Startup Next Austin

    Wednesday, June 8 - July 27, 2016


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Austin

Wednesday, June 8 - July 27, 2016



Wednesday, June 8 - July 27, 2016
Program starts at 6:00 pm

Techstars Austin 412 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78758


Applications have closed

Startup Next, a Techstars program, is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world.

Startup Next prepares startups for accelerators and seed investment, by providing high quality mentorship and leveraging a global network of investors, mentors and founders. 

The program is designed in such a way that founders are able to continue building their product, since it's a part time program, that consists of 3-hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks. The program is free of charge and no equity is taken.

Even though Startup Next is part of Techstars, it’s not exclusively preparing startups for Techstars accelerator programs.  Over time we have built a strong network of accelerators and investors worldwide and work closely with them to refer our accelerator/investor-ready alumni. 

Startup Next has helped more than 50 startups get into top accelerators and raise more than $40 million dollars in funding. See our success stories and case studies.

Check out the program overview to learn more, and read FAQs to understand whether Startup Next is a good fit for your startup. Feel free to reach out to austin@startupnext.co with other questions.




Program Schedule

Wednesday June 8th


6:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


6:10 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Accelerators, followed by a Q&A session


6:55 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors


7:40 pm
Session Recap
Learnings and expectations for next session


7:55 pm
Networking

Wednesday June 15th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday June 22nd


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Pitching, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday June 29th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday July 6th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Product/Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday July 13th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Fundability, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the demo day

Wednesday July 27th


5:30 pm
Demo Day


Speakers and Mentors


Stu Smith
Creative Director at Able



Ryan Joy
Startup Evangelist @ Microsoft

Ryan Joy has been developing for web and desktop user experiences using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript frontend technologies for more than 14 years. These days he’s a Startup Evangelist @ Microsoft promoting those same technologies to other developers and startups. Ryan has worked with more than a few backend technologies and frameworks. In addition he is active in the local Austin web tech communities both as organizer (Refresh Austin and the Austin Web Design Meetup) and as frequent attendee. He's an avid photographer and a decent cook. You can usually find him in Austin, TX. You can always find him online at http://twitter.com/atxryan.


John Kestner
Co-founder of Supermechanical



Amos Schwartzfarb



Keith Casey

Keith Casey recently served as a Sr Developer Evangelist for Twilio to get good tools to good developers so they can build great things. Previously, he built large-scale PHP systems for orgs ranging from major news companies to small non-profits. In his spare time, he is a core contributor to web2project, works to build & support the Austin PHP community, co-founded the HubAustin coworking space in South Austin, blogs occasionally at CaseySoftware.com and is completely fascinated by monkeys.


Sam Kapila
Web Design Instructor, The Iron Yard

Sam is a designer, educator, and person based in Austin, TX with two cats and a lot of coffee.

Sam is a Web Design Instructor at The Iron Yard. She spends a lot of time playing with responsive web design, web typography, podcasting, and speaking.


Ashley Hathaway
Senior Developer Evangelist at Watson



David Lemphers



Joel Bush
Cofounder of Amplifier

He co-founded Amplifier and helps the Regulars.


Gregg Cochran
Director of Implementation, Techstars

Gregg leads the spin up of new accelerator programs at Techstars. 


Evan Michner
Principal Product Manager at Atlassian

Evan is a Principal Product Manager at Atlassian with experience leading product and UX for companies at various stages of growth, including early-stage startups.


Niek Smit
Product Manager at Indeed



Damon Clinkscales
Entrepreneur at Kismet Ventures



Gavin Gillas
CEO of The Magazine Channel

Gavin is the CEO of The Magazine Channel, a digital aggregator launching Inkworthy in December 2015. He works in intellectual property and has experience working with retailers, international farm operations, bio and agtech startups, and university crop and food research. Gavin has volunteered with Startup Weekend for 4 years after winning Startup Weekend Portland with his brother. 


Evan Baehr
Cofounder/President of Able Lending

Cofounder/president of Able Lending; author #1 selling Get Backed on how to pitch


Keith Casey

Keith Casey recently served as a Sr Developer Evangelist for Twilio to get good tools to good developers so they can build great things. Previously, he built large-scale PHP systems for orgs ranging from major news companies to small non-profits. In his spare time, he is a core contributor to web2project, works to build & support the Austin PHP community, co-founded the HubAustin coworking space in South Austin, blogs occasionally at CaseySoftware.com and is completely fascinated by monkeys.


Facilitating Team

  • Andy
    Keil
  • Sean
    Duffy
  • David
    Lemphers


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