Startupfest 2021

We’re launching a series of conferences, gatherings, and competitions delivered online and in-person, featuring some of the best minds and best-known brands in tech and business. Stay tuned!

 

STARTING WITH…

Startupfest: Growth Week. Three mornings of critical knowledge for aspiring growth-stage executives, with access to leading startup investors and partners. April 12 – 14

Niya Dragova | CEO, Candor

Lenny Rachitsky | Author, LennysNewsletter.com

Jonathan Lowenhar | Founder & Managing Partner, Enjoy The Work

Our first event this year is Growth Week: A 3-morning deep-dive into scaling for growth. Each day includes a workshop on a vital aspect of startup growth—product, funding, and hiring—followed by a candid conversation with founders who’ve crossed the Series A chasm themselves. There’s also open office hours sessions with investors and networking between founders, funders, and ecosystem players. If you’re ready to fuel your growth-stage startup, this is the tight, focused content you need.

Who should attend? The event is open to all, but tailored to growing startups who’ve completed an accelerator or closed an angel round, and are seeking an initial round of institutional investment.

SCHEDULE

From April 12-14, here’s what to expect:

April 12, 2021April 13, 2021April 14, 2021
9:30 AMMorning networkingMorning networkingMorning networking
10:00 AMWelcome!Welcome!Welcome!
10:10 AMDeep-dive workshop on Product


A startup exists to do something differently. Your product, and how you position it, is the foundation for the entire organization. Startup product management is tough: At the outset, you’re building a product to figure out what to build, through a series of small, fast experiments. Pretty soon, you find clues that lead you to product-market fit—and you have to make hard decisions. It’s been said that good product managers know what to build, but great product managers know what not to build.

Leading this workshop is Lenny Rachitsky, one of the world’s leading experts on startup product management. In the last year, his newsletter has grown to over 50,000 subscribers, and is one of the most widely-cited resources on growth and product leadership. It’s been called “The best writing on … marketplaces and product management on the Internet”, “Indispensable”, “amazing, awesome, and ridiculously insightful.”

Drawing on years of experience building his own startup, and leading supply-side growth at AirBnB, Lenny packs his paid newsletter with insights from pretty much everyone in tech. He rarely teaches workshops—in fact, he’s just launched his first paid product management course, turning away hundreds of applicants. But he’s making an exception to share his wisdom with the Startupfest community. Truly a session not to be missed.

Deep-dive workshop on Funding

Once you’ve found the right product and market, it’s time to raise serious money. Maybe you’ve got some angel capital in the bank, or a cash infusion from an accelerator program. But if you’re going to grow, you need fuel. And nobody knows more about fueling your rocketship than Jonathan Lowenhar and Leslie Fine. They’re principals at Enjoy The Work, a consultancy that helps startups grow and raise money. In 2019 alone, they were part of over fifty successful fundraising efforts.

They work with growth-stage founders from around the world, preparing them for the marathon of fundraising and the tough questions of due diligence. For day two of Growth Week, they’ll reveal some of the secrets and wisdom they’ve gleaned helping companies grow, in a no-holds-barred workshop on fundraising and startup finance.

Deep-dive workshop on Hiring

The right product, and funding in the bank, means nothing if you don’t have the team in place to execute on that vision. And the talent that got you here—with an emphasis on experimentation and exploration—may not be the same as the team that can drive your growth. So we’ve invited Niya Dragova, co-founder of Candor, to shine a light on the often-secretive negotiations of hiring a superb team.

Armed with insights from helping hundreds of full-stack tech professionals secure their best offers at their dream jobs, Niya will reveal what the best candidates are after, and how to compete with the biggest firms to build the perfect team.

To give us insight into what the hiring process is like for a growing startup, we’ve then asked Uplight‘s Chief Strategy Officer, Justin Segall to join us, so we make sure you’re getting both sides of the hiring for growth story.

