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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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Breaking Down Gender Bias in Entrepreneurship
Claudia Reuter
Claudia Reuter
Techstars, General Manager, Americas East
Sara Bates
Sara Bates
MamaMend, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars MetLife 2018
Nami Baral
Nami Baral
Harvest Platform, Founder & CEO - Techstars Barclays 2019
Michele Atkinson
Michele Atkinson
Contract Cloud, CEO & Founder - Techstars Chicago 2020

One set of barriers to increased entrepreneurship is the underrepresentation of women entrepreneurs. With women half as likely to become entrepreneurs compared to their male counterparts, the world economy is missing out on potential innovation and economic growth. Join us to learn about the gender biases that exist in entrepreneurship and the workplace and what can be done to help decrease the obstacles women entrepreneurs are facing.

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Raising Your Series A Virtually: Lessons Learned from COVID Roadshows
Clem Cazalot
Clem Cazalot
Techstars, Managing Director - Boston
Helen Adeosun
Helen Adeosun
CareAcademy, CEO and President, Co-Founder - Techstars Boston 2017
Dan DeMers
Dan DeMers
Cinchy, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Toronto 2018
Ty Harris
Ty Harris
Openly, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Boston 2018
Mike Nugent
Mike Nugent
Founder & General Partner, Vestigo Ventures - BISON, Cofounder - Techstars Boston 2011

Fundraising your Series A round is hard, requires prep and benchmarking of the market, and COVID can make it even more tricky. In this panel, we will be sharing practical tips from alumni having closed their Series A during COVID.

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The A in EMEA - Operating in Africa
Ramzy Ismail
Ramzy Ismail
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Europe, Middle East and Africa
Abdul Hamid
Abdul Hamid
Voyance, Co-founder
Jessica Anuna
Jessica Anuna
Klasha, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Dubai 2018
Lethabo Motsoaledi
Lethabo Motsoaledi
Voyc, Co-founder & CTO - Techstars SAP.iO 2018
Luke Kyohere
Luke Kyohere
Beyonic, Founder & CTO - Techstars Barclays Cape Town 2016
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Founding a Company whilst Founding a Family
Jag Singh
Jag Singh
Techstars, Managing Director - Berlin
Stone Atwine
Stone Atwine
Eversend, Founder & CEO - Techstars Berlin 2019
Zhanna Sharipova
Zhanna Sharipova
Anytype, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Berlin 2019
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Invitation to Founders: Holding the VC Community Accountable to Funding More Diverse Entrepreneurs
Kristen Sonday
Kristen Sonday
Paladin, Co-Founder and COO - Techstars Chicago 2017
Stella Ashaolu
Stella Ashaolu
WeSolv, Founder and CEO - Techstars Seattle 2018
Ablorde Ashigbi
Ablorde Ashigbi
4Degrees, CEO - Techstars Chicago 2017
Garry Cooper
Garry Cooper
Rheaply, CEO - Techstars Chicago 2018
Neal Sales-Griffin
Neal Sales-Griffin
Techstars, Managing Director - Chicago

A few Black and Latinx Techstars Alumni are building a public coalition of founders to hold the VC community accountable to funding more diverse entrepreneurs in light of the conversation around racial inequity. Join the conversation to learn more about how to take action against racism and be a part of this movement.

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Real Talk: Investor-Founder-Mentor Relationships
Natty Zola
Natty Zola
Techstars, Matchstick Ventures, Managing Director, Partner
Liz Giorgi
Liz Giorgi
Soona Studios, Co-Founder and CEO - Techstars Boulder 2018
Jackie Ros Amable
Jackie Ros Amable
Techstars Alumni Boulder 2015
Bryan Birsic
Bryan Birsic
FundBoard, Co-founder & CEO

Where do most founders go wrong? Where do most investors go wrong? It’s all about how they build relationships. But what does it actually mean to build a relationship for fundraising? In this talk we will discuss how to successfully build long term business relationships and how that applies to fundraising and network building. As a group of seasoned fundraisers, we are going to dig into the bolts and nuts of what healthy founder-investor-mentor relationships and conversations look like overtime, as well as, discuss some of the challenges in the fundraising landscape. From congress, to building new funds for underserved regions, or building platforms to democratize fundraising, this group of speakers is dedicated to making fundraising more accessible and straightforward and will undoubtedly be sharing some gems!

Visit Zoom link above at time of event.

