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GETTING INTO AN ACCELERATOR
 

2/1/19

With Chris DeVore, managing director, TechStars, Seattle. Being accepted to a startup accelerator can mean access to expert support and resources, increased exposure, and ample opportunities for growth. In fact, the top three accelerators (Techstars, Y Combinator, and 500 Startups) account for nearly 10% of Series A recipients. However, getting into one of the top accelerators is no small task. It can take years to build up the experience and traction needed to validate your startup and get noticed by elite accelerators. Topics include:

  • Benefits vs. drawbacks of accelerators
  • Value of business traction
  • How to highlight your expertise
  • Choosing the right metrics to demonstrate your value
  • Crafting a clear, concise value proposition
 
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HOW COMPASSION IMPROVES INNOVATION
 

2/8/19

With Vikram Jandhyala, vice president for Innovation Strategy at the University of Washington and executive director of CoMotion. Empathy has always been an important driver of innovation. There’s no better way to gauge the likely success of a new product, for example, than putting yourself in your customers’ shoes, to understand how they feel and what they need. To move beyond existing innovation and business models in order to address more universal challenges will require us to weave compassion deeper into our processes, and build a more inclusive approach which emphasizes outcomes that improve lives, not just balance sheets. Topics include:

  • Key drivers of innovation
  • Power of compassion in innovation
  • Incorporating compassion in business processes
  • Guiding the heart of your business
 
 
CREATING PRODUCT-MARKET FIT THROUGH DISCOVERY
 

2/15/19

With Magali Eaton, assistant director of Innovation Training, CoMotion. Too often startups rush to market based on limited customer feedback, theories, or worse – assumptions. But, in order to create a great solution or product you must thoroughly understand the problems and desires your target audience currently experience. Come learn how to systematically discover exactly what your customers want and how to incorporate their feedback in order to develop a product that works. Topics include:

  • Defining your target audience
  • Getting to know your customer
  • Assessing product-market fit
  • Incorporating customer feedback – again and again
  • Creating a value proposition hypothesis
  • Go-to-market strategy
 
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THE STARTUP STUDIO MODEL: BUILDING A STARTUP IN SIX MONTHS
 

2/22/19

With Shauna Causey, partner, Madrona Venture LabsReady to get your startup up and running quickly? Come learn about the startup studio model: a systematic approach to rapid venture-building by sharing coveted resources, management, infrastructures, software, and skilled community competencies. Topics include:

  • Pros and cons of the startup studio model
  • How to leverage resources within the studio model
  • Tips for how to make the startup studio model work for you


 
 
HOW TO NEGOTIATE WITH INVESTORS
 

3/1/19

With Andy Albertson, partner at Fenwick and West LLP. Once you have attracted attention from investors, how do you negotiate a favorable agreement? Come to this presentation to learn how to approach the negotiating table prepared to garner trust, explore multiple options, and secure a deal that fosters the growth of your startup and your relationship with investors. Topics include:

  • Understanding investor priorities
  • Keeping the possibilities open
  • Structuring creative deals
  • Understanding debt and equity
  • Staggering investments
  • Managing multiple offers
 
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HOW LEADERS BUILD DIVERSE TEAMS
 

3/8/19

With Aiko Bethea, principal and founder, RARE Coaching & Consulting.  It’s been proven that diverse teams outperform homogeneous ones. Why? Because diverse perspectives lead to innovation. Establishing a team rich in gender, race and cultural diversity increases your startup’s intellectual potential, ability to iterate in progressive directions, and ultimately outperform conformist competitors. Topics include:

  • Financial and cultural benefits of diverse teams
  • Diversity as a business practice
  • Keeping biases in check
  • Inclusive practices
 
 

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From raising capital to scaling to exit strategies, these seasoned guest speakers deliver valuable content designed to help startups and entrepreneurs thrive. Lectures are typically 30-40 mins, followed by open Q&A.
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ABOUT COMOTION LABS
 
CoMotion Labs, part of CoMotion, provides a multi-industry incubation system. Whether you’re a UW spinout or a startup not affiliated with the UW looking to incubate close to the University, we have dedicated spaces for startups in:

LIFE SCIENCES, BIOTECH & MEDTECH
AR/VR & EMERGING TECH
SOFTWARE, IT & FINTECH

We also offer wraparound services to support startup success including training, mentoring, and networking, across a variety of industries. CoMotion Labs removes barriers and increases connections to ensure our startups' optimal success in taking their innovations to impact.