• Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Startup to Investors and Experts

    Santa Monica Public Library

    Practice your pitch - while having fun!! The elevator door opens. And there stands your ideal investor and or customer. It’s the chance of a lifetime. But that chance only lasts as long as the elevator ride – you have no more than 60 seconds to make an impression. Being able to pitch your startup/idea is key in building a team and gaining customers. The importance of communicating about your idea is also important when you attend events where mentors, entrepreneurs and potential partners will surround you. The elevator pitch needs to excite others about your idea and open conversations. Come & pitch your startup to investors & experts, including: - Allison Silvers (Early-Stage Investor; Startup Advisor, Tech Coast Angels) - Dimitri Villard (CEO, Facet Capital Partners, LLC) - Don Di Pietro (Co-Founder/COO, XIRKL Networks) It is not required, but to help you get the most out of this event, we’ve provided this Pitch Worksheet. You can fill out this worksheet: https://fi.co/system/upload/Pitch_Bootcamp_Handout.pdf and bring it to the Bootcamp, which will enable mentors to easily give feedback on your idea. >> Who Should Attend the Pitch Bootcamp? - Anyone who needs practice and expert advice on pitching - Anyone who has 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 http://fi.co/e/205081/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 65 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide. --- For information about the investors, incubators, and tech events available, see our list of Startup Resources (https://fi.co/startup_resources). Interested in perfecting your pitch? Read our Pitch Deck Guide (https://fi.co/pitch_deck) and download templates. --- 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 Office Hours with Adeo Ressi: Hear from a Silicon Valley Investor

    Adeo Ressi (CEO of the Founder Institute, 9X entrepreneur and angel investor) is visiting from Silicon Valley, and he is excited to meet with aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs in Los Angeles for Office Hours. At this special event, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch Adeo and ask him questions about their business strategy, key decisions, next steps, and more. Don't miss this unique opportunity to get one-to-one feedback from one of the leading startup experts worldwide. :::: Who should Attend? - Anyone who wants feedback from a global expert on startups and venture capital - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company - Anyone who wants to learn about entrepreneurship :::: What is the Agenda? - Welcome and Socializing - Introduction to the Founder Institute - Public Office Hours with Adeo Ressi - Group Q&A Session - Discussion and Drinks *** This event is free to attend. Join us for a fun evening! Please RSVP here: https://fi.co/e/215491/meetup ***

  • Founder Night Out with Adeo Ressi, CEO of Founder Institute

    Lowes Santa Monica - BarBelle located within the hotel’s lobby, street & hotel valet parking

    If you have a startup idea or a growing company and you're interested in expanding your network, then join us for the Founder Night Out. Our special host for this event is none other than Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute and 9X entrepreneur/ investor. (please note that this event will take place after the earlier Meetup at https://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Startup-Founder-101/events/264293609/) At his social event you can meet fellow entrepreneurs, as well as mentors and coaches. Socialize over drinks with other entrepreneurs across various stages of development. Meet potential Co-Founders. Meet potential partners. Most of all, have fun! >> Who should Attend? - Anyone interested in entrepreneurship - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company - Anyone interested in joining a startup accelerator >> What is the Agenda? - Networking, Socializing and Drinks *** This event is free to attend. Join us for a fun evening! Please RSVP here: https://fi.co/e/215488/meetup ***

