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Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event, with Brant Cooper (Online)

Learn about cutting-edge technology businesses

Dec 01, 2021
01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
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The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading international startup pitch event, helping pre-seed startups learn, launch, and connect to investors. On this interactive online event you can watch presentations from promising pre-seed startups from across the globe, and learn from Keynote Speaker Brant Cooper: NY Times Best-Selling Author of 'The Lean Entrepreneur' and Founder/ CEO of Moves the Needle. In addition, there are several networking sessions to connect with the hundreds of international founders, investors, advisors and executives in attendance.
Learn more about the Founder Showcase at

About the Keynote Speaker: Brant Cooper, NY Times Best-Selling Author of The Lean Entrepreneur, and CEO of Moves the Needle
BRANT COOPER is The New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur and CEO and Founder of Moves the Needle. He is a trusted adviser to startups and large enterprises around the world. With more than 25 years of expertise in changing industrial age mindset into digital age opportunity, he blends agile, human-centered design, and lean methodologies to ignite entrepreneurial action from the front lines to the C-suite. As a sought-after keynote speaker, startup mentor, and executive advisor, he travels the globe sharing his vision for reimagining 21st century organizations. Bringing agility, digital transformation, and a focus on creating value for customers, he helps leaders navigate the uncertainty brought on by increased complexity and endless disruption.  

Investor Panelists: 

  • Adil Jafry is Co-Founder of Chandah Space Technologies and Founder at Ecosphere Ventures: Ecosphere Ventures is a Houston-based, Pre-Seed fund focused on transformative sustainability and cleantech solutions in the US. Adil is also passionate about space exploration, astrobiology, and exoplanets research and loves everything DIY, incl. 3D Printing, and Open Sourced innovations.
  • Ranjeet Shetye is Partner, YourNest Venture Capital: Through YourNest Venture Ranjeet takes founders on the journey from ideation through seed to Series A and beyond ensuring that products are based on cutting-edge technology and mature as efficiently as possible. He also helps founders enable generate revenue from cutting-edge hi-tech solutions. Ranjeet’s specialties include  driving technology, programs and customers towards a common goal. 
  • Genevieve LeMarchal is the Head of Healthcare Ventures at Expert Dojo: Expert Dojo is the most active early stage start-up accelerator and fund in Southern California. Genevieve invests in pre seed and seed stage companies all over the world. Companies in her portfolio include life sciences, digital health, XR tech, consumer brands, beauty and more. Genevieve previously served as a Partner at a new science and deep technology advisory fund and was General Partner of FoundersPad VC, and a founding board member of XXCelerate Fund. Prior to venture capital she was a serial entrepreneur with a wide range of experience ranging from tech to consumer brands.
    Tiana Laurence is the Managing Partner at Laurence Innovations: Laurence Innovation is an investment fund powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. At a time when emerging fields like artificial intelligence, the internet of things, genetic engineering, and quantum computing are rapidly transforming the global economy, we can’t afford to overlook the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country. 

Meet the Founders Showcasing their Companies: 

Previous Founder Showcase companies have raised over $1.5 billion in funding. A short-list of companies that did one of their first public pitches on the Founder Showcase stage include Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Realty Mogul, Kaggle, and many more. Learn more about the Founder Showcase at

Who Should Attend?

  • Angel and early-stage investors looking to invest in startups
  • Alumni, mentors, and friends of the Founder Institute
  • Anyone interested in launching a technology company 
  • Anyone interested in learning about the innovative companies coming out of Founder Institute and beyond

See more Online Startup Events, or for more information about the investors, incubators, and accelerators in Washington DC, see our list of Startup Resources.

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