FOunder University

Presented by:


Founder University is a two-day curriculum for founders who have launched their product
but haven't raised Series A. 

Commitment to attend each day is required.


SEPT 9-10, 2019

*Underrepresented founders only*


Available to 60 founders selected based on merit. The class is free of charge for the accepted founders.

(Only one founder per startup can attend.)

If you are a non-founder (Investor, Sales Exec, Aspiring Founder) and would like to attend, we have a few spots available to purchase.






*Underrepresented* founders with a product in market but before Series A are eligible to apply


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agenda June 2019

(updated frequently)


DAY 1 - 6/3/19

Morning Session

LAUNCH Startup basics checklist

Speaker: Jacqui Deegan, LAUNCH

What information does the LAUNCH investment team (and other investors, most likely!) expect founders to have before the first meeting?

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital

Founders get 2 minutes to pitch their startup to Jason & Dave then receive candid feedback to make it 20x better.

afternoon Session


Speakers: Andrew Sparks & Dave Brekke, WSGR

Free legal advice. Get your startup legal questions answered by Attorneys at WSGR over lunch.

Fundraising Process & LAUNCH Accelerator

Speaker: Jason Demant, LAUNCH

Getting the most return from the fundraising process & details about LAUNCH Accelerator.

Pricing theory & practice

Speaker: Alex David, Segment

Strategies for pricing and getting the full value for what you are delivering.

delighting your customers

Speaker: Jill Bourque, RushTix

How do you acquire and attain your super customers, the advocates who will fuel hyper growth?

5 keys to negotiating a term sheeT & Panel Discussion

Speaker:  Mark Reinstra, WSGR

This discussion covers the most important elements of a Series A term sheet to prepare founders for the negotiation phase.

food, fun & networking

Presented by WSGR

DAY 2 - 6/4/19

morning session

Raising Through Syndicates

Speaker: Ashley Whitehurst, LAUNCH

What are Syndicates, and are they a good fundraising vehicle for your startup?

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis

Founders get 2 minutes to pitch their startup to Jason, then receive candid feedback to make it 20x better.

afternoon session

LUNCH & networking


Speaker: Mike Ghaffary, Canvas VC

How are you making your products defensible, and how do you communicate this effectively to investors?

client acquisition, retention & monetization

Speaker: Matthew Horiuchi,

Leveraging data to maximize new client acquisition, retention, & monetization

Marketing, A/B testing & optimization

Speaker: Martijn Scheijbeler, RVShare (prev., Postmates)

Dive into growth, marketing, and SEO strategies.

founder lessons

Speaker: Samantha August, LAUNCH

Tools to scale and prevent burn-out.

happy hour

Presented by WSGR