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.


June 3-4, 2019

General Admission (all founders eligible to apply)


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.






Any founders 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

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

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

afternoon Session


Speakers: WSGR

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

Unlocking Growth, Strategies for Scaling & Fundraising

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?

Targeting & Landing the Right Investors

Speaker: Lauren Kolodny, Aspect Ventures

What investors should you be targeting? And how should you prepare for that first meeting?

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.

Fundraising Process & LAUNCH Accelerator

Speaker: Jason Demant, LAUNCH

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

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

Raising Through Syndicates

Speaker: Ashley Whitehurst, LAUNCH

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

Founder Lessons

Speaker: Sarah Lerche, Escalon Services, Inc.

Navigating the world of entrepreneurship as a female founder.

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Julie Lein, Urban Innovation Fund

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

afternoon session

LUNCH & networking

Founder lessons

Fireside Chat with Joel Spolsky, Stack Overflow

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


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