Techstars Foundercon 2020 Techstars Foundercon 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

- MDT
- MDT
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.

- MDT
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
- MDT
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.

- MDT
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!

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- MDT
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.

- MDT
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

Thursday, July 30, 2020

- MDT
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.

- MDT
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.

- MDT
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.

- MDT
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. 

- MDT
Icebreaker Networking - Hosted by Ramzy Ismail
Join on Icebreaker
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