What we're about

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)

Startup Elevate at IoT World [Partner Event]

Santa Clara Convention Center

Join leading IoT startups from around the world at Startup Elevate @ Internet of Things World (May 15-16, 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center), the most comprehensive IoT conference on the market with 12,500+ attendees. Purchase your ticket today: http://bit.ly/2WPtvqe Positioned at the heart of the show floor, the Startup Elevate exhibition area is the hub of the Internet of Things World expo, which attracts a world-class audience of industry decision makers. The Startup Elevate exhibition area will buzz with activity, including hosting the pitchoff competition, presentations and content specifically for startups and the Investor Lounge. Startups will exhibit and demo in this exciting environment at their own branded pod. Whether you're looking to expand your customer base through showcasing your product or service at your own branded pod or want to pitch to investors and VCs to get actionable feedback, Startup Elevate will help take your startup to the next level. Are you ready? Agenda: http://bit.ly/2WLH6P9 Wednesday, May 15: 10:45am Pitch Group 1: Smart Cities & Transportation 12:00pm Pitch Group 2: Enterprise Innovation & Digital Transformation 1:45pm Pitch Group 3: Consumer Tech: Smart Home, Healthcare, Wearables 2:50pm Pitch Group 4: AI & Machine Learning 4:20pm Pitch Group 5: IoT Security Thursday, May 15: 10:45am Pitch Group 6: Industrial IoT & Connectivity 12:00pm Pitch Group 7: Blockchain & FinTech 2:05pm Pitch Group 8: Retail Tech 3:00pm Final Pitch Off – to determine winner of competition Purchase your ticket today: http://bit.ly/2WPtvqe

Climate Career Fair & Forum - Spring 2019 [Partner Event]

David Brower Center

This event is hosted by our partner Climate.Careers. RSVPing on this Meetup doesn't guarantee you entrance to the event. Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-career-fair-forum-spring-2019-tickets-52339631246 Join us in Spring 2019 for the Climate Career Fair & Forum, presented by Climate.Careers: http://www.climate.careers/. -Learn about employment opportunities at 30+ for-profit and non-profit organizations that are working to mitigate climate change. Meet the founders, hiring managers, and other org representatives in a low-pressure, social setting. -Deepen your understanding of climate change. Learn about the work currently being done to address the causes and effects of climate change across a variety of industries and fields including energy, food, education, climate justice, buildings and construction, land use, transportation, material sciences, smart cities, public policy, and more. -Hear from leaders at startups and established companies, VCs, NPOs, and representatives from the public sector who are currently delivering climate-focused products, services, and policy initiatives. -Enjoy climate-beneficial snacks and light refreshments while networking with like-minded individuals who are driven to make the world a better place through their work. This event is inspired by the work of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, leading economic proposals such as "The Green New Deal", and books like Paul Hawken's "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming". The Career Fair: The Spring 2019 Climate Career Fair & Forum aims to empower the solutions to the greatest environmental challenges we face, by bringing together mission-driven job seekers and organizations working to mitigate the causes and effects of climate change. We hope to help people find meaningful, fulfilling work that aligns with improving the health of our home planet. The Forum: This event is as much about education and the exchange of ideas as it is about employment. In addition to the career fair component, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and participate in panel and group discussions on a variety of topics. Some of the larger questions we hope to discuss include: -How will the increasing effects of climate change effect the employment landscape in the coming decades? -What are the underlying social, economic, and political forces driving climate change? -Can we properly mitigate climate change through capitalist means and market-derived solutions? If so, what would qualify sustainable capitalism? -How do we quantify and more deeply understand the commonly used term "impact", both socially and environmentally? Job seekers: -Are you concerned about the future of our planet and your role within it? Are you struggling to develop a fulfilling career in which you can make a truly positive impact on the world through your work? Are you eager to be introduced to organizations working to address climate change and global warming? -If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, this event is designed for you! -If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer to help spread the word about this event, or to help on the day of the event, please contact [masked] Companies, NPOs, government representatives/agencies, and domain experts: Would you like to have a table at our event, present on a specific topic, and/or join for an on-stage panel discussion? We are currently seeking domain experts to participate in a variety of ways. We are also seeking a qualified keynote speaker. For all questions, email [masked]. We look forward to meeting you. Let's build a sustainable, more beautiful future, together.

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 startups that are building impactful companies pitch to a panel of top investors and take questions from thousands of investors and entrepreneurs watching live. The top ranked pitch from the 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), Fellowships to attend any Founder Institute program worldwide, and Office Hours with top global entrepreneurs. ** This is a live online event. Be sure to RSVP and join at http://FI.co/demo ** If you are interested in also joining the free pitch competition, then read on... --- The Pitch for Purpose Competition (http://FI.co/good), from the Founder Institute, aims to empower and showcase ambitious entrepreneurs building impactful businesses across the globe. In this free and open pitch competition, any entrepreneur or team building an impactful business with less than $250,000 USD in funding can submit a video pitch for a chance to be present on the Online Demo Day, judged by top venture capitalists and broadcast live to thousands of global viewers. This competition is 100% free, and you only need to submit a simple 30-second video to enter (mobile "selfie" videos are okay). ** Apply to the Pitch for Purpose Competition today at http://FI.co/good , or see the latest entrants and vote for the businesses you think can have the greatest positive impact on the world at https://www.facebook.com/FounderInstitute/app/36495350702/. ** Applicable businesses include any products that can positively shape the future of our society, including those addressing gender and racial equality, space exploration, clean technology, food and water, fertility, financial inclusion, housing and urban planning, governance and democracy, education, healthcare and biotech, and other related fields. Learn more about the competition at http://FI.co/good , and be sure to register for the "Pitch for Purpose Online Demo Day" at http://FI.co/demo . ** 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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