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Chicago reported around $1.5 billion in Venture Capital investments in 2017. It also has become the hub for Fintech in the Midwest United States with 23% of the local VC investment going to Fintech startups over the last 6 years according to 2018’s Startup Genome Report. The city is also consistently top ranked for investment returns which makes it a great place for a startup.
It might be a little difficult to get your start in Chicago with the direct bottom-line mentality. Founders Network connects Chicago Founders with a global network of support to help this. Based in Silicon Valley, Founders Network is a mentorship program that gives our members access to new resources which facilitate Founder growth.
Mentorship from select Chicago founders
Peer mentorship program with fellow tech founders
Global, stage and local founder forums
Pitch practice with tier 1 VC's
Proactive support and introductions from staff
Biannual global conferences
Accelerator grade discounts
Connecting Chicago Founders with each other and the Founders Network community.
You'll learn more from the threads seen here everyday than you did in most courses you've ever waded through. So dive in, everyone is here because this is exactly what we want to be doing.
I'm a very technical person. Not big on the business side of things. Thanks to Founders Network, I've received valuable, actionable business advice from both founders and investors alike.
I would say it's a very reasonable cost to tap into a worldwide network of entrepreneurs who, as a group, have gone through just about everything you can imagine and have a world of experience they can offer to you.
Each Founders Network Chapter has an appointed Chapter Leadership Team. Made up of founders who have chosen to volunteer their time, they are on deck to give advice, facilitate events, and lead the growth of the Chapter.
Leadership Positions Available
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In Africa, there is a saying: 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' The great thing about the Founder's Network is that it's not an either/or! We go together farther AND faster, and actually it's way more fun ;)
The fn community has been along for my journey through four startups including one dissolution, one major restructure, a successful exit and now a high-growth, funded SaaS company. Being a Founder is sometimes overwhelming and lonely. This community provides guidance and the lift you need when facing your most excruciating obstacles. More importantly, it's a community that genuinely celebrates your successes along the way!
Founding a business can be a lonely pursuit, but being surrounded by a like-minded community enriches the experience. Founders Network is a cadre who provides concrete perspective and insights. In my experience, it's just as enriching to me as a serial entrepreneur to see what and who is coming next, as it would have been to me years ago as a first-time founder to avoid (some!) rookie errors.
Founder Thought Leadership
Trending Tech Topic Panels
Pitch Practice Featuring Tier 1 VC's
Private Office Hours With Tier 1 VC's
- July 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am PDT
Join Nancy Hayes as she provides tips on how to present to angel and VC investors. Securing funding from angel and VC investors can be a challenge for any startup ... Read More
- July 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am PDT
Join Chris Salter as he details the principles of strategic project planning. More than two decades ago, entrepreneur Chris Salter was introduced to a simple but fresh approach to planning ... Read More
- July 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am PDT
Jason Bennett will be hosting a webinar for Founders Network members where he’ll provide insights on how to grow your SaaS startup. For SaaS startups, growth is essential. According to ... Read More
- July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
Join Founders Network members in Toronto for a Summer Happy Hour! Join us for fnToronto Chapter Summer Happy Hour! Along with some networking, bites and drinks, you’ll also get the ... Read Moreat Downtown Toronto
- July 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Join Founders Network members in Mexico City for a Summer Happy Hour! Join us for fnMexico City Chapter Summer Happy Hour! Along with some networking, bites and drinks, you’ll also ... Read Moreat Roma Nte.
- May 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Join Founders Network members in Chicago for a National Small Business Week Happy Hour with our Partner, WeWork. Join Founders Network members in Chicago for a National Small Business Week ... Read Moreat Chicago
- February 4, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST
Come, interact and learn with 3 presenters from the fnChicago Chapter! Complimentary Ticket: Are you a full-time tech founder? Be our guest! During COVID, we’re making our events available to ... Read More
- July 16, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am PDT
Complimentary Ticket: Are you a full-time tech founder? Be our guest! During COVID, we’re making our events available to tech founders everywhere. Enjoy a complimentary ticket to come learn from fellow ... Read Moreat Virtual
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