We are always sad to hear when people missed incredible events because they didn’t know they were happening. Do not let this be you.
High-profile speakers from the Silicon Valley have been offering extended workshops in a cozy setting – it is wonderful how spoiled we are over here. Our Valley guests work tirelessly while they’re here, offering a wonderful talk at E-Club one evening and then going into more depth for a select crowd. If you want to be one of the 15 attendees sitting around a table with the co-founder of Reddit.com or partner of Labrador Ventures, listen up.
Thanks to Informatics Ventures, these workshops are completely free, and you’ll even be treated to lunch before the hard work begins. There are two workshops on offer at the moment, one for internet startups (26th Nov) and one for social enterprises (3rd Dec). Details and info on who qualifies below:
Starting the High Growth Internet Venture: Thursday 26th Nov, 1-5:30pm at Appleton Tower 8.02
This seminar is intended for early stage internet entrepreneurs who desire to start and grow high impact internet ventures. Alexis Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit.com, a Y-Combinator birthed internet start-up, will lead the seminar. He’ll start with an overview of the opportunity identification and assessment process with Reddit, and then move on to describe the challenges and impediments to the venture’s growth, especially user acquistion. The discussion will then progress to an interactive session that surrounds the challenges faced by the early stage participants themselves.
Qualifying start-ups and entrepreneurs must be based in Scotland and have intent to start and grow high impact internet ventures. Students and recent graduates who are in the exploratory stage of such a process are welcome to sign up for the seminar as well.
Creating the Social Enterprise: Thursday 3rd Dec, 1-5:30pm at Appleton Tower 8.02
Sean Foote, General Partner, Labrador Ventures; Adjunct Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley
This interactive seminar will be led by Sean Foote, a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley, who also is involved in microfinance and teaches a course on such at the University of California-Berkeley in the Haas School of Business. The format will include an overview of the social enterprise start-up, and what makes it different than the usual for-profit business start-up venture. Different segments will be addressed, including the growing microfinance sector. Sean will review a couple of cases for comparison purposes, including Kiva www.kiva.org, which has just surpassed $100 million in microloans. From there the discourse will surround particular issues and impediments faced by the social enterprise entrepreneurs that are attending the session.
Qualifying social enterprises must be based in Scotland and have plans to internationalize within the next few years.