This is the hardest one for us — but still, no.
Entrepreneurs are typically highly capable, confident and often are very well connected in the startup ecosystem. So after their startup has been acquired or… well… doesn’t get acquired, it’s no surprise that many of these awesome entrepreneurs then go on to start (or get hired by) awesome companies that provide valuable products or services to startups and to entrepreneurs or they start their own such company. The entrepreneurial perspective and insight they bring to their clients is invaluable, for sure.
But when this happens, those former entrepreneurs usually become ineligible for Startup Haven events because it is virtually impossible to avoid a conflict of interest. We look forward to those awesome folks getting back on the horse and doing what they were born to do… and when they do we’ll be here for them.
Similarly, many practicing lawyers, bankers, accountants and real estate brokers often are also investors and advisers to startup companies, often investing hard cash or trading their services for equity in their clients’ companies. While these folks are on the journey with their founder clients and there is a real sense in which they are an investor, they do not meet the technical criteria of being an active startup investor for the purposes of membership in Startup Haven. As with former founders who have entered the ranks of service providers, we look forward to these folks leaving their professional work behind to focus on investing… or to become a founder! In the mean time, the best way for them to participate as a service provider is to become a sponsor. Contact [email protected] for details.