentence pitch. See how it's done using our Madlibs format.

Anyone who attends can get feedback, but we plan to feature one or two pitches to the entire audience for feedback at the beginning of the event. If you are interested in being considered, then please complete this form: https://bit.ly/startup-pitch-practice.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to give a concise yet compelling elevator pitch
  • What investors are looking for in a startup pitch
  • How to perfect your pitch

❯❯ This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/16110

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