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How to choose a deep tech startup program | TechCrunch


Plenty of founders have a difficult decision to make early in their journey: where to set up shop.

For deep tech founders, the decision is complicated by the fact that they typically need more from their space. Some might need lab benches, others might require massive amounts of electricity, and still others might need room for large equipment. It’s not as easy as signing up for a desk at a nearby co-working space.

In the past, deep tech founders often had to go it alone; there wasn’t much in the way of assistance as they migrated out of their academic labs and into the startup world. Today, though, there are a wealth of options, including The Engine Accelerator, SOSV’s Hax and IndieBio programs, and the Regional Innovation Engines that were recently announced by the National Science Foundation.

Founders no longer have to do it all themselves. Rather, the challenge is figuring out which startup program will be the best fit.

Emily Knight, president of The Engine Accelerator, spoke at TechCrunch Early Stage in Boston about how founders should evaluate their options.

The first thing they should look for is an organization that has “patient resources and patient capital,” she said. Given that deep tech tends to take a long time to de-risk and bring to market, the timelines tend to be longer.

After that, “early startups needed to ask the question, if the technology works, and let’s assume it does, what else do we have to think about?” Knight said. “You need to make a short list of the priorities of what you need today.”

That list will include funding, but also equipment to develop the technology and expertise to help solve problems and navigate regulatory landscapes.

Once founders have compiled a list, then they can start evaluating startup programs. “Which of these accelerators or programs or fellowships or co-working spaces — whatever they are — have the resources you need?” Knight said.

At The Engine, Knight said they’re focused on not just providing space and equipment, but also support for founders who are often on a long journey. “We’re creating a community for the founders, for people who are doing something that may feel very lonely, that is typically first of a kind. They probably don’t have a lot of peers.”


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Learn how to master cap table management with Fidelity Private Shares | TechCrunch


Are you gearing up to secure funding for your startup or maybe you’ve raised a little bit already? If so, ensuring your cap table and data room are pristine could be the difference between a smooth, swift raise and a drawn-out, costly process. At TechCrunch Early Stage 2024, join Fidelity Private Shares’ session, “Preparing to Raise: Cap Table Best Practices to Help You Close Fast” to gain invaluable insights from industry experts. This session promises to equip founders with the essential knowledge needed to navigate the fundraising landscape efficiently.

Attendees of this session will walk away with actionable guidance from three experts representing the legal, investor, and founder perspectives. Whether you’re a first-time founder or a seasoned entrepreneur, mastering cap table management is essential for a successful fundraising journey. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best and streamline your path to funding success at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024.

Meet the speakers

Kristen Craft, vice president and business partner manager at Fidelity Private Shares, brings a wealth of experience from both sides of the startup equation. With her background as a founder and startup operator, Kristen understands the challenges firsthand. At Fidelity, she spearheads initiatives to support founders and investors with equity management tools, fundraising strategy, and go-to-market best practices.

Laura Stoffel, partner at Gunderson Dettmer, adds legal expertise to the discussion. As a seasoned attorney specializing in the innovation economy, Laura guides entrepreneurs through the complexities of forming and structuring businesses, securing financing, and executing M&A transactions. Her deep understanding of governance and venture financing matters makes her an invaluable resource for startups at every stage of growth.

Melissa Withers, founder and managing partner of RevUp Capital, rounds out the panel with her unique perspective on early-stage investing. A trailblazer in the field, Melissa pioneered revenue-based funding with RevUp, offering startups an alternative to traditional equity models. With a commitment to supporting diverse founders and fostering innovation, Melissa’s approach to investing is reshaping the landscape of startup finance.

What are you waiting for? Book your passes now before prices go up at the door.


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Tomorrow, TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 takes over Boston | TechCrunch


Tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for! TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 kicks off in Boston, and we can’t wait to see you there!

We’re expecting 1,000+ attendees for a full day of all things early-stage startups.

