Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Sputnik ATX Demo Day

Sputnik ATX's Summer'18 class of startups will pitch at Demo Day, the final event of our thirteen-week program.

Join us for an evening of pitching, product demos, Q&A and networking. Enjoy drinks, snacks, and as much startup scrappiness as you can handle.

This event is open to accredited investors only. To inquire about attending if you have not already been invited, please email us at info@sputnikatx.com.

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Oct
31
11:00 AM11:00

Halloween Office Hours

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October 31st 2018

Halloween Office Hours

The VCs at Sputnik ATX venture-accelerator are hosting one-on-one office hours on Halloween. Got a wicked cool startup? Sign up for your slot to meet the partners and team, introduce your business and get mentored. Costume required.

Learn more and RSVP below.

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Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

@ WeWork Austin | How To Get Your First Round: Intro to Seed Funding & SputnikATX

Coming to a desk near you (with pizza)!

If you've got a killer concept and you're ready to grow, but you're not sure how to raise outside capital to do so, this is the event for you. Joe Merrill will lead a session on how to raise your first round of funding for your startup.

Additionally, find out the scoop on the Sputnik ATX accelerator program, $100,000 in funding for each startup in the program, and what we look for in applicants.

  Joe Merrill  is the co-founder of Sputnik ATX, and partner in the Linden group of venture funds based in Austin, Texas. Merrill is a former U.S. diplomat and served as a political, economic and consular officer at U.S. Embassies in Bosnia, Nigeria, and South Korea as well as postings at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.. After leaving the State Department, Merrill worked in corporate treasury, finance and development at Deere and Company before entering the private equity world at a Carlyle-Apollo education fund, Apollo Global. Overall, Joe has over $3 billion of transaction experience in venture investing. Merrill has also founded and exited two start-ups, Pan Am Education and Smart FundEd. He enjoys running around Town Lake in Austin, especially with his wife. His blog can be found at  www.econtrepreneur.com  and you can find him on Twitter at @Austin_VC.

Joe Merrill is the co-founder of Sputnik ATX, and partner in the Linden group of venture funds based in Austin, Texas. Merrill is a former U.S. diplomat and served as a political, economic and consular officer at U.S. Embassies in Bosnia, Nigeria, and South Korea as well as postings at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.. After leaving the State Department, Merrill worked in corporate treasury, finance and development at Deere and Company before entering the private equity world at a Carlyle-Apollo education fund, Apollo Global. Overall, Joe has over $3 billion of transaction experience in venture investing. Merrill has also founded and exited two start-ups, Pan Am Education and Smart FundEd. He enjoys running around Town Lake in Austin, especially with his wife. His blog can be found at www.econtrepreneur.com and you can find him on Twitter at @Austin_VC.

Time: 12:00 noon
Date: Wed. June 20th, 2018
Location: WeWork Congress, Room 15D
Pizza provided!

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Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

@LaunchPad City Frisco | How To Get Your First Round: Intro to Seed Funding & SputnikATX

Coming to a desk near you (with pizza)!

If you've got a killer concept and you're ready to grow, but you're not sure how to raise outside capital to do so, this is the event for you. Joe Merrill will lead a session on how to raise your first round of funding for your startup.

Additionally, find out the scoop on the Sputnik ATX accelerator program, $100,000 in funding for each startup in the program, and what we look for in applicants.

  Joe Merrill  is the co-founder of