Startup Next New York

    Thursday, October 16 - November 19, 2014


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

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Startup Next
New York City

Thursday, October 16 - November 19, 2014



Thursday, October 16 - November 19, 2014
Program starts at 6:00 pm

Lounge at WeWork Soho 173 Lafayette Street
NYC, NY 10013


Applications have closed

Startup Next is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world

Our program has helped graduates get accepted into Techstars, 500 Startups, Imagine K12, AlphaLab and many other top accelerators. If you are looking to apply for and get accepted into an accelerator, we can help. Startup Next will get your team focused on the progress needed to stand out from others applying through our framework of top-quality mentorship, content, and referrals to accelerators or investors.

During Startup Next, you will
:
  • Test your startup idea and team 
  • Get weekly hands-on mentorship & pitch coaching
  • Be held accountable and pushed to focus on important growth metrics
  • Grow your network of startup experts and other founders
Startup Next is an intense mentorship program consisting of 3 hour weekly (once a week) sessions for five weeks. Teams are expected to hustle outside the sessions and complete a small set of reporting deliverables each week in preparation for the mentorship.

What happens after the program finishes?
Following the program, Startup Next teams that have demonstrated their readiness and progress will have access to a number of value-added resources from the Startup Next global team.

The value-adds for alumni will be:
  • 2 day trip to Silicon Valley, that includes investor pitch events, networking events and learning sessions
  • Exposure through demo days & special events
  • Introductions & referrals to accelerators or investors partners of Startup Next
  • Continued mentorship from successful entrepreneurs or domain experts in the startup space
  • Connections to potential customers looking to work with high quality and scaling startups
What is the cost to participate if accepted?
  • This program does not take any equity
  • There is a program fee of $300 per team member. Teams will only need to make a payment only after being accepted into the program
  • The program fee helps us cover the local logistics and support of volunteer mentors & facilitators. 
What are the application requirements?
  • Well Rounded Teams
    • 2-4 founders on team  (No solo founder teams accepted)
    • Team must have a hacker/hustler combination
  • Big & Unique Idea
    • Startup must be working on a unique technology-enabled startup idea and attacking a big market
  • Progress or Current Traction
    • Evidence of execution - Some proof of an MVP needed as we want teams at more than just an idea stage
    • Problem/solution fit - Some level of previous customer validation already done and usage validation. We want teams we can help focus on getting closer to product/market fit
  • Team video
    • Video submission is a good indicator of startups looking at this as an opportunity and will be willing to invest the time needed during the program




Program Schedule

Thursday October 16th


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


6:10 pm
Icebreaker
Fun icebreaker game to get everyone to know each other!


7:00 pm
Team Pitches
Teams presenting their elevator pitch and get feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors.


7:45 pm
Guest Speaker


8:15 pm
Networking

Wednesday October 22nd


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Wednesday October 29th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Wednesday November 5th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


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


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Wednesday November 12th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


6:10 pm
Speaker Series + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Product/Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:00 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session

Wednesday November 19th


6:00 pm
Lessons Learned Scrum
All teams quickly share lessons learned during the week and ask for help


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


6:50 pm
Team Presentations
Teams practice their final pitch in prep for the Local Demo Day and get feedback from mentors


8:30 pm
Mentorship Breakouts
Time for teams to meet with their mentors


9:00 pm
Wrap-up
Wrap up, learnings and expectations for next session


Speakers and Mentors


Franck Nouyrigat
Founder of Recorp.co

Franck is Co-Founder and Partner at ReCorp, an awesome expert network of successful entrepreneurs acting as your "scale-up commando" to help corporate leaders to manage existing startup spinoffs / acquisitions or to launch new ones. With Clint Nelsen and Marc Nager, he also acquired Startup Weekend in 2009 and switched it to a non profit 501c3 with the goal of developing the largest and most vibrant entrepreneurial community in the world. 


Thor Ernstsson
Founder & CEO of AlphaUX

Thor is an all-star at UX research, prototyping, product lifecycle, product management, and biz dev.


Tim Lombardo
Product Manager at Neo



David Wechsler
CEO of Madison Plus Select



David Rich
Founder of Twig Lane Group

David is an entrepreneur and investor with extensive experience in retail activation and customer engagement. His clients over the past two decades have included such retailers as Walmart, Foot Locker, LL Bean, Coach, Kohl’s, Rite Aid, H&M and 7-11 as well as blue chip brands including Frito-Lay, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, and M&M Mars. He also invests in early stage startup companies


Keith Petri
VP Strategic Partnerships at IgnitionOne



Marcus Daniels
Co-Founder/CEO, HIGHLINE.vc

Marcus Daniels is a digital product entrepreneur, seed capital investor and innovation platform architect.


