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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 Cut Startup Product Development Costs Up to 50%, with Nelly Yusupova

One of the biggest challenges early stage founders face when building a startup is how to build a product on a limited budget. Most projects encounter budget overruns due to poor planning and communication or lack of technical knowledge and skills. If you’d like to learn ways to develop your product successfully without exceeding your budget, then join us for this interactive, online event. Nelly Yusupova, CTO and Founder of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, will share an efficient and repeatable process that she’s developed to successfully manage teams that deliver projects on time and on budget. Join us and come ready with your questions.

> > > This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/12293

> > About the Speaker: Nelly Yusupova

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Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years experience, leading companies to technical excellence. She is a start-up tech advisor, outsourced CTO, and the creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs.

Nelly is on a mission to help entrepreneurs minimize technology mistakes through her online masterclass TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs where she provides the roadmap to successfully manage technology teams and projects. Just recently included in Fast Company’s, “League of Extraordinary Women”, Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’ s movement online since 1999 and is a Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track”.

Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industry events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, NY Entrepreneurs Business Network, Small Business Summit, BlogHer, Social Media Jungle, Mom 2.0, BlogWorld, and has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, SmartMoney, SmallBiz, TechRepublic, and Women’s Radio.

> > > This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/12293

FI Silicon Valley Graduation w/ Keynote from Alumni who Raised a $12M Series A

Completing the Founder Institute pre-seed accelerator program is an honor. The program is challenging, and the expectations are demanding. Join us for the Graduation of the latest Silicon Valley cohort, where you can see an inspiring keynote from Taj Adhav, CEO of Leasecake, an FI Alumni that recently raised a $12M Series A, and a few "debut" presentations from graduating Alumni. Learn about some of the pre-seed companies that will go onto seed-accelerators, raise funding, and build the next great Silicon Valley startups. There will also be an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and celebrate the new Graduates.

>>> This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/11483

>>> About the Keynote Speaker: Taj Adhav

Taj Adhav, is the CEO of Leasecake. Leasecake is a FI Silicon Valley Alumni that recently closed their $12M Series A, since graduating from the FI Silicon Valley 2019 program. They are the lease and location management operating system for private-equity firms, franchisors, corporate tenants, brokers, and landlords. Learn about the their journey from Idea to Series A in this inspiring keynote.

>>> Who Should Attend?

  • Alumni, mentors, and friends of the Founder Institute
  • Anyone interested in launching a technology company in Silicon Valley
  • Anyone interested in learning about the innovative pre-seed companies coming out of the Silicon Valley program

>>> This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/11483

Meet the Quantum & Photonics Startup Ecosystem w/ Qubits Ventures & More

Quantum & Photonics has a fast growing startup ecosystem, and entrepreneurs here are lucky to have so many resources available to help them in their journey. However, many people don't know about all of the resources available, the differences between them, or what resources are right for them. At this online and interactive event, we will gather representatives from different entrepreneurial organizations, including OneQuantum and top local entrepreneurs, to outline the local resources and provide tips on how to build a startup in Quantum & Photonics.

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>>> This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/e/283676
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>>> About the Ecosystem Organizations:

  • Qubits Ventures (https://www.qubitsventures.com): A pre-seed quantum technology fund investing in early stage quantum tech startups.
  • OneQuantum (https://onequantum.org/): The leading global quantum technology community supporting startups with resources.
  • Quantum Computing Report (https://quantumcomputingreport.com/): Established in 2015, the Quantum Computing Report is the most authoritative source for quantum industry developments as they happen. We will chronicle and promote quantum computing developments for parties interested in the industry.
  • Atom Computing (https://atom-computing.com/): Atom Computing is a growing start-up company focused on one mission: Deliver scalable quantum computers that can solve some of the most daunting problems ever attempted by man or machine.
  • AILA (https://www.joinai.la/): Artificial Intelligence Los Angeles (AI LA) is a public benefit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; supporting the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) communities of the Greater Los Angeles area.

>>> This is an interactive, live online event. To access the event, RSVP at https://fi.co/e/283676

Online Startup Idea Fest: Build and Share Ideas with Potential Customers

To form great startup ideas, it is absolutely critical to share your ideas and get feedback from people in your target market. However, in our current COVID-19 reality, this basic "customer development" can be challenging to execute.

To help, we are hosting an "Online Startup Idea Fest" - an interactive online conference that starts with a short presentation on the best practices for forming and validating business ideas, followed by a long networking session where you can share your startup ideas for feedback with other attendees. You will also have the opportunity to give feedback on ideas and meet other people interested in your space. Join us for what promises to be a fun event!

> > > This is a live, interactive online event. To join you must RSVP for the event at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/12470

It is not required, but to help you prepare for this event, we highly recommend you use this Startup Idea Fest Worksheet.

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

> > > This is a live, interactive online event. To join you must RSVP for the event at https://fi.co/startupwebinar/12470

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How to Raise a $13M Series A, with Liza Rodewald (CEO of Instant Teams)

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