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Start It Up! Build, Learn & Connect to Grow Your Startup

May 9 @ 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

The Capital Network is partnering with the City of Cambridge Community Development to bring you Start It Up!An afternoon full of free events to help support founders from Cambridge (and beyond) in their early stages

At Start It Up we’ll help you Build, Learn & Connect – 3 things every founder needs:

You’ll Build: The Perfect Pitch – You only have a few minutes to get an investor’s (or anyone’s!) attention and convey the essence of your business concisely and convincingly. Learn how to tell a story about your company that would make anyone, especially investors, want to hear more!
You’ll Learn: Options for Funding – Find out types of funding are a good fit your business and stage and what opportunities exist across Boston’s funding landscape.
You’ll Connect: Meet with Mentors, Entrepreneurs, Resources and Services that can help you along your startup’s journey.

We’ll bring food from a local Cambridge business, and finish the day off with Ice Cream.

This event will include a resources guidebook to help you understand what organizations and opportunities are at your disposal in Cambridge and beyond.

If you are a founder with an idea or a startup, looking to Build, Learn & Connect, then this is the event to help you. Start It Up!

3:45 – 4:10 Registration & Introductions

4:10 – 5:00 Get Your Startup Funded – What Are Your Options?

Grants, Loans, Angel, Venture Capital, Crowdfunding … Experts will compare and contrast the many ways you can fund your startup. The discussion will address common questions including:

  • What are the best funding options for growing my business?
  • At what stage should I go after external funding?
  • How much money should I ask for?
  • What metrics or milestones do I need to show to ask for funding?
  • Does ‘NO’ mean ‘maybe later?’

5:10 – 6:20 Get Your Pitch Right – How to Tell Your Story to Investors

You only have a few minutes to get an investor’s attention and convey the essence of your business concisely and convincingly. Learn how to tell a story about your company that would make anyone, especially investors, want to hear more!

Stuart Paap

Stuart Paap

Founder at Pitch DNA

Stuart Paap helps startups and entrepreneurs perfect power-packed pitches with a punch! Founder at Pitch DNA, for TCN, he will share the secret ingredients of a great pitch, the pitfalls of a bad one, and his perspective on both the art – and architecture – of a persuasive pitch. He regularly gives in-depth pitch sessions at leading Universities, Global Startup Incubators, and has been a Pitch Mentor at MassChallenge since 2012.

6:35 – 7:35 – Get The Help You Need: Resources For You To Grow

Services, Mentors, Community Organizations… There are plenty of people and groups in Cambridge who can help you. Hear from experts as they discuss the many resources available to entrepreneurs in Cambridge the trends they’re seeing across Cambridge’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to different resources in the community and look for the help you need.

Resources Guidebook included.

7:30 – 8:00 – Ice Cream Social & Event Recap

Thanks to our partners

Please note: By attending this event, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional, educational and/or marketing materials.

Venue

Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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