FOunder University

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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.

next Class:

April 1-3, 2019

This class is for women founders only

san francisco, CA


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.)



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






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


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February 2019 Curriculum


DAY 1 - 2/11/19

Morning Session

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital

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

afternoon Session


Speakers: Dave Brekke & Justin D’Aniello, WSGR

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

crushing Communications & pr

Speaker: Eitan Bencuya, Square (previously DoorDash, Google)

Tricks of the trade on telling your startup’s story as you scale: what, how and to whom.

go to market strategy

Speaker: Roland Ligtenberg, Housecall Pro

Learn what it really takes to scale your company, and what techniques work best for sales and growth.

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.

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.

food, fun & networking

Presented by WSGR

DAY 2 - 2/12/19

morning session

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.

raising through crowdequity funding

Speakers: Chuck Pettid & Matt Melbourne, Republic

Crowdequity is a new fundraising vehicle for startups. Is it right for you? Find out the how and why of raising money online.

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund

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

afternoon session

LUNCH & networking

refining sales targets through messaging

Speaker: Doug Landis, Emergence Capital

Best practices in selling your product & landing customers.

marketing to scale

Speaker: Aaron Magness, Brandless (previously Betabrand, Zappos)

Marketing that works: best strategies from email to beyond digital into the physical world.

fundraising metrics: investor perspective

Speaker: Sara Deshpande, Maven Ventures

What are investors looking for? What metrics do you need to secure a Seed or Series A round? And, most importantly, how do you achieve them?

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

Speaker: Andrew Farah, Density

Founder lessons learned growing startup from Seed through Series A. What assumptions are you making about your business, and how will you get there? Walk through the real metrics.

happy hour

Presented by WSGR

DAY 3 - 2/13/19

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