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Startup Advice From The GUILD Academy
Anne interviewed over 150 startup founders, investors, and entrepreneurs for the Academy and at GUILD events.
Here are a few insights into the Academy video modules with 10 selected Academy thought leaders.
Women's Health and wellness
8 week program
with Femtech Focus
weekly speaker sessions
with femtech experts
Femtech Marketing Module
demo day with femtech investors
Participating in the Femtech Edition of the Academy 8 week virtual accelerator course gave me essentially everything I wish I had not learned the hard way!
The information presented was perfectly distilled and action-oriented. The pacing of the curriculum, the inspirational speakers provided prescient take-ways, the access to experts and the ability to ask focused questions pertaining to my startup was absolutely invaluable to me and my team.
I think everyone who is considering a startup or business, who is currently in one, or who needs some additional focused training, should go through this accelerator.
You will up-level everything you know or thought you knew about the science and art of creating and sustaining a successful business. Do yourself and your team a favor - sign up, invest the time, and get ready to 10x what you are capable of.
Dr. Julie Hakim, MD
In module one of the program, we focus on VALIDATING YOUR IDEA and setting goals. Define what success looks like. Give yourself permission to brainstorm and fully discover your curiosity. Use proprietary templates to prioritize your ideas and decide which idea to take through this program.
Study Hall Welcome: Join us at our welcome session and meet your program hosts. Prepare an introduction and bring your questions.
Set SMART goals for the program
Create your Idea Wallet and Bug List
Sort your ideas
Decide on an idea or product feature to pursue with the help of the idea decision matrix
Find out which entrepreneur's face you are
Decide on your secret reward when completing the program
Meet your peers and program hosts
Module 2 is a masterclass in USER RESEARCH. As entrepreneurs we have to be brave and talk to people! This will be a big part of your entrepreneurial journey ... have a curious mindset and ask your target customer about their experiences with the problem you are solving. At the end of this module you will have talked to 5-10 users and know with confidence their biggest pain point and who you are targeting.
Define a clear and concise user persona
Schedule your first user interview
Get step-by-step tactics how to reach out to users
Utilize the ready-set-go user interview template with the right questions to ask
Articulate the problem you are solving
Create your first pitch deck slide
Capture feedback in the User Emotions Template
In Module 3 you will learn how to build a PRODUCT PROMISE landing page.
Decide which no-code or low-code platform to use without tech overwhelm and which elements you need for a convincing product promise landing page.
You will test your assumptions with your first A/B test and learn which tools to use to measure success.
Build your product promise landing page to test your problem statement
Decide with confidence which platform to use with our proprietary toolbox
Implement analytics to evaluate your success
Learn how to write website copy
Create your first campaign to capture and convert website traffic into sales
In module 4 you put on the hat of a product manager and build your MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT. You will also play Chief Branding Officer and decide on your core values.
Build a low-fidelity prototype to mimic the functionality of your solution. Prioritize key features of your product. Explore no-code tools available to build your MVP or get quotes from prototyping firms.
Decide with confidence which features to build and cut cost
Understand the different types of MVPs
Choose your no-code tool to put a functional MVP together
Build your MVP
Create a brand deck to elevate your brand and build trust
Define your core value and your "why"
Articulate your mission statement and the impact of your company
This part of the academy dives into how to RUN YOUR BUSINESS. It includes a crash course in business models, finances, and how to build a sustainable financial model that supports you, your team and the growth of your company.
In this module, you will explore the different options to create revenue for your business.
Learn from 50+ Business Model Examples
Experiment and build out 5 business model canvases
Run a test to validate your business model
Know how to price, position, and deliver your value proposition
Create your business model slide
Relax with a self-care exercise
It is time to talk about all things GO TO MARKET and marketing your product or service now that you have created an irresistible brand and a business model.
Identify your target market, who to partner with, how to launch your product and which channels to focus on. You will learn the skills to start acquiring your first customers while testing if and how much they pay for your product.
Craft a powerful marketing strategy that helps you differentiate from the competition
Get a solid grasp on all the different "departments" of marketing
Generate an offer that is exactly what your customers want to buy
Understand the difference between paid marketing and organic marketing
Measure the success of your marketing campaign with easy-to-implement tools from our proprietory Toolbox
FUNDING and which types of funding are available to your business is the big topic in this module.
Understand your funding options from bootstrapping all the way to Venture Capital. Get familiar with the pros and cons of bootstrapping, crowdfunding, revenue share models, grants, bank loans, angel investment and Venture Capital (VC).
Confidently set course for your company and decide on your non-negotiables
Develop a deep understanding of the pros and cons of funding options
Look behind the scenes of VCs
Plan your fundraising strategy
Build a solid financial forecast
Access our rolodex of investors
Last but not least, you will get ready to launch. Create a compelling story and prepare to PITCH by honing your storytelling skills. You iterate on your idea one more time, by building out your pitch deck.
Attend the pitch masterclass and get feedback on your pitch before joining the stage and showcasing the company you built.
Learn in the pitch masterclass which slides you need
Build a rock-solid beautiful pitch deck
Learn storytelling tactics important to convince investors, advisors, vendors or team members to join you on your journey
Get a 7-step checklist for zoom pitches
Pitch at the demo day /showcase with investors and industry experts.
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