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Startup Pro is a private MeetUp for early and mid-stage entrepreneurs. We offer coaching, connections and community to help you raise money and tackle the challenges of an early-stage. company.

IMPORTANT: Membership is by invitation only and conditional on a minimal level of participation so that our events can be small, intense, and address problems on an advanced level. YOU MUST BE INVITED TO JOIN. Get an invitation either 1) from me, if I already know your company well; or 2) somebody I know who refers you to me.

(Note: Meetup.com recently jumped the gun and broadcast emails promoting this group. I am declining all these invites, just to have a clean start. Sorry.)

Who qualifies? This group is for startups that have progressed beyond the idea stage. Any industry, including life sciences. Qualifying companies should have at least one full-time founder and some evidence that you're a real company, e.g. proof of product/market fit, a plausible plan to capture market share, traction with customers. Life-science companies will have IP and a path to regulatory approval.

If you have already secured investment from professional investors (angels or VCs), or if you've passed the first level of screening of a local organization (such as MADV, Angel Venture Fair, or Ben Franklin Technology Partners) you qualify.

If you aren't sure if you qualify, come to an Open Coaching event through my sister MeetUp, Startup Money. Startup Money is a public group, open to everybody in the venture community, no questions asked. That way I can get to know you and you can show me your stuff.

This meetup is sponsored by the global law firm DLA Piper. You DO NOT have to be a client or prospective client of DLA Piper to join.

All Startup Pro events are free. No formal written agreements, no giving away a piece of your company.

What is your commitment? To maintain your status as a Pro in Good Standing all we ask is that you:

1) show up

2) share

3) follow directions

Startup Pro is an experiment. We'll figure it out together and we'll see where it goes.


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