  • Founder Well Being: Overcoming Mental Obstacles to Scale Your Startup

    In a 2015 study released by UCSF, 72% of entrepreneurs self-reported mental health concerns, and entrepreneurs were 30% more likely to experience depression than members of the general population. At the same time, entrepreneurs constantly face rejection and are expected to project optimism while hiding constant worry and anxiety. At this event, Adeo Ressi (9x entrepreneur and CEO of the Founder Institute) and Gabe Zichermann (CEO of Failosophy) will share strategies for building a fast-growth business, dealing with stress, establishing an “emotional support network”, and more. >> Featuring: - Adeo Ressi (Founder/CEO, Founder Institute) - Gabe Zichermann (CEO, Failosophy) - Elizabeth Topp, Ph.D.(CEO & Co Founder, MOD) >> Who Should Attend? - Anyone building, or thinking about building, a fast-growth technology company - Anyone who wants to learn about the resources available for local entrepreneurs >> Topics Include: - Dealing with rejection and negative feedback. - Securing the support of family on your entrepreneurial goals, and setting aside time each week to spend with them and other non-work related friends. - Identifying hobbies and other healthy ways to deal with stress, and designating time each week for those activities. - Creating a system to celebrate all company accomplishments, no matter how small. - Developing a framework for prioritization that will allow you to avoid over extension, and easily say “no” when necessary. - Monitoring the habits that affect your energy levels, and optimizing around the positive habits. - Identifying your limiting beliefs, and developing tactics to overcome those self-inflicted boundaries. - And more... ▶️ ▶️ This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit http://fi.co/e/212641/meetup About the Speakers: --- ADEO RESSI is the Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute, the world's premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs. In addition, Adeo started TheFunded.com, an exclusive community for entrepreneurs to rate and review venture capitalists. The Institute is the eighth start-up that Adeo has founded or built, four of which were acquired and three of which are still operating. Adeo is regarded as a worldwide expert on early-stage startups and venture capital, with numerous appearances in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNN, and more. GABE ZICHERMANN is the world’s foremost expert and public speaker on the subject of gamification, user engagement and behavioral design and the Co-Founder of the behavior change software startup, Onward. Zichermann is the author of The Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill, 2013), Gamification by Design (2011) and Game-Based Marketing (2010), as well as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the industry’s primary publication, Gamification.co and the host of the popular interview webseries/podcast GameRev. In addition, Gabe helped co-design live-event gamification platform Liventium and co-founded strategy/design consultancy Dopamine where he works with leading brands to drive customer and employee engagement. Zichermann’s talks, workshops, books and courses have inspired an entire generation of marketers, customer loyalty experts, HR professionals, strategists and product designers to make the world a more fun and engaging place. When he’s not traveling around the world lecturing, Gabe can be found cooking, eating and photographing his food from his home base in Los Angeles. You can buy his books at Barnes and Noble. Elizabeth Topp, Ph.D.has been working in the corporate sector for 25 years in the capacity of cross-cultural trainer, executive coach, and business consultant. Her strengths lie in working on issues of individual growth and transformation, including global leadership development, Mindfulness training, systems thinking and wellness. Elizabeth designed and researched a Mindfulness-Based executive coaching model.

  • Your MVP: Building & Testing Your Set of Features

    Once you’ve identified that world-changing business, you start asking yourself: How should you start building it? How do you go about finding out what the first version should look like? What should you prioritize and build first, and what can wait until later? Developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) can answer a lot of these questions for you. At this workshop, you'll learn how to build strong MVPs and kick off your startup’s journey. This will be an interactive event where you will be able to practice what you learn during the event & receive feedback. >> Speaker/Mentor • Jad Meouchy (CTO, Angel Investor) Jad is a serial entrepreneur. Programming since childhood, he has vast experience in reverse engineering, data analytics, and all things mobile. He is currently the CTO and Co-Founder at BadVR. BadVR is a next-generation VR data visualization platform used to craft immersive data experiences that help you see the whole picture and gain actionable insights, faster. His previous ventures include; Remine, a real estate technology company with a next generation MLS platform that is part of core functionality for real estate professionals as well as a real-time analytics platform for the foreclosure industry, sold to a private equity firm in 2013. Jad holds a B.S. in Psychology & a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech. >> Who should Attend? • Anyone who dreams of launching their own company • Anyone with a business who wants to take the next step >> What are some of the Topics? • How to turn your idea into a testable product • What steps to take to make early progress, quickly and cheaply • How to gain user insights about your MVP • And more... >> What is the Agenda? • Welcome and Socializing • Expert Talks on Prototype Development • Question and Answer >> >> This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit https://fi.co/e/215239/meetup Hope to see you there! --- Also remember to sign up for our Founder Insight mailing list to receive exclusive startup training videos and articles every Monday and Thursday: http://eepurl.com/SLa

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

    Lowes Santa Monica - BarBelle located within the hotel’s lobby, street & hotel valet parking

    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 the Founder Institute Director, 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 >> This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit http://fi.co/e/212631/meetup Hope to see you there! --- This event is sponsored by the Founder Institute {City} 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.

