Teaching diverse founders how to create investable pitch material through a scalable online platform and making it easy for investors to discover them through data-driven curation.
I'm going to jump right in this month because we have a lot of exciting news to share!
1. 🎉 Please join me in welcoming our Head of Product, Daniel Volkovich! Over 100 people applied for the role in just three days. Daniel stood out both for his incredible technical product experience and for his deep connection to our mission. Watch him talk for just one minute in the video below about what why he finds Scroobious exciting and you'll see what we mean. We could not be more excited about the products we will bring to founders and investors with Daniel on the team!
2. Introducing: The Pitch Studio powered by Scroobious!
Many investors on our waitlist have asked how they can help our founders so we made a way! There's no substitute to practicing your pitch live, but underrepresented founders often don't have the network to do this comfortably. Join a studio session to give honest pitch feedback in a safe, supportive space where you provide value AND meet incredible new founders. Learn more & sign up here.
3. Catch us hanging in Cambridge where I've joined the newly launched Merck Digital Sciences Studio (MDSS) as their Executive in Residence (EIR)! MDSS is a 10-month hands-on accelerator program that provides mentorship, coaching, training, support, community, and investment in digital health and biotech startups. It is a collaboration between Merck and the New Jersey Innovation Institute supported by McKesson Ventures, Northpond Ventures, and Microsoft for Startups. Their mission to give entrepreneurs the resources and support they need to
bring their technologies to the world is perfectly aligned with Scroobious creating a natural partnership.
Our community lead, Lily, often talks about the startup ecosystem we have cultivated and how we have tapped into a deep need that transcends a technology platform. This was clear during our first networking event, which we hosted with our partner SVB. A wonderfully diverse crowd of founders, investors, accelerator leads, sponsors, and service providers all came together to play networking Bingo, connect, and laugh.
This wasn't the typical crowd who goes to Boston startup events; we have achieved our goal of broadening the community and making it more inclusive. I was so touched by everyone who came up to share with me how one of our pitch workshops or our platform has meaningfully helped them and how our mission resonates with them. We will continue to not only improve our product, but to foster and grow our ecosystem through authentic and welcoming experiences.
Read on for upcoming events, replays of past ones, and don't miss our featured founder at the end! Let's chat if you run an accelerator or program and are interested in providing pitch content and guidance to your members. Thank you for reading this. Thank you for helping us. I appreciate you.
Allison Byers, Founder & CEO
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How to Pitch Confidently to Investors: 10/19 5-7:30 pm ET Join Scroobious and Vico Style for a brief workshop on how you can confidently pitch your start-up to your potential investors when you're raising capital. Education, food, drinks, and mingling are sponsored by our friends at JP Morgan.
All Raise Agents of Change: 10/20, 12:30-5 pm ET This is a DO NOT MISS event! Join my friends and me at the Boston chapter of All Raise for collaborative roundtable discussions, a fireside chat with Joanne Chang-Myers, and a networking reception (featuring yummy Flour goodies!).
Informal drop-in coffee networking: 10/21, 8:30 - 10:30 am ET outside Tatte at 125 Summer Street in Boston This is a crowdsourced, Boston startup networking event hosted by Cait Brumme, David Chang, Greg Raiz, Emily Batt, Jana Eggers, Scott Kirsner, and me. Our emphasis is on founders, investors, and key conveners/community-builders who want to connect for interesting conversation.
Get involved: Investors and entrepreneur program runners - introduce yourself to our community of hundreds of diverse founders with some short video questions and answers. Don't worry, these aren't tough questions and the answers are capped at two minutes. They're meant to give founders in our community a better sense of you/your program and if it might be a good mutual fit. Videos will be posted on our founder platform.
Program: The Tory Burch Foundation is looking for its next cohort of women entrepreneurs. We've had multiple founders participate! Deadline is 11/7.
Grant: The Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative is accepting applications for its Innovation Challenge which seeks to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of early education. Deadline to apply is 1/13.
Program: Mayo Clinic Platform Accelerate is a 20-week program that helps early-stage health tech AI startups get market-ready and is now accepting applications for its second cohort.
Program: The Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator is an ongoing initiative to support startups that use cutting-edge technology like 5G and MEC to advance early-stage solutions across Big Data, AI, XR, and any other disruptive technologies that have the power to address pressing societal challenges. Deadline is 11/11.
Morse supports diverse founders through their Scroobious corporate sponsorship and their legal professionals create exclusive content for our community to help entrepreneurs.
This month Elizabeth Resteghini answers questions about choice of entity and state of incorporation. Click here for the full article.
- When you are running your own business but have not yet officially formed with the Secretary of State, you are considered a sole proprietor. Sole proprietors do not have limited liability protections since the business and the founder are the same.
It is important to officially register your business with the Secretary of State to be afforded certain limited liability protections for your business activities and so the business and the founders will become legally distinct from one another.
- The most common entity types are limited liability companies, S-Corporations and C-Corporations. The full article outlines the benefits and drawbacks of each type of entity.
Delaware is the standard state of incorporation that most savvy investors prefer.
- If you incorporate in Delaware, you will also need to foreign qualify in the state in which you have your principal place of business, in addition to any other states where your business activities may necessitate qualification.
Each newsletter features the perspective of one of our members. I encourage you to reach out to offer networking, investment interest, or expertise.
This month's featured founder is Alicia Tulsee, Founder & CEO of Moxie Apparel. Alicia has created a true movement and lifestyle brand for nurses with incredibly impressive traction and momentum.
In addition to already having been in Forbes, Entrepreneur, NBC, Harvard Innovation Labs, Medium, Nasdaq, Popsugar, and ModernRetail, they will now be featured on TV! Watch Alicia pitch to the co-founder of Netflix, Marc Randolph, and serial entrepreneur and icon, Kim Perell, on Entrepreneur Magazine's show, Elevator Pitch, airing November 2nd. You have a limited window to reach out to Alicia before she's flooded with inbound interest!
"In awe of all the amazing nurses who cared for my loved ones, I felt a calling to do something meaningful for the nursing profession. I founded Moxie Scrubs out of Harvard University’s Innovation Lab with the passion of creating a brand dedicated to giving nurses the sense of fashion, professionalism, and respect that they want and deserve. ‘Moxie’ defines the 'force of character, determination, and resourcefulness,' of the nurses across our country on the frontlines today. We are the first consumer lifestyle brand for nurses in the $94B global medical apparel market. The market has validated the need for our brand voice and product as shown in our nearly all organic $800K revenue since launching in Q2 last year; national acclaim in leading publications like Forbes, Nasdaq, and Entrepreneur Magazine, and early offers of acquisition. I'm proud that we've built a patent pending product by nurses for nurses."
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