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Strategies for Today’s Market Unknowns
Clarence Bethea
Clarence Bethea
Upsie, Founder and CEO - Techstars Retail 2017
Alex Canter
Alex Canter
Ordermark, CEO - Techstars Boulder 2018
Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Americas
Nicole Clark
Nicole Clark
Trellis Research, CEO and co-founder - Techstars LA 2018
Dan DeMers
Dan DeMers
Cinchy, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Toronto 2018
Luke Schoenfelder
Luke Schoenfelder
Latch, Co-founder and CEO - Techstars R/GA 2015
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The Art of the Pivot
Dave Payne
Dave Payne
Techstars, Managing Director - Atlanta
Ben Frank
Ben Frank
Rotabull, CEO - Techstars IoT 2017
Tuhin Sharma
Tuhin Sharma
Binaize, CEO - Techstars Austin 2020
Agustin Gonzalez
Agustin Gonzalez
Paranoid Fan, Founder & CEO

Everyone knows the adage that "all startups pivot," but how do you navigate it? How do you know when the time is right? What's the right way to pull it off? How do pivots play out? Hear about pivoting from Techstars founders who have successfully done it before.

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Icebreaker Networking - Hosted by John Hill
John Hill
John Hill
Techstars, VP of Network

Grab a coffee or drink of choice and join us for some fun catching up with the legend, John Hill, and the Techstars network! We'll be using Icebreaker, where you can meet other founders directly and share conversation topics. 

When you're ready, join us here: https://icebreaker.video/events/XMnyI5KvdxbyQmQJqb76

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Foundercon 2020 Kickoff - Chat with David and David (Evening)
David Brown
David Brown
Techstars, Cofounder, CEO
David Cohen
David Cohen
Techstars, Cofounder, Managing Partner
John Hill
John Hill
Techstars, VP of Network
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Building Your Company Remote First
Damola Ogundipe
Damola Ogundipe
Civic Eagle, Co-founder and CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2019
Ahva Sadeghi
Ahva Sadeghi
Symba, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2020
Ryan Kuder
Ryan Kuder
Techstars, Managing Director - Techstars Anywhere
Lindsey Michaelides
Lindsey Michaelides
Strongsuit, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2019
Jordan Husney
Jordan Husney
Parabol, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2019
Darren Buckner
Darren Buckner
Workfrom, CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2020

How do you build a company with remote employees from the very beginning? We'll talk with four Techstars Anywhere founders at different stages who are doing just that. We will discuss hiring, onboarding, culture, processes, challenges and benefits. If you've recently gone remote or are considering making the move to remote join us for this panel discussion.

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Business as a Force for Good: Fireside Chat with Sameer Dholakia of Twilio Sendgrid
Sameer Dholakia
Sameer Dholakia
CEO of Twilio Sendgrid
Amy Lesnick
Amy Lesnick
Pledge 1%, Chief Executive and President

Join us for a fireside chat with Sameer Dholaki, CEO of Twilio Sendgrid, where we sit down to chat about being a force for good through business. Sameer took Sendgrid public in 2017 and feels strongly that giving back is both the right thing and smart thing for companies to do. Learn from a CEOs personal experience with boards and tips on how to get it through.

We will be chatting about how to embed giving back into the DNA of your company and why setting aside equity is both a smart and right thing to do (now more than ever).  This session will be focusing on helping founders better understand why/how to set aside equity as well as the models, tools, resources available to help them. 

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Fundraising as a Black Founder
Gabby Cazeau
Gabby Cazeau
Harlem Capital Partners, Senior Associate
Sydney Sykes
Sydney Sykes
BLCK VC, Co-founder & Investor
Obi Omile
Obi Omile
theCut, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018
David Potter
David Potter
Curu, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Western Union 2019
Daricus Releford
Daricus Releford
StoreCash, CEO and Co-founder - Techstars Western Union 2019
Ethan Austin
Ethan Austin
Techstars, Managing Director - Western Union Accelerator

Stories and discussion from Black Founders and CEOs on what it takes to raise capital as a black founder in a system that is stacked against you.

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Techstars Chapters Presents: Navigating the Techstars Network
Louis Huynh
Louis Huynh
Techstars, Director of Network Operations
Ali Norup
Ali Norup
kpiReady, Founder and CEO - Techstars NYC 2018
Chris Wolfel
Chris Wolfel
Helpful, Co-Founder & CEO
Diana Yuan
Diana Yuan
Indico, Co-founder & VP of Talent and Operations - Techstars Boston 2014

Get the inside scoop from Techstars Chapters about staying connected, getting support, and growing your network.

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How To Navigate Co-Founder Relationships
Anna Barber
Anna Barber
Techstars, Managing Director - Los Angeles
Lauren Tracy
Lauren Tracy
Blue Fever, Co-founder & CEO - Alexa Next Stage 2020
Steve Seigel
Steve Seigel
Digital Health Entrepreneur & Investor
Melanie Stricklan
Melanie Stricklan
Slingshot Aerospace, Co-founder & CSO - Techstars LA 2017
Obi Omile
Obi Omile
theCut, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018

Research shows that 65% of companies fail due to team issues. Hear from founding teams that have navigated change and growth, and come out stronger.