Adam Besvinick
Partner at Deep Fork Capital

Adam is a VC at Deep Fork Capital, focusing primarily on early stage investments. Prior to joining Deep Fork, I was the first business hire at Wanelo, leading partnership efforts.


Megan Hannum
BD @ FundedBuy & Consultant w/ Comcast Ventures



Ashantha Kaluarachchi
Director @ Edge EdTech in New York

Ashantha is an accelerator founder with 10+ years experience advising and building partnerships for organizations solving problems in education. Passionate about applying technology to solve challenges in education, finance, and machine intelligence.

Specialties: 
• K-20 Education + Strategic Partnerships
• Early-Stage Edtech + Emerging Market Ecosystems
• New School Models + Social Learning Platforms


Andrew Dumont
EIR at betaworks

Andrew helps early stage startups scale. Previously, he was the Director of Business Development at Moz and co-founder of Stride (acquired by KISSMetrics)


Nihal Mehta
Founding General Partner of Eniac Ventures

Nihal is currently a General Partner at Eniac Ventures and previously a co-founder of ipsh! (acquired by OMC), Buzzd, and LocalResponse


Noah Karesh
Co-Founder at Feastly



David Levy
Biz Dev at Amazon and Venture Partner at ERA Fund

David is currently doing Startup Business Development for Amazon Web Services and is also a Venture Partner for ERA Fund. David is an active angel investor and previously co-founder Philo, which was acquired by LocalResponse.


Donald DeSantis
Cofounder & Chief Product Officer of Hightower

Donald is cofounder and Chief Product Officer at Hightower, a real estate technology company backed by Bessemer Venture Partners and Thrive Capital. Prior to Hightower he cofounded LIFFFT, a boutique consultancy helping companies including Nordstrom, Microsoft, and REI create new products and foster internal innovation. He began his career in music, opening a Seattle-based recording studio where he helped Macklemore produce his early music. His past also includes stints as a bike mechanic, a pizza delivery guy, a snowboard instructor, a real estate broker, and a camp counselor. 


Peter Verrillo
CEO of Enhatch



Phoebe Espiritu
Product Designer

Phoebe is a mentor to a number of accelerators in NYC, including Techstars and Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator


John Gannon
CEO and Co-founder of HireNurture

John has been a part of 2 highly successful startups -- VMware (as their 1st East Coast technical consultant) and VMTurbo (as their first business side hire). John is currently the co-founder and CEO of HireNurture, a new SaaS startup based in New York City. In his spare time, John mentors people who want to work in the startup ecosystem (via StartupCareerAdvice.com and also at TechStars), link up startups and investors, and (hopefully!) make connections that are beneficial.


Nishika de Rosairo
CEO and Creative Director of dE ROSAIRO

Nishika is the CEO of dE ROSARIO, a contemporary womenswear luxury brand produced and branded in New York. She also sits on the advisory board of Startup Women, an initiative to help create more opportunities for female entrepreneurs. She previously held executive roles at Salesforce and Cisco.


Kimberly Hall
Global Scout & Onboarding Director at StartUp Health



Sarah Judd Welch
Founder // Head of BD + Community Design at Loyal



KJ Singh
Director - Techstars

KJ serves as the Director of Techstars, NYC.  In his current role, KJ sources and screens hundreds of startups as a member of the program's selection committee.  During the program, he advises companies on product/market fit, growth tactics, fundraising strategies and other strategic issues.  Prior to Techstars, KJ was a management consultant with Booz & Company in NYC.  Prior to that, he was an investment-banker with Redwood Capital Group, a NYC-based Technology, Media, Telecom focused boutique investment bank.  KJ started his professional career with JPMorgan and holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Murat Aktihanoglu
Managing Director at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Murat is a technologist, entrepreneur, investor and author. He is the co-founder and Managing Director at ERA, an early-stage investment fund and technology accelerator in New York City with a portfolio of 80 and growing companies



Brittany Laughlin
GM at Union Square Ventures

Brittany is currently at Union Square Ventures and previously co-founded a startup in the tourism space called gtrot


Facilitating Team

  • Mike
    Fishbein
  • Matt
    French
  • Deborah
    Chang
  • Cheney
    Tsai


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