  • Venture Funding for Female Founders: AMA with Cat Lee of Maveron (Online Event)

    According to several reports, less than 3% of all venture capital funding goes to female founders. If you want to get advice on how female founders can close a funding round (despite the inordinate challenge), then join this interactive online AMA ("Ask me Anything") featuring Cat Lee, Partner at Maveron (a leading Silicon Valley venture capital fund). ** This is a live online event. Be sure to RSVP and join at https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238452470/f2c19627e5 ** ** Please submit your funding questions for Cat here: https://forms.gle/xbev1o7KsFBiUu3g6 Cat is the newest partner at Maveron (http://maveron.com), an early-stage consumer-tech venture firm. Previously, Cat spent the last six years at Pinterest (Head of Culture, Global Partner Marketing, Growth, Product). Before joining Pinterest, Cat worked at Facebook across various roles on their developer platform team. She has an MBA from University of Michigan and a BS in Computer Science from Stanford. Join this interactive online discussion as Rachel Sheppard (Co-Founder of the Female Founder Initiative, and Global Marketing Manager at the Founder Institute) and Cat field all the questions you have about startup funding. ** 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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  • How to Raise Money from Investors & Are You Ready

    Do you have a business idea or product that needs funding? Do you want to learn how startup funding works, what you need to do before trying to raise funding, and where you can go to get it? Then join us for this fundraising workshop, which will provide practical, step by step advice, and feature talks from entrepreneurs who have successfully raised money for their businesses, and investors actively funding businesses. Learn expert tips, big pitfalls to avoid, what investors are looking for, how equity works, and more. Join us for a great event! **************** Speakers - Gabe Zichermann & Madeline Fraser **************** Gabe Zichermann takes on many roles, including those of an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, mentor and teacher. As a digital engagement strategist, he helps companies in becoming more engaging and meaningful. He has worked with various organizations, including major governments and Fortune 500 companies, in order to help them maximize engagement. Gabe is a leading expert on technology addiction and has been featured on 60 Minutes for his work on digital distraction and productivity. His latest venture, Failosophy, aims to help others understand the fear of failure that many people experience as well as the personal and professional limitations that may accompany it. Not only does Gabe aim to help others understand failure, but he also intends to help them combat their fear of failure through proven tools and techniques. His ultimate goal is to help individuals and organizations transform their lives for the better. In addition to his work with various teams and organizations, Gabe has also written many books on technology and digital engagement, such as The Gamification Revolution. He is also the co-founder of Onward — a tech startup with the aim of helping users combat technology addiction– and Dopamine — a strategy/design consultancy company that works with leading brands to drive customer and employee engagement. *********************** Madeline Fraser is the CEO & Founder of Gemist which is is a mobile app that let’s you design any ring and try it on at home before you buy. Prior to Gemist, she was the CMO & Co Founder of Hutch a mobile app that allows you to try furniture on in your home before you buy it & earlier, Co Founder of ZOOM interiors which is an online interior design platform. Madeline graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in the Field Of Study Interior Design & Architecture. ************************* Who Should Attend? • Anyone who is thinking about raising money for their startup • Anyone that wants an understanding of fundraising What are some of the Topics? • The key metrics and pre-requisites for raising funding, and the anatomy of a "fundable" company • How to make yourself more attractive to investors • How to meet and work with different sources of capital, such as friends and family, angel investors, venture capitalists, government grants and loans, and more. • And more... What is the Agenda? • Welcome and Socializing • Talks from Entrepreneurs who have raised capital, and Investors who fund startups • Question and Answer • Introduction to the Founder Institute Hope to see you there! `>> This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit http://fi.co/e/205071/meetup

  • 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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