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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.

Next CLASS

TBA

*General Admission*

 

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.

 
 
 

UPCOMING DATES

 

TBA

 

founder university Mentors

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founder university

agenda september 2019

(updated frequently)

 

DAY 1 - 9/9/19

Morning Session
10:00aM-12:00PM 

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?

Startup Tuneup: 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
12:00PM-5:00PM 

LEGAL LUNCH & LEARN

Speakers: Dave Brekke, Nico Kerr, Andrew Sparks, WSGR

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

Get back to work: a fundraising process

Speaker: Jason Demant, LAUNCH

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

Best Strategies for Hiring from Early Stage to Scale

Speaker: Maren Kate Donovan, Avra Talent

Strategies for hiring and scaling your best team.

Think Like a CMO: Organize a Marketing Team that Gets Results

Speaker: Sonny Mayugba, Waitr

Top strategies for building and growing your A+ marketing team.

5 keys to negotiating a term sheeT & Panel Discussion

Speaker:  Seth Helfgott, 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 - 9/10/19

morning session
9:00AM-12:00PM

Raising money Through Syndicates

Speaker: Ashley Whitehurst, LAUNCH

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

How to Optimize Your Funding Round

Speaker: Sara Deshpande, Maven Ventures

How to get the most from your round.

Startup Tuneup: Perfecting Your Presentation

Moderators: Jason Calacanis & Kirby Harris, Base Ventures

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

afternoon session
1:00PM-5:00PM

LUNCH & networking

Learnings, A Tool Kit, & A Reality Check

Speaker: Samantha August, LAUNCH

growth & customer acquisition

Speaker: Guillaume Cabane (prev. Segment, Apple, Drift)

the sales method

Speaker: Whitney Sales, Acceleprise

happy hour

Presented by WSGR