This event will be held on Zoom, visit the Stream link above at time of event.

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Icebreaker Networking - Hosted by Andrea Perdomo
Andrea Perdomo
Andrea Perdomo
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Grab a drink of choice and join us for some fun catching up with the awesome Andrea Perdomo and the Techstars network! We'll be using Icebreaker, where you can meet other founders directly and share conversation topics.

When you're ready, join us here: https://icebreaker.video/events/Qi1qPNSgpzZhcHlUVFUm

Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Startup Communities: Discussion and AMA with Brad Feld
Brad Feld
Brad Feld
Foundry Group, Cofounder, Partner
Lalitha Wemel
Lalitha Wemel
Techstars, Regional Director of Community for APAC

Join us for a live discussion with Brad Feld, co-founder of Techstars and partner at Foundry Group. Brad is also co-author of the new book, The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. In this new book, Brad explores what makes startup communities thrive and how to improve collaboration in these rapidly evolving, complex environments. Founders are the building block to startup communities around the world, and we need founders to grow innovation in regions around the world. 

Join Brad to learn how Techstars founders and network can get involved in their local ecosystems and help move communities forward.

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How to Navigate your Business in Uncertain Times as a Female Entrepreneur
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Techstars, Managing Director - Tel Aviv
Maya Huber
Maya Huber
Skillset, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Tel Aviv 2020
Ina Samovich
Ina Samovich
Cashew, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Barclays Tel Aviv 2019

Emerging evidence on the impact of COVID-19 suggests clearly that women’s economic and productive lives will be affected disproportionately and differently from men. Hilla Brenner and founders will provide strategies on how to cope with the challenges posed by this crisis.

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Raising Capital in Uncertain Times
Jenny Fielding
Jenny Fielding
Techstars, Managing Director - New York City
Kim Stiefel
Kim Stiefel
REPEAT, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars LA 2018
Char Hu
Char Hu
The Helper Bees, CEO
Christina Ross
Christina Ross
Cube, Founder & CEO- Techstars NYC 2019

Given the current pandemic and looming recession, what have been some of the best approaches to raising capital during volatile times? Hear from Techstars founders on what's working right now.

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What About Me as a Cofounder in the Long Term!?
Clem Cazalot
Clem Cazalot
Techstars, Managing Director - Boston
Jesse Bardo
Jesse Bardo
EverTrue, Cofounder - Techstars Boston 2011
Brent Shields
Brent Shields
OwnUp, CTO & Co-founder - Techstars Boston 2017
Layla Lynn
Layla Lynn
AceUp, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder - Techstars Boston 2019
Sonciary Honnoll
Sonciary Honnoll
Promoboxx, Co-founder - Techstars Boston 2011

The “CEO role” is somewhat easy to understand as the company grows: focus on fundraising, hiring good executives, and strategy. However, as a cofounder, we are wearing many different hats. What does this mean in the long term?

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Ideas for Balancing Growth and Burn Effectively
Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Americas
Damola Ogundipe
Damola Ogundipe
Civic Eagle, Co-founder and CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2019
Michael Barlow
Michael Barlow
Fernish, CEO and Co-founder
Julia Niiro
Julia Niiro
MilkRun, CEO - Techstars Anywhere
Cody Barbo
Cody Barbo
Trust & Will, Founder & CEO
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Startup Mergers & Acquisitions
Laura Kennedy
Laura Kennedy
Techstars, VP, Corporate Development
Austin Evarts
Austin Evarts
Techstars Chapters - NYC
Anya Babbitt
Anya Babbitt
SPLT, Founder - Techstars Mobility 2015
Rod Robinson
Rod Robinson
Coupa Software

Are you thinking about an exit in the next 12-24 months? Perhaps you want to create more strategic opportunities for your business and options for the future. Through a conversation that will cover standard strategic deal workflows and stories from founders who have successfully navigated an exit, learn how to prepare, where to begin, and what to avoid.

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What I Wished I Knew Before Shutting My Company Down
Ted Serbinski
Ted Serbinski
Techstars, Managing Director - MetLife Digital Accelerator
Stacy Carter
Stacy Carter
Techstars, General Counsel
James Baer
James Baer
Baer, Negrin & Troff, LLP, Managing Partner
Sameer Saproo
Sameer Saproo
Braiq, Techstars Mobility 2016

Shutting down a company sucks. What sucks more? Fear of the unknown. The most common outcome for a startup is the shutdown or wind down. Yet it's rarely talked about. Learn lessons from the founder, investor, and legal point of view. 

