Startup Next San Francisco Fall 2015

    Tuesday, November 10 - December 10, 2015


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

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Startup Next
San Francisco

Tuesday, November 10 - December 10, 2015



Tuesday, November 10 - December 10, 2015
Program starts at 6:00 pm

The Vault 415 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111


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 sf@startupnext.co with other questions.





Program Schedule

Tuesday November 10th


6:00 pm
Bill Reichert + 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

Tuesday November 17th


6:00 pm
Robbie Jack + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Growth, 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

Tuesday November 24th


6:00 pm
Missy Titus + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - UX Design, 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

Tuesday December 1st


6:00 pm
Chad Kaul + 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

Tuesday December 8th


6:00 pm
Tanya Soman + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Pitching, 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

Thursday December 10th


6:00 pm
Demo Day


Speakers and Mentors


Melchert van Londen
Design Technologist and Developer



Kapil Kanugo
Founder at Bonnett



Brett Noyes
Director of Partnerships at Hero City at Draper

Brett Noyes started his startup journey in Eastern Washington when he put on his first Startup Weekend 5 years ago.  Following the success of his first event Brett went on to put on the region's first hackathon and run 2 angel investment groups.

Brett relocated to the Bay 2 years ago.  In his time in the Bay, he has worked for the #1 angel on Angel List, Jason Calacanis and worked for world famous venture capitalist Tim Draper at Draper University.  In addition, he has managed the NEXT pre-accelerated, LAUNCH Accelerator and Draper FinTech Incubator.  Brett has a passion for helping early stage entrepreneurs find the resources they need to grow and scale their companies.



Ari Eisenstat
Founder & CEO of DRÆM VENTURES



Chad Kaul
Founder at Startup Design Strategy

Chad Kaul has spent his entire career in startups. He’s been a founder, founding team member, and advisor/consultant/mentor to 51 startups. His work has been leveraged to generate more than $100M in funding and exits for clients.
He is currently the founder & principal of Startup Design Strategy where he leads workshops and off-sites for startups who want to find product-market fit faster, design more valuable businesses, and improve their stories to investors.
Previously, he spent 4 years on the founding team of a startup advisory that helps entrepreneurs develop and leverage their intellectual capital to raise funding and position for acquisition.
Before that, Chad co-founded a tech-media startup where he lead product to a 25 minute average session (on par with Facebook at the time, 2007-2008). He began his career as an associate for a private equity firm after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in economics.


Serena Keith
Director of Product, Lovely



Anshul Dhawan
Senior Product Manager at Zynga



Doug Gould
Community at Kairos Society



Tom Currier
Co-Founder & CEO, Campus



Robyn Exton
Founder of Her



Mike McCormick
Principal at Rubicon Venture Capital



Matt Walters
Managing Director at Runway Incubator



Niesh Trivedi
Investor at Skyware.io



Valery Komissarova
Business Development Director at Grishin Robotics



Arwa Jumkawala
Marketing Manager at Realm



Heather Brundage
Head of Business Operations at Particle IO



Jed Christiansen
Director of Technology for Techstars



Cyril Ebersweiler
Founder & Managing Director at HAX



Facilitating Team

  • Elliott
    Adams
  • Sydney
    Lai


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