Last week was big. The type of big that can only come from months of focused work towards one goal. The type of big that is experienced when the whole of your team is greater than the sum of its parts. The type of big that…produces the feeling that things have finally ‘clicked’.
Our company was invited to LAUNCH Festival this year to participate as one of the eleven startups to participate in the Health/Biotech Summit — meaning we were invited to present on stage to thousands of attendees, meet potential partners/investors, and demo our product in a booth for anyone to try.
In addition to having our — growing — team bond and rally around the opportunity, I was blessed enough to be invited to participate in LAUNCH’s inaugural class of Founders University. Founders University is a two day educational experience for founders who have launched a product, but have not raised a Series A round of financing yet. The program was open to 25 founders and featured amazing speakers like Casey Winters, Rishi Garg, and Clara Brenner.
There was certainly a lot learned from the speakers, but the real value in Founders University was having two full days of time and space to meet the other founders that were in the room. There were some familiar faces, but mostly new people from all over the world. It is increasingly inspiring to meet people that are so passionate about an idea, that they risk their livelihoods to brute force it into existence. Founders University was a great forcing function to meet some of these types of people and I am very grateful to have been involved.
Big thank you to Jason and the LAUNCH team for being extremely professional, and creating a platform for startups to showcase their work — for free! If you are a founder and get the opportunity to go to LAUNCH, do it! ✌🏾