Student-led accelerator Envision is shaking up which startups get funded
- Envision will provide an eight-week curriculum and around $10,000 in equity-free capital to companies taking part (the group is still closing on part of the capital it needs, but appears to be making quick progress based on numbers shared with TechCrunch).
- Envision, run by 11 college students and recent graduates, quickly picked up enough startup veterans to run its program (names like Ryan Hoover and Alexia Tsotsis), and seemingly ample corporate support.
- For Strauss, Berger and the rest of the Envision team the pressure is now on to select intelligently from their 190 applications, and provide maximum boost to their first cohort.
- If a dozen college students and recent grads can spin up an accelerator in a few weeks, get nearly 200 applications, and select a diverse cohort to support, then what’s everyone else’s excuse.
Hear Charles Hudson explain how to sell an idea (without a product) at Early Stage
- Startups often dance between selling dreams and building products, and we’ve enlisted the help of noted investor Charles Hudson to help founders sell an idea before they’ve built a product.
- The two-day event runs July 21 and 22 and will feature sessions targeting all aspects of building a startup.
- Hudson has seen a lot of startups over his career as an investor and knows what it takes to sell an idea when there isn’t yet a product.
- Hudson will help show founders how to get an investor to buy into the concept before the product is built.
- TC Early Stage takes place over two days in July and features 50+ experts across startup core competencies, such as fundraising, operations, and marketing.
- The virtual event features some of the best operators, investors, and founders in the startup world.
Startups Weekly: US visa freeze is latest reason to build remote-first
- High-skill immigration visas have been suspended until the end of the year by the Trump administration, precluding thousands of present and future startup employees and founders from coming to the US and building companies here.
- Now that we’ve learned high productivity is indeed possible remotely, we expect to see companies maintain some element of a remote workforce within their broad hiring plans.
- His firm, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, has instead been focused in recent years on funding founders who are creating a product that is valued by customers and generates sustainable cash flow, on terms that incentivize organic growth.
- Well, the TechCrunch community came through, since in just a few days, we’ve already received more than 500 proposals from founders recommending VCs who wrote their first checks and who have been particularly helpful in fundraising and getting a round closed.
Only 12 hours left to apply for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2020
- A mere 12 hours stands between you and a chance to compete in Startup Battlefield and launch your pre-Series A startup during Disrupt 2020 — in front of the world’s influential technorati.
- This year’s legendary pitch competition is virtual, but the benefits and opportunity that comes from competing are very real and often life changing — for all participants not just the ultimate winner.
- But it’s the huge exposure — on a global scale — to media, investors, potential customers and big tech players looking to acquire promising startups, that can take Battlefield competitors on a whole new trajectory.
- Then it’s time for the big reveal: one startup takes the title, the Disrupt cup and the $100,000.
- You’ll network with CrunchMatch, our AI-powered platform, to set up virtual 1:1 meetings with investors, media, potential customers and the throngs of folks eager to meet a Battlefield competitor.