Shulman Rogers
Shulman Rogers, a full service law firm with nearly 100 attorneys, provides corporate services including business planning, mergers and acquisitions, securities, employment, intellectual property, immigration, government contracting, tax, telecommunications, cybersecurity, corporate governance, as well as other areas. In addition, the firm has vast experience in real estate transactions, both commercial and residential closings, leasing, landlord-tenant, commercial development, acquisition, sales and related matters. Our litigators offer extensive experience in complex litigation, and all methods of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. Personal legal services include trust and estate planning, family law, real estate settlements, medical malpractice and personal injury.

Startup Our Vets

 

Through the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from Washington DC will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.


Veterans and active service members possess the work ethic, high character, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the "Startup Our Veterans" Fellowship.

Through this Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Learn more about the program at FI.co/vets.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Saturday, April 30, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship.


Planning Solutions Group
Planning Solutions Group is a financial planning firm that specializes in developing innovative concepts for wealth creation and preservation. PSG is comprised of 3 partners with over 60 years of combined industry experience, a team of associate planners, and a dedicated support staff which includes two an attorney who provides advanced estate and tax planning solutions, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) for the development of creative investment strategies.

CONNECTPreneur

 

The CONNECTPreneur Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the  CONNECTPreneur Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CONNECTPreneur, a quarterly forum of 350+ top IT entrepreneurs and investors in greater Washington DC region. Through the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship, everyone from the CONNECTPreneur community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($1,650 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by April 3, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship.


Your Startup Check List: 10 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Do to Launch a Business

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-10-08

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.


In this post from his blog, John P. Muldoon (Co-Director, Dublin Founder Institute), shares what he took away from a talk by Schoolspace CEO, Denise O'Grady. In her talk, Denise outlines 10 tips for entrepreneurial success, starting with identifying a problem - then working like made to take it to the market.

Below, 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs has been republished;

 

"Most entrepreneurial success stories are based on someone successfully identifying a problem — then working like mad to take it to market.

That happened to Denise O’Grady.

In her old job as a teacher, she constantly saw “the chain” break. These chains are arrangements where Parent 1 is notified of an event such as a canceled game.

Parent 1 is then supposed to text Parent 2 who is supposed to notify Parent 3 and so on.

“Invariably the chain broke and the 11th person never got to know the game was canceled,” O’Grady said.

Problem identified, it was time to fix it. That’s been done, and now O’Grady’s company Schoolspace is market leader in school-to-parent communications.

At the Founder Institute Information session, hosted by Lucey Technology in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, O’Grady outlined what the last five years have been like for her, and what some of the potential entrepreneurs can look forward to.

  1. Write down your idea. Get it out and down on paper. Then get it out there by talking to everyone about it. Chances are your idea won’t be stolen. In fact, the opposite is likely because people will want to help.
  2. Research. Talk to potential customers. What do people care about in your space and what, if anything, will they pay to fix it?
  3. “Be as absolutely accurate as you can with your math,” O’Grady said. Are costs calculated accurately? Are any assumptions likely to cost dearly if they prove wrong?
  4. “Get a customer,” O’Grady said. In the very early days of Schoolspace, “we were actually terrified of our customer, but they were the ones using the product and they knew exactly what was wrong with it,” she said. “Our customers have sold more of our Schoolspace services than our [sales] reps have,” O’Grady said.
  5. Sell the living day lights out of it.” If someone says they will buy your product if it had a feature, say it will then close the sale, O’Grady said. Then make the feature.
  6. Staff up. “We always have at least 2-3 interns,” O’Grady said.
  7. Get press. “You can, with a story, get incredible free publicity,” O’Grady said. However, it needs to be worked on and framed properly. Give the media valuable content. “They will publish it because you are doing their job for them,” she said.
  8. “Surround yourself with genius.” O’Grady said she worked in isolation for too long. Finally she started getting out. “Get as many coffees with as many well connected people as you can.” Experienced business people respect early stage struggle. “It’s amazing how many people want to help,” she said.
  9. Prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride. O’Grady said one of her mentors draws a wavy graph in meetings and says, “Just realize you are somewhere here...It’s not smooth and it never has been,” she said. “Try and balance yourself.”
  10. “Keep a helicopter view,” O’Grady advised. “You can work in your business or you can work on your business.” She said entrepreneurs should take a half day a week above their business to look at it strategically. This will answer questions like, “How we’re going to get to my vision.”

 

John P. Muldoon is co-director of the Dublin Founder Institute, which is currently testing demand to launch this Autumn. If you'd like to help bring this great program to Dublin, then fill out an Interest Form today. If enough people fill out this form and express interest by October 13, then the Founder Institute will formally launch a Dublin Chapter.

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