As you gear up for an immersive dive into the world of startup success, here’s a quick reminder of what’s in store:

Speaker highlights

  • Edith Yeung, General Partner, Race Capital
  • Emily Knight, President, The Engine Accelerator
  • James Currier, General Partner, NFX
  • Jess Lee, Partner, Sequoia
  • Rudina Seseri, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
  • Sara Choi, Partner, Wing Venture Capital
  • Tom Blomfield, Group Partner, Y Combinator

Partner sessions to supercharge your startup journey

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Connect effortlessly through 1-to-1 and small-group Braindate networking. No more guesswork or spam — just meaningful connections!

Don’t miss side events

Hurry! Prices go up at the door, so secure your spot now for an unforgettable journey into the world of startups and innovation!

See you bright and early tomorrow at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024! Let’s make magic happen.


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The complete TC Early Stage 2024 agenda is here! | TechCrunch


We’re excited to reveal the complete agenda, packed with keynote stage speakers and interactive roundtable sessions. From fundraising insights to growth strategies, join us as we navigate the startup landscape together at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 on April 25 in Boston.

Don’t miss out — secure your spot now for an unforgettable experience of learning, connection, and inspiration. Prices go up at the door!

The Agenda

Women in Tech Sunrise Breakfast: How AI Is Impacting Founders

  • Lily Lyman, Partner, Underscore VC
  • Rudina Seseri, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
  • Milo Werner, General Partner, Engine Ventures

Selecting the Right Accelerator or Incubator

  • Emily Knight, President, The Engine Accelerator

The Ins and Outs of Seed Funding — Roundtable

Sponsored by: Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Spencer Ricks, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Naomi Smith, Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Dan Hoffman, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Stephen Ranere, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Adapt & Thrive: Mastering the Chameleon Mindset — Roundtable

Sponsored by: Prepare 4 VC

  • Christopher Dube, Chief Innovation Officer, Prepare 4 VC
  • Jason Kraus, CEO, Prepare 4 VC

Preparing to Raise: Cap Table Best Practices to Help You Close Fast

Sponsored by Fidelity Private Shares

  • Kristen Craft, Vice President and Business Partner Manager, Fidelity Private Shares
  • Laura Stoffel, Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
  • Melissa Withers, Founder and Managing Partner, RevUp Capital

Exiting via M&A: What Acquirers Are Looking for and How You Can Prepare for a Successful Acquisition — Roundtable

  • Dana Louie, Senior Manager, Corporate Development, HubSpot

Grabbing Investors’ Attention in a Competitive Market: Tips for Early-Stage Startups — Roundtable

  • Sergey Gribov, Partner, Flint Capital

From Inception to Cash: How I Wandered into an Idea and Jump-Started a Company

Sponsored by HomeHQ.ai

  • Oliver Palnau, Co-founder & CEO, HomeHQ.ai
  • Vinny Romano, Co-founder and COO, HomeHQ.ai

Archetypes for Product-Market Fit

  • Jess Lee, Partner, Sequoia

PR 101 for Founders: Branding Strategies to Win Over Investors, Customers and Partners — Roundtable

  • Edith Yeung, General Partner, Race Capital

Never Raise VC Money (and How to Keep More of Your company if You Do) — Roundtable

  • Jake Cohen, Partner, Vinyl Capital

How to Build an MVP and Navigate the Startup-Industrial Complex

  • James Currier, General Partner, NFX

Building the Investor Relationships You Need — Before You Need Them and in the Right Way

  • Lily Lyman, Partner, Underscore VC

Product Myth Buster: The (Actual) Right Time to Hire a Product Leader as an Early-Stage Company — Roundtable

  • Rachel Weston Rowell, SVP, Onsite Product & Tech Center of Excellence, Insight Partners

Scaling Through Chaos: The Art & Science of GTM

  • Paris Heymann, Partner, Index Ventures

How to Raise Money and Come Out Alive

  • Tom Blomfield, Group Partner, Y Combinator

Getting to Series A: Common Pitfalls to Avoid as a Founder

  • Alex Kayyal, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Hard Tech for Early-Stage Founders: HAX Invests in Startups Solving the Hardest Problems in Climate, Industrial Independence, and Healthcare

