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FOunder University

Presented by:

 
 

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

Commitment to attend each day is required.

Current Class:

April 1-3, 2019

*Female Founders Only*

 

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

(Only one founder per startup can attend.)

 

Next CLASS

June 3-4, 2019

General Admission (all founders eligible to apply)

 

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

 
 
 

UPCOMING DATES

 

APRIL

1-3

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

June

3-4

Any founder with a product in market but before Series A are eligible to apply

 

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agenda april 2019

(updated frequently)

 

DAY 1 - 4/1/19

Morning Session
10:00aM-12:00PM 

LAUNCH accelerator checklist, process & syndicate

Speakers: Jacqui Deegan, Jason Demant & Ashley Whitehurst, LAUNCH

Insider tips from the LAUNCH Managing Directors on how to fundraise through our accelerator & syndicate.

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
12:00PM-5:00PM 

LEGAL LUNCH & LEARN

Speakers: WSGR

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

founder lessons

Speaker: Shanna Tellerman, Modsy (previously, Google Ventures)

Now that you’re in market, what are the strategies and tactics you’ll need to grow & scale to Series B?

Key Metrics & Assumptions in prep for VC meetings: Investor perspective

Speaker: Lauren Kolodny, Aspect Ventures

What are investors looking for? How should you prepare?

Metrics for series A: founder perspective

Speaker: Miriam Brafman, Packlane

Lessons from a founder, and Founder University alumna, on growing startup from Seed through Series A.

go to market SALES & PIPELINE

Speaker: Hilary Headlee, Zoom.us

Framework for developing and executing your sales process and pipeline.

5 keys to negotiating a term sheeT & Panel Discussion

Speaker:  Becki DeGraw, 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 - 4/2/19

morning session
9:00AM-12:00PM

founder lessons

Speaker: Samantha August, LAUNCH

Navigating the ups and downs of being a founder. What to watch for, and how to handle the hurdles.

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
12:00PM-5:00PM

LUNCH & networking activities
 

Optimizing sales & closing deals

Speaker: Whitney Sales, Acceleprise VC

Learn how to communicate with your customers to optimize your pipeline and close deals.

client acquisition, retention & monetization

Speaker: Melody McCloskey, StyleSeat

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

HIRING YOUR SERIES A TEAM

Speaker: Beth Scheer, Homebrew

Best strategies to hire the best team to get you to Series A and beyond.

happy hour

Presented by WSGR

DAY 3 - 4/3/19

optional off-site retreat: hiking, networking & startup challenges