Contrary to popular belief, recessions are ideal times for entrepreneurs to begin building their startups.

Chris Kelly, who co-founded a multi-million dollar business in 2009 during the "Great Recession," understands this better than most anyone else. He is the only person to ever be twice recognized in Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs and was a part of the Founder Institute's inaugural cohort over 10 years ago.

In the webinar "How (and Why) My Business Started in a Recession," held on April 9th, 2020, Chris shared with founders insights into what it was like building his successful startup during hard economic times. He and Founder Institute Co-Founder Jonathan Greechang also encouraged entrepreneurs and answered questions about beginning startups during a time with high unemployment. Over 1,000 people registered for this event, and viewers who participated in the chat tuned in from around the world, including: Burkina Faso, Kenya, Slovakia, Lebanon, Serbia, Cyprus, Turkey, Iran, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, China, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the US.

See below for the full webinar and highlights from the event. To join an upcoming startup webinar, visit Online Startup Events.

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Webinar Highlights

Begin your company now

Perspective for the sales team

"Capital or talent first?" 

Getting exceptional talent and leading with clarity

Chris Kelly's biggest regret from his past startups

 Being opportunistic vs. strategic and scalable

Benefits startups have that Fortune 500 Companies don't

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