Sponsored by HAX

  • Susan Schofer, SOSV Partner and HAX Chief Science Officer, HAX
  • Sabriya Stukes, SOSV Partner and IndieBio Chief Science Officer, SOSV
  • Duncan Turner, SOSV General Partner and Managing Director of HAX

How to Intelligently Calculate Your TAM and Wow Investors

  • Tobi Coker, Deal Partner, Felicis
  • Julia Neagu, Co-founder and CEO, Quotient AI
  • Nabiha Saklayen, Co-founder and CEO, Cellino

How to Evolve Your Tech and Staff Strategies for Future Rounds

Sponsored by Sand Technologies

  • Brad Stanton, Managing Director, Sand Technologies

Early-Stage Fundraising: Convertible Notes, SAFE and Series Seed Financing

  • Rebecca Lee Whiting, Founder and Fractional General Counsel, Epigram Legal P.C.

The VC Pitch Blueprint: Strategies for Success

  • Sara Choi, Partner, Wing Venture Capital

Racing the Clock to $1M In ARR: Best Practices for Learning Fast from Launch Partners

  • Rudina Seseri, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures

Finance Fundamentals Before Your First Finance Hire: A Founder’s Guide to Navigating Early Financial Decisions

  • Dan Kang, VP of Finance, Mercury

So You Think You Can Pitch?

  • Paris Heymann, Partner, Index Ventures
  • Rachel Weston Rowell, SVP, Onsite Product and Tech Center of Excellence, Insight Partners
  • Edith Yeung, General Partner, Race Capital


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Harvard's startup whisperer, Peter Gladstone, reveals secrets to validating consumer demand at TechCrunch Early Stage | TechCrunch


Validating consumer demand is a crucial step for any startup, and TechCrunch Early Stage is offering a golden opportunity to learn how to do it right. Peter Gladstone, senior adviser for startups at Harvard Innovation Labs, is set to lead an engaging roundtable titled “Validating Consumer Demand: How to Make the Most of Your Expertise.” With decades of experience as an entrepreneur, marketer, and investor, Gladstone brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Having served as the former head of innovation for Boston Beer Company and Gillette, he’s well-versed in navigating the complexities of bringing products to market.

In this workshop, Gladstone will guide founders on how to leverage their expertise to understand and solve consumer problems effectively. With hands-on advice and practical strategies, attendees can expect to gain insights into testing solutions, refining product development processes, and ultimately validating consumer demand. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to fine-tune your approach, this session promises to offer invaluable guidance for founders at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.

Peter Gladstone’s extensive background includes founding successful ventures such as Mass Hole Donuts and BladeLife, as well as serving as a senior adviser for numerous Boston-based startups. At the Harvard Innovation Labs, he leads programming and mentoring for student-led ventures, helping them navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship. With a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Gladstone’s expertise is grounded in both academic rigor and real-world experience.

For founders eager to validate their ideas and drive meaningful consumer engagement, this workshop is a must-attend event at TechCrunch Early Stage. By learning from Peter Gladstone’s insights and experiences, you’ll be equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to make the most of your expertise and build products that resonate with your target audience. Secure your spot today and take the first step toward turning your startup vision into a thriving reality.


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HomeHQ.ai founders illuminate the path from idea to success at TC Early Stage 2024 | TechCrunch


Anticipation is building for TechCrunch Early Stage 2024, where industry leaders and budding entrepreneurs alike are eagerly awaiting a bevy of startup-focused sessions.

We’re excited to highlight HomeHQ.ai‘s partner session, “From Inception to Cash: How I Wandered into an Idea and Jumpstarted a Company.” This session promises to provide invaluable insights into the entrepreneurial journey, led by Oliver Palnau, co-founder and CEO, and Vinny Romano, co-founder and COO of HomeHQ.ai.

