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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

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.

 
 
 

UPCOMING DATES

 

June

3-4

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

SEPT

9-10

*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
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?

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
12:00PM-5:00PM 

LEGAL LUNCH & LEARN

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.

Marketing, A/B testing & optimization

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

Dive into growth, marketing, and SEO strategies.

5 keys to negotiating a term sheeT & Panel Discussion

Speaker:  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
9:00AM-12:00PM

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
12:00PM-5:00PM

LUNCH & networking

defensibility

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, Calm.com

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

founder lessons

Speaker: Samantha August, LAUNCH

Tools to scale and prevent burn-out.

to board or not to board

Speaker: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund

When is a good time to form a board? (Hint: earlier than you think.) Learn the whys and hows.

happy hour

Presented by WSGR