11:10 AMFireside chat with Sofia Quintero, Founder & CEO, EnjoyHQFireside chat with Josh Lefkowitz, Flashpoint & Olivia Train, GeorgianFireside chat with Claire McHugh, Axonista & Guillaume Mercier, BDC Capital
11:30 AMClosing remarksClosing remarksClosing remarks
11:35 AMOpen networking & investors office hours sessions


Join Office Hours with:

Centech & FounderFuel
Inovia Capital
Techstars Montreal AI
DMZ

Open networking & investors office hours sessions


Join Office Hours with:

BDC
Georgian
Jonathan Lowenhar & Leslie Fine from Enjoy The Work

Open networking & investors office hours sessions


Join Office Hours with:

BNC
Invincible Collective, a Bonjour Startup Montreal initiative
Niya Dragova from Candor
Boast.AI

All session times are listed in the Eastern Time Zone (EST) UTC -5.
April 12, 2021
9:30 AMMorning networking
10:00 AMWelcome!
10:10 AMDeep-dive workshop on Product


A startup exists to do something differently. Your product, and how you position it, is the foundation for the entire organization. Startup product management is tough: At the outset, you’re building a product to figure out what to build, through a series of small, fast experiments. Pretty soon, you find clues that lead you to product-market fit—and you have to make hard decisions. It’s been said that good product managers know what to build, but great product managers know what not to build.

Leading this workshop is Lenny Rachitsky, one of the world’s leading experts on startup product management. In the last year, his newsletter has grown to over 50,000 subscribers, and is one of the most widely-cited resources on growth and product leadership. It’s been called “The best writing on … marketplaces and product management on the Internet”, “Indispensable”, “amazing, awesome, and ridiculously insightful.”

Drawing on years of experience building his own startup, and leading supply-side growth at AirBnB, Lenny packs his paid newsletter with insights from pretty much everyone in tech. He rarely teaches workshops—in fact, he’s just launched his first paid product management course, turning away hundreds of applicants. But he’s making an exception to share his wisdom with the Startupfest community. Truly a session not to be missed.

11:10 AMFireside chat with founders that have crossed the Series A chasm
11:30 AMClosing remarks
11:35 AMOpen networking & investors office hours sessions
April 13, 2021
9:30 AMMorning networking
10:00 AMWelcome!
10:10 AMDeep-dive workshop on Funding


Once you’ve found the right product and market, it’s time to raise serious money. Maybe you’ve got some angel capital in the bank, or a cash infusion from an accelerator program. But if you’re going to grow, you need fuel. And nobody knows more about fueling your rocketship than Jonathan Lowenhar and Leslie Fine. They’re principals at Enjoy The Work, a consultancy that helps startups grow and raise money. In 2019 alone, they were part of over fifty successful fundraising efforts.

They work with growth-stage founders from around the world, preparing them for the marathon of fundraising and the tough questions of due diligence. For day two of Growth Week, they’ll reveal some of the secrets and wisdom they’ve gleaned helping companies grow, in a no-holds-barred workshop on fundraising and startup finance.

11:10 AMFireside chat with founders that have crossed the Series A chasm
11:30 AMClosing remarks
11:35 AMOpen networking & investors office hours sessions
April 14, 2021
9:30 AMMorning networking
10:00 AMWelcome!
10:10 AMDeep-dive workshop on Hiring

The right product, and funding in the bank, means nothing if you don’t have the team in place to execute on that vision. And the talent that got you here—with an emphasis on experimentation and exploration—may not be the same as the team that can drive your growth. So we’ve invited Niya Dragova, founder of Candor, to shine a light on the often-secretive negotiations of hiring a superb team.

Armed with insights from helping hundreds of full-stack tech professionals secure their best offers at their dream jobs, Niya will reveal what the best candidates are after, and how to compete with the biggest firms to build the perfect team.


To give us insight into what the hiring process is like for a growing startup, we’ve then asked Uplight‘s Chief Strategy Officer, Justin Segall to join us, so we make sure you’re getting both sides of the hiring for growth story.

11:10 AMFireside chat with founders that have crossed the Series A chasm
11:30 AMClosing remarks
11:35 AMOpen networking & investors office hours sessions
All session times are listed in the Eastern Time Zone (EST) UTC -5.

MORE TO COME

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