Attendees can expect to be inspired by Oliver Palnau’s entrepreneurial journey, which began at the age of 23 with his venture into the real estate market. From flipping houses to exploring robotics, Oliver’s story is one of innovation and practicality, grounded in his desire to revolutionize industries through the application of AI. Together with Romano, whose expertise in digital media and analytics brings a data-driven approach to HomeHQ.ai, they have crafted an innovative AI tool for real estate agents.

During the session, Palnau and Romano will detail how to ignite interest from customers and investors, build a minimum viable product (MVP), raise initial capital, and assemble a winning team. Attendees will leave the session empowered and equipped with practical advice to embark on their own entrepreneurial journeys with confidence and determination.

We can’t wait for this session and all the other early stage–focused content at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024. Have you booked your ticket yet? Grab yours now before prices go up at the door.


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Check out the complete roundtable lineup at TC Early Stage 2024 | TechCrunch


Among the highlights of Early Stage are its fan-favorite roundtable sessions. These intimate gatherings, guided by experts, delve into targeted subjects crafted to enlighten, invigorate, and enhance your entrepreneurial endeavors. Moreover, they serve as prime opportunities to forge connections with like-minded individuals. Networking, anyone?

Take a look at the complete roundtable roster for this year’s event featuring top VCs and founder leaders.

The Ins and Outs of Seed Funding

Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP
with Spencer Ricks, partner, and Naomi Smith, associate, Latham & Watkins LLP

Adapt & Thrive: Mastering the Chameleon Mindset

Sponsored by Prepare 4 VC
with Christopher Dube, chief innovation officer, and Jason Kraus, CEO, Prepare 4 VC

Exiting via M&A: What Acquirers Are Looking For and How You Can Prepare for a Successful Acquisition

with Dana Louie, senior manager, corporate development, HubSpot

Grabbing Investors’ Attention in a Competitive Market: Tips for Early-Stage Startups

with Sergey Gribov, partner, Flint Capital

Never Raise VC Money (and How to Keep More of Your Company if You Do)

with Jake Cohen, partner at Vinyl Capital

PR 101 for Founders: Branding Strategies to Win Over Investors, Customers and Partners

with Edith Yeung, general partner, Race Capital

Product Myth Buster: The (Actual) Right Time to Hire a Product Leader as an Early-Stage Company

with Rachel Weston Rowell, SVP, Onsite Product & Tech Center of Excellence, Insight Partners

For the complete agenda, head on over here. And don’t forget to buy your tickets now before prices go up at the door.


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The Complete Side Events Lineup At TC Early Stage 2024 | TechCrunch


Get ready to amplify your Early Stage 2024 experience with the electrifying lineup of Side Events taking Boston by storm during the week of April 22–28.

As the countdown to TechCrunch Early Stage begins, we’re thrilled to share our Side Events lineup to foster meaningful connections within the vibrant Boston tech community. Whether you’re a seasoned industry pro or a budding entrepreneur, our Side Events promise an unforgettable week filled with networking opportunities, innovation showcases, and engaging conversations. So mark your calendars, secure your spot, and dive into the excitement of Early Stage Week like never before!

Quick Side Event Disclaimers:

  • Registering/RSVPing to a Side Event does not grant you access/ticket/badge to the main Early Stage 2024 conference on April 25.
  • Each event is organized and operated solely by a host (i.e., not Yahoo Inc. or any of its affiliates or brands, including TechCrunch).
  • Attendance is 18+ minimum and some venues are 21+ only.
  • Side Events are open to the public unless specified.
  • Please register/RSVP for any of the Side Events you want to attend.

Early Stage 2024 Side Events schedule

How to Pitch Your Startup 101 with Edith Yeung at Race Capital

Hosted By: Race Capital
Time: April 24, 1030am to 12pm
Description: There is “no love at first sight” in startup pitching. An investor will not, cannot, and would never invest in you the first time they meet you.

​At this talk, Edith Yeung covers:

  • ​What do investors want?
  • ​What do founders want from your 1st pitch meeting?
  • ​What should a founder say and do in the first pitch?
  • ​What should a founder NOT to say or do in the first pitch?
  • ​What should a founder ask a potential investor?
  • ​What should a founder do to follow up?

