What we're about

The SF Startup Traction & Funding Network 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:
• Refining your startup idea
• Startup legal basics
• How to pitch your startup
• How to launch a global company
• How to raise funding for your startup
• And much more!

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Upcoming events (4)

Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Startup to San Francisco Startup Experts

Do you have a startup, or a strong idea for a startup? Could you use blunt, honest feedback on your ideas from experienced entrepreneurs? Then join us for the Founder Hotseat event, from the Founder Institute. During this event, members of the audience will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, who will then rate each pitch on a score of 1-5 (no 3's allowed!), and provide helpful feedback. Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to register, hear startup ideas, and watch how the experts analyze and critique new businesses. 👉 RSVP here: http://fi.co/e/207541/meetup >> Who should Attend? - Anyone who wants feedback from leading entrepreneurs - Anyone who has an early-stage startup and wants expert feedback - Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company - Anyone who needs practice and expert advice on pitching >> Speakers: - Haden Kirkpatrick (Head of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Esurance) - Kelli Peterson (Founder, The Change Project) - Julia Selander (VP San Francisco, Essen International) - Zaina Orbai (Chief People Officer, The RealReal) - Kunal Punjabi (Founder, KeenBrain, business courses and coaching to take you to the next level) - Sidd Gavirneni (CEO and Co-Founder, Zeguro) - Ben Larson (Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator) - Justine Reichman (Founder, Next Gen Chef) - Ken Kruszka (CEO, SnapCheck) - Jake Kuczeruk (Business Development, The Arcview Group) - Daniel Idzkowski (Co-Founder & CEO, SkunkLock, Inc.) - Ryan Vinyard (Hardware Startup Consultant, Vinyard Product Development) - Alexa Meyer >> Who Pitches? We will be selecting people from the audience to pitch, and will do as many as time allows. To prepare, work on your one sentence pitch at http://fi.co/madlibs. Spectators are welcome! Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to register, hear startup ideas, and watch how the experts analyze and critique new businesses. 👉 >> This event is FREE, and we expect over 50 people in attendance. For more information, visit http://fi.co/e/207541/meetup --- 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.

SERENDIPITY 2019 [PARTNER EVENT]

San Francisco

This event is hosted by our partner The GUILD. RSVPing to this Meetup doesn't guarantee you access to the event. Friends of the Founder Institute can enjoy a $100 discount. RSVP and purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/serendipity-2019-tickets-59149898940?discount=FOUNDER_INSTITUTE SERENDIPITY is coming back to San Francisco with a personal and professional development conference hosted by the digital networking platform GUILD. This summit will unite more than 500 women across experience and industries with personalized workshops, experiences, curated networking meetings, engaged discussions, talks, family-style dinners, and an opportunity-filled cocktail reception. The magic behind these connections is both the catalyst of serendipitous in-person conversations and the GUILD’s AI-powered networking algorithm that coordinates 1:1 introductions between like-minded women. This combination empowers women of all ages, across all industries to build their network to achieve their goals. The GUILD will host salons in a beautiful location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Each salon focuses on a cross-industry area of development from “Investing”, “Emerging Tech”, "Entrepreneurship", “Leadership,” to “Self-Care” with intimate, salon-style workshops, panel discussions and activity-based networking with mentors, entrepreneurs, investors and coaches.

SERENDIPITY 2019 [PARTNER EVENT]

San Francisco

This event is hosted by our partner The GUILD. RSVPing to this Meetup doesn't guarantee you access to the event. Friends of the Founder Institute can enjoy a $100 discount. RSVP and purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/serendipity-2019-tickets-59149898940?discount=FOUNDER_INSTITUTE SERENDIPITY is coming back to San Francisco with a personal and professional development conference hosted by the digital networking platform GUILD. This summit will unite more than 500 women across experience and industries with personalized workshops, experiences, curated networking meetings, engaged discussions, talks, family-style dinners, and an opportunity-filled cocktail reception. The magic behind these connections is both the catalyst of serendipitous in-person conversations and the GUILD’s AI-powered networking algorithm that coordinates 1:1 introductions between like-minded women. This combination empowers women of all ages, across all industries to build their network to achieve their goals. The GUILD will host salons in a beautiful location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Each salon focuses on a cross-industry area of development from “Investing”, “Emerging Tech”, "Entrepreneurship", “Leadership,” to “Self-Care” with intimate, salon-style workshops, panel discussions and activity-based networking with mentors, entrepreneurs, investors and coaches.

Break the Roles: Female Founder Startup Pitch Competition

3337 El Camino Real

Founder Institute is hosting this event in partnership with Legalucy (http://www.legalucy.com/), a platform empowering small business owners to spot issues, take action, and stay safe with their interactive pre-lawyer assistant. To RSVP for this event, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/break-the-roles-startup-pitch-competition-tickets-71019161223?aff=ebapi Break the Roles: A World Class Opportunity Have you heard the news? In Silicon Valley and beyond, there is a gender parity problem (https://www.elephantinthevalley.com/) and according to sources such as Forbes and the McKinsey Global Report, the solution is worth trillions. At Break the Roles startup pitch competition, brilliant and accomplished female founders take the challenge to present their startup vision before a panel of investors. After question and answer sessions and deliberation, only one startup takes the prize. Break the Roles advances gender equality by supporting female entrepreneurship and investing in the community. Female founders across a wide variety of sectors are encouraged to participate. If you are a female founder interested in pitching or an investor interested in judging at this upcoming event, email [masked] Each Break the Roles event benefits an organization dedicated to advancing women in STEM and leadership positions. Past events, for example, benefited Notre Dame HS Girls Robotics Team and Girls Garage (for more info. visit breaktheroles.com). All proceeds from ticket sales for the Oct. 16th event will benefit SV Women Who Code. Thanks for being a champion for women and girls- YOU ARE A HERO!

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