Peer-to-Peer Support Programs
Startup Haven’s greatest asset is its members. With more than 2,300 founders and investors, there is virtually no aspect of the startup journey that at least some of our members have not experienced. And they want to share that experience with others. Our peer-to-peer programs are how we enable our members to help each other.
Founders Dinner — A room full of founders and investors and a no-pizza rule. It’s rare to attend an event where you would welcome a conversation with every person in the room. In Core chapters, all attendees are vetted venture-scales founders and investors. In Community Chapters, a limited number of non-Core members are invited to attend as well.
Startup Poker 2.0 — Literally the best networking activity for founders and investors on planet earth. It is impossible to fully convey the brilliance of this event in a paragraph. So here are three articles that will get you there.
Member Briefs — With more than 2,300 experienced founder and investor, our members have a lot of knowledge to share. Member Briefs provide a platform for them to help other founders at scale. Focused virtual networking for Core members is also offered before and after the event.
Ask & Offer — Our online Ask & Offer platform allows Core founder and investor members can get and give help among the entire Startup Haven ecosystem.
Member Office Hours — Book some time with other experienced Startup Haven members who volunteer to share their time with you. While you’re at it, volunteer some of your time to help other Startup Haven member with topic within your own area of expertise.
Vouch Recruiting — There is not harder challenge for startup founders than building a world-class team. Besides just finding great people, startups must compete with big-tech comp packages and employee perks that are out of their reach. We can’t solve that problem entirely but we can leverage the Startup Haven community of founders and investors to tap into the thousands of personal networks of our members.
Expert-led Support Programs
GroundWork Milestone Workshops — In these interactive virtual sessions, founders present their next strategic milestone for an exploration of its cogency — i.e., is it the right milestone? Would investors agree? What does the milestone unlock, what needs to be true in order to reach it, and what assumptions underlie it? We will use the principles used in the GroundWork Growth methodology, the curriculum taught in the Startup Haven Accelerator program.
Capital Strategy Workshop
Fundraising is hard. A slick pitch deck and a confident story is seldom enough, even in the best of times. And we are not in the best of times.
This interactive workshop dives into the key decisions every founder must make in order to run an efficient fundraising process and maximize their chances for success — when to raise, who to raise from, how much to raise, and at what valuation. We will also explore how investors think and the essence of investor diligence.
Advisor Office Hours — Book time with an expert in a number of areas: legal, financials, fundraising, intellectual property, real estate, and more.
Startup Haven Pitch Coaching sessions are not just pitch deck feedback. Presenters decide what to focus on and then get in-depth, no-nonsense advice from experienced founders and investors — what’s good, what’s bad and what can make it better.
Lunch and Learns — our partners offer focused content tailored to the needs of venture-scale startups. These sessions are recorded and made available to all Startup Haven members. Since 2020, these sessions have been conducted virtually. Live Lunch and Learns may return in the future.