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TechCrunch Early Stage Happy Hour

Hosted By: Descope
Time: April 25, 6pm to 9pm
Description: Join us for an after-hours TechCrunch Early Stage Founders Happy Hour. Let’s raise a glass to innovation and disrupt together!

   Register

Smart Contract Driven Development

Hosted By: Rezoomex
Time: April 26, 9am to 1pm
Description: Join our invaluable 4-hour workshop aimed at early-stage startups looking to quickly develop end-user-ready products. Founders will learn how to build smart contracts for effective team engagement, guaranteeing fairness and integrity. Non-technical? No problem—our AI tools will transform your ideas into reality. We’re offering a 20% discount on all smart contracts and a lucky draw for $10,000 in free development time! The event concludes with an opportunity for networking over beer and lunch.

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Techstars Startup Weekend Boston

Hosted By: Prepare 4 VC
Time: April 26, Starts at 5pm and runs through weekend
Description: Gain valuable insights on transforming your concept from an initial sketch to a fully-fledged startup. From pitching your idea, scrutinizing business models, identifying your target audience, to marketing your product – we cover it all! By the culmination of the 3-day event, you’ll craft an MVP and showcase it. Use the promo code “TCEARLYSTAGE” for 15% off your ticket!

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Super Founders and Funders in AI Panel & Mixer Featuring Venture-backed Founders and VCs

Hosted By: Supermomos and HBS AI Club
Time: April 22, 6pm to 8pm
Description: Join us for an intimate evening over a Founders and Funders in AI Panel & Mixer featuring venture-backed Founders and VCs, in honor of TechCrunch week! We will feature venture-backed founders and VCs in the panel. There will be time for networking and mingling, with drinks and food on the house. This event is catered to founders, VCs, and operators building full-time in the AI ML space, and also a select group of students from the HBS AI Club.

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Built World Startup Happy Hour

Hosted By: Suffolk Technologies and TriNet
Time: April 23, 430pm to 630pm
Description: Calling all innovators shaping the built environment! Find the next step for your entrepreneurial journey with Suffolk Technologies + TriNet at our exclusive rooftop happy hour! Learn more about Suffolk Technologies’ BOOST Accelerator Program and TriNet’s HR solutions for startups. Network amidst breathtaking views of the Boston skyline, including iconic landmarks crafted by Suffolk such as Raffles, One Dalton, and the BU Data Science Center. Enjoy refreshing beverages, appetizers, and ignite connections that could redefine the future of the built environment.

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Founders History Tour w/SVB!

Hosted By: Silicon Valley Bank
Time: April 24, 1pm to 3pm
Description: Join SVB on an interactive and non-traditional deep-dive into Boston (and America’s) rich history; founded on innovation, grit, resilience, and freewill. Hosted by SVB Boston’s Director of Startup Banking (who also happens to be a Revolutionary War re-enactor), this tour will begin with a cup’a choudah at the nation’s oldest restaurant and continue through downtown to most of the historic spots; ending at the only place in the world where you can drink a Sam Adams while looking at Sam Adams. So enjoy our historic city before TechCrunch Early Stage and join fellow founders following in the footsteps of our nation’s early founders.

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Early Stage Round Table

Hosted By: 9point8 Collective and Orrick
Time: April 24, 4pm to 630pm
Description: Join 9point8 Collective and Orrick for a round table focused on accelerating your early-stage start-up. Attendees will hear from serial entrepreneurs and investors covering various aspects of start-up success including going to market, cap table management, growth and scaling, and managing exits. The round table will be collaborative with audience Q&A and group participation along with the main panel.

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Startup Launchcode Founder Workshop

Hosted By: Startup Launchcode
Time: April 24, 5pm to 630pm
Description: Startup Launchcode Founder Workshop is an interactive session designed to equip early-stage founders with the strategy, tools, and framework to build a great startup.

