In a mere 72 hours, early bird pricing disappears for TechCrunch Early Stage 2021, our two-part, founder bootcamp series focused on the building blocks you need to grow your company. The first event, TC Early Stage Operations & Fundraising, happens on April 1-2 — that’s two program packed days of education, connection and opportunity.
The second event, TC Early Stage – Marketing & Fundraising, takes place July 8-9. Pro Tip: each bootcamp stands alone and features different topics, content and speakers. Attend one or both events — it’s up to you. But know this: you’ll save more and learn twice as much when you score a dual-event pass at the early bird price. Beat the deadline, buy your passes before Feb 27 at 11:59 p.m. (PT) and save up to $ 100.
TC Early Stage is all about helping new startup founders (pre-seed through Series A) learn the essential skills required to build a successful startup. No need to reinvent the wheel — you’ll have access to the leading experts across the range of specialties. Much like an accelerator (compacted into two days), you’ll learn about legal issues, fundraising, marketing, growth, product-market fit, tech stack, pitch decks and recruiting. We’re talking highly engaging workshops with interactive Q&As.
On day one you’ll hear from experts like Eghosa Omoigui, the founder and managing general partner of EchoVC Partners, a seed and early-stage technology venture capital firm serving underrepresented founders and underserved markets. He’ll discuss ways to keep your eyes on the big picture and avoid the blind spots that lead to fragmentation and oversights.
Day two features the TC Early Stage Pitch Off! Out of the hundreds of applications we received, we selected 10 founders to pitch on stage for five minutes to a panel of prominent VC judges — followed by a five-minute Q&A. Three founders will move into the finals and pitch to a new panel of judges and endure a more in-depth Q&A. The winner receives a feature article on TechCrunch.com, a free, one-year subscription to ExtraCrunch and a free Founder Pass to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021.
Wondering whether it’s worth your time and money?
“You learn from industry leaders and seasoned founders — people who’ve already been there and done that. They were genuine and honest about industry expectations. Plus, they shared first-hand accounts, which made them more relatable.” — Chloe Leaaetoa, founder of Socicraft
Don’t reinvent the wheel. Go to TechCrunch Early Stage 2021 (in April and July), learn how-to from the best, connect with other early-stage founders and build a stronger startup. The early bird price disappears in three days on Friday, Feb 27 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Buy your pass today and save up to $ 100.
Just because there are no short cuts to startup success doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. At TechCrunch Early Stage 2021, a virtual bootcamp experience in two distinct parts, you’ll learn from leading experts across the startup spectrum — including prominent founders ready to share their personal experiences and hard-won advice to help you avoid costly missteps.
Early-bird pricing for passes to Early Stage part one (April 1-2) — or dual-event passes (Early Stage part 2 takes place July 8-9) — remains in effect for just one more week. Be a savvy shopper — save up to $ 250 — beat the deadline and buy your Early Stage passes by Feb 27 at 11:59 p.m. (PT).
While both Early Stage bootcamps focus on startups in the very early innings, each event will feature different topics, content and experts. You’ll learn or strengthen the core entrepreneurial skillsets every startup founder needs to master — legal issues, fundraising, marketing, growth, product-market fit, tech stack, recruiting, pitch deck teardowns and more.
What’s more, you’ll learn from the best of the best. Here are just two of the featured speakers ready to download serious knowledge in April. We’ll be adding even more (and posting the agenda) in the weeks to come.
Melissa L. Bradley: Co-founder of venture backed Ureeka (a community where small businesses gain unprecedented access to the expertise needed to grow their business), Melissa is also founder and Managing Partner of 1863 Ventures. A professor at Georgetown University, she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation.
Neal Sáles-Griffin: Managing Director of Techstars Chicago and a Venture Partner for MATH, Neal is an entrepreneur, investor and teacher. In 2011, he co-founded the first beginner-focused, in person coding bootcamp. He is active in non-profit and civic engagement across Chicago and in 2018 he ran for mayor. Neal has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where he is an Adjunct Professor teaching entrepreneurship.
We love highlighting the best startups, and we’re devoting day two to that noble cause in the form of an Early Stage Pitch-Off! We’re looking for 10 founders who will pitch live on stage for five minutes followed by a five-minute Q&A with a panel of prominent VC judges. The top three founders pitch yet again to a new set of judges — and engage in a more intensive Q&A. Talk about awesome exposure!
Don’t grind your gears reinventing the wheel. Join us at TechCrunch Early Stage 2021 on April 1-2. You have just one week left to score the best possible price. Buy your early bird pass before the deal ends on Feb 27 at 11:59 p.m. (PT).
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Looking for some advice regarding raising seed (or pre-seed) from VCs. Below are the major three (3) questions I have regarding the process. Could veterans shine some light, would really appreciate it!
- When to raise?
- How to raise? (best practices & tips)
- Why raise?
Feel free to talk about your own experience in detail (if you wish).