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What Life is Like 5 Years After My Techstars Program
Natty Zola
Natty Zola
Techstars, Matchstick Ventures, Managing Director, Partner
John Guydon
John Guydon
Lassy Project, CEO
John Paasonen
John Paasonen
Maxwell, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Boulder 2016
Devon Tivona
Devon Tivona
Pana, CEO and Co-founder
Jackie Ros Amable
Jackie Ros Amable
Techstars Alumni Boulder 2015
Todd Saunders
Todd Saunders
Broadlume, CEO - Techstars Boulder 2015

Natty Zola will revisit founders from previous classes to discuss what life looks like for them five years after they started their Techstars journey.

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Female Founder Networking Session
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Hilla Ovil-Brenner
Techstars, Managing Director - Tel Aviv

Join us for a special edition networking session with women around the Techstars network! Grab a drink and connect with other founders. Hosted by our amazing Hilla Ovil-Brenner, Managing Director at Techstars Tel Aviv.

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Icebreaker Networking - Hosted by Ramzy Ismail
Ramzy Ismail
Ramzy Ismail
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Europe, Middle East and Africa

Grab a coffee or drink of choice and join us for some fun catching up with the one and only Ramzy Ismail and the Techstars network! We'll be using Icebreaker, where you can meet other founders directly and share conversation topics.

When you're ready, join us here: https://icebreaker.video/events/kGKwn3deAidaC1ElilZy

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Keynote: Fireside Chat with Katica Roy of Pipeline Equity
Katica Roy
Katica Roy
Pipeline Equity, CEO - Techstars Impact 2018

Katica Roy is a gender economist and the CEO and founder of Denver-based Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Pipeline launched the first gender equity app on Salesforce's AppExchange.  The Pipeline platform was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 and Fast Company’s 2020 World’s Most Innovative Companies

In 2017 Katica was named a Luminary by the Colorado Technology, in 2018 a Colorado Governors' Fellow, in 2019 a Top 25 Most Powerful Woman in Business and a Stevie Entrepreneur of the Year, Gold Award and in 2020, the Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year. She is also an industry entrepreneur, thought-leader, and frequent editorial contributor and speaker.  Katica’s articles have been published by World Economic Forum, NBC, Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, The Hill, The Advocate, Salesforce, and Morning Consult.  In 2019, her articles garnered over 1B impressions.

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CTO Discussion: Building & Leading Technical Teams
Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Americas
Sara Chipps
Sara Chipps
Jewelbots, Co-founder
Brent Chow
Brent Chow
Svrf, Technical Co-founder and CPO - Techstars NYC 2017
Erica Windisch
Erica Windisch
New Relic, Principal Engineer
Shon Urbas
Shon Urbas
Pandium, Founder and CTO - Techstars NYC 2018
Cavan Klinsky
Cavan Klinsky
Healthie, Co-Founder/CTO - Techstars NYC 2016
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How To Navigate Your Board Like A Boss
Nicole Glaros
Nicole Glaros
Techstars, Chief Investment Strategy Officer
Tim Miller
Tim Miller
Rally Software, CEO and Founder
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How to Get Started: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace
Andrea Perdomo
Andrea Perdomo
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Sage Franch
Sage Franch
Crescendo, CEO & Co-founder - Techstars Montreal AI 2018
Dr. Akilah Cadet
Dr. Akilah Cadet
Change Cadet, Founder + CEO + Executive Coach
Melinda Briana Epler
Melinda Briana Epler
Change Catalyst, Founder & CEO
Mohammed Asaduallah
Mohammed Asaduallah
Benji, Co-founder & CEO

Join us for an amazing panel where we will be discussing how you as an entrepreneur and leader can start your journey to implementing values and foundation that create a just, equitable and inclusive workplace. Diversity, equity and inclusion is not just the smart thing to do, it is also the right thing to do.

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Impact Founders - Discussion on Sharing Your Mission and Purpose
Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Americas
Claire Coder
Claire Coder
Aunt Flow, Founder & CEO - Techstars NYC 2018
Felicia Jackson
Felicia Jackson
CPRWrap, CEO/Founder - Techstars Austin 2019
Achal Patel
Achal Patel
Cabinet Health, Co-founder & CEO - Techstars Anywhere 2020
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Icebreaker Networking - Hosted by Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Gregg Cochran
Techstars, Network Catalyst - Americas

Grab a drink of choice and join us for some fun catching up with everyone's favorite network star, Gregg Cochran, and the Techstars network! We'll be using Icebreaker, where you can meet other founders directly and share conversation topics.

When you're ready, join us here: https://icebreaker.video/events/qr5fgQi6EpRkDOsQIymw