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BYOPD (Bring Your Own Pitch Deck): Analyze your current pitch deck against successful decks

Hosted By: Dropbox DocSend and Boston New Technology
Time:
April 24, 5pm to 8pm
Description:
 Pitch Practice and BYOPD (Bring Your Own Pitch Deck) Seminar: Securing early-stage funding requires a compelling pitch deck. The VC landscape is fluid and ever-changing, with investors’ priorities often shifting. Justin Izzo, lead data analyst at Dropbox DocSend, offers DO’s and DON’Ts based on DocSend’s proprietary data alongside industry experts from Boston New Technology and Prepare 4 VC. This interactive workshop will help early-stage founders succeed in the current state of fundraising. Founders can submit their own pitch decks for a chance to be reviewed in front of the audience for actionable tips. The session will end in a Q&A where other founders will have a chance to ask questions about their own pitch decks.

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Founders Happy Hour with Vouch, Remofirst, and SVB

Hosted By: VouchRemofirst, and SVB
Time: April 24, 6pm to 9pm
Description: If you’re in town for TechCrunch Early Stage or looking for a place to connect with others in the startup space, join us for a Happy Hour hosted by Vouch, Remofirst, and SVB at Black Lamb – just a 10 minute walk from the conference center! RSVP today to secure your spot for this exclusive networking event. See you soon 🥂

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Disrupt Your Chaotic Startup Life with Productivity Innovation – Networking Reception

Hosted By: SiloClick LLC
Time: April 24, 630pm to 830pm
Description: Join SiloClick for a private Networking Reception on Wednesday, April 24. This event is not just a warm-up for the TechCrunch Early-Stage Conference but a transformative opportunity to navigate your startup journey more effectively. Enjoy food, beverages, and engaging conversations within your startup founder community. We welcome startup founders seeking innovative solutions to maintain wellness while achieving the optimal point of productivity for those crucial momentum moments throughout your startup journey. Investors interested in the future-of-work & productivity space and industry peers aiming to enhance both productivity and wellness in the workplace are also warmly invited!

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Startup Happy Hour with Onshape

Hosted By: Onshape (PTC Inc.)
Time: April 24, 630pm to 9pm
Description: Join us the week of TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 at PTC’s headquarters for an exciting happy hour for founders! Immerse yourself in Boston’s dynamic startup community and connect with local hardware experts and innovative product designers. This event is curated for professionals seeking to broaden their network, as well as venture firms and accelerator spaces exploring collaboration opportunities. Join us for an evening dedicated to insightful conversations, new ideas, and fostering a creative community.

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Accessibility Tech and Innovation

Hosted By: Verizon
Time: April 25, 5pm to 7pm
Description: At Verizon, we are striving to move our world forward through diversity, equity and inclusion. On April 25th at our Boston Innovation Lab, we are inviting and would like to hear from people who are interested in emerging technologies that can help our mission. We will have our Head of Accessibility and several startups present their ideas and would love to hear your thoughts. Together, we can do more – we can unlock opportunities for all!

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Women Tech Meetup: Fundraising & Growth Powered by Techstars

Hosted By: Women in Tech – Global Movement
Time:
April 25, 530pm to 8pm
Description: Join our Women Tech Meetup—an incredible gathering of women in technology, female founders, entrepreneurs, community builders, and other professionals! Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks, engaging conversations, networking, and a beautiful venue. Additionally, we will host a panel discussion on fundraising, venture capital, and the challenges that founders face on their journey to building successful companies, along with strategies to overcome them.

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Early Stage Deep Tech Happy Hour

Hosted By: AlleyCorp
Time: April 25, 530pm to 830pm
Description: Join AlleyCorp, Anzu Partners, Argon VC, Aurelia Foundry, Converge Ventures, Cybernetix Ventures, First Star Ventures, Glasswing Ventures, Hyperplane Ventures, and SkyRiver Ventures after TechCrunch Early Stage, for a happy hour with deep tech founders, operators, and investors. Special thanks to J.P. Morgan. The party will start at 5:30pm, immediately following TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 on April 25th. This event is 21+.

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Is it SAFE?

Hosted By: Corpora
Time: April 26, 10am to 1130am
Description: Safes are the most popular early-stage financing tool today. They’re so easy to use, so they seem like a no-brainer for founders. But… are they as founder-friendly as you would think? Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and let’s talk about some of the lesser-known dangers of safes, which often become apparent to founders only when it’s too late.

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Getting Ready for Due Diligence from Angel Groups and Seed Investors

Hosted By: Launchpad Venture Group
Time: April 26,1pm to 3pm
Description: This is an in-depth workshop for founders to learn when raising money from angel groups and other seed investors:

– What does the diligence involve
– Areas of the diligence and what investors look for in each case
– How to prepare and what documents and artifacts you need to have ready in each area

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Women in Business

Hosted By: At the Table and Northeastern University
Time: April 26, 6pm to 9pm
Description: Get ready for an extraordinary evening at Northeastern University with our “Women in Business” Networking Event, a cornerstone of our partnership with AtTheTable.io. This isn’t just an event; it’s a celebration of female entrepreneurship, designed to inspire, connect, and energize.

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Mastering finance essentials with Mercury's VP of finance, Dan Kang, at TechCrunch Early Stage | TechCrunch


TechCrunch Early Stage is gearing up for another insightful event on April 25, and one roundtable session promises to be particularly illuminating for early-stage founders. Titled “Finance Fundamentals Before Your First Finance Hire: A Founder’s Guide to Navigating Early Financial Decisions,” this roundtable will offer invaluable insights into navigating the financial complexities that often accompany the early stages of startup ventures.

Led by Dan Kang, the vice president of finance at Mercury, this roundtable aims to demystify the core aspects of early-stage financial management. With years of experience in building and scaling fintech companies, Kang brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. From optimizing cash flow to making strategic hires and investments, attendees can expect practical advice on establishing a solid financial foundation for their ventures.

Kang’s expertise extends beyond his role at Mercury, having previously contributed to the growth of companies like Digit and Square. His diverse background, which includes experience in investment banking and private equity, uniquely positions him to address the multifaceted challenges that founders may encounter on their financial journey.

For founders looking to gain confidence in their financial decision-making and set the stage for successful scaling, this roundtable is not to be missed. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or embarking on your first startup venture, “Finance Fundamentals Before Your First Finance Hire” offers actionable insights that can empower you to navigate the financial landscape with clarity and purpose.

Secure your spot at TechCrunch Early Stage today to take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to learn from industry experts like Dan Kang. With the right knowledge and guidance, you can pave the way for financial success and steer your startup toward sustainable growth.


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Meet the powerhouse pitch judges at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 | TechCrunch


Get ready for an electrifying showdown as the “So You Think You Can Pitch” startup pitch competition at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 is set to be judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts. We’ve already announced the startup finalists, and now you can meet our expert judges!

Leading the charge is Edith Yeung, general partner at Race Capital, whose keen eye for promising startups has earned her acclaim as one of the most influential voices in venture capital. With an impressive track record that includes investments in Solana, Lightning Network, and Placer.ai, Edith brings a wealth of experience and insights to the judging table.

Joining her is Paris Heymann, partner at Index Ventures, whose deep understanding of software, data, and AI companies has positioned him as a sought-after adviser in the tech ecosystem. With a background that spans prestigious firms like Bain Capital and Arena Holdings, Paris brings a strategic perspective honed by years of hands-on investment experience.

Rounding out the panel is Rachel Weston Rowell, senior vice president at Insight Partners, whose expertise in organizational discipline and scaling strategies promises invaluable feedback for competing founders. With a passion for guiding startups toward sustainable growth, Rachel has insights that will be instrumental in helping founders refine their pitches and navigate the road ahead.

With judges of this caliber, the startup pitch competition at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 is sure to be a thrilling showcase of innovation and entrepreneurial talent. Make sure you’re there! Buy your ticket now, before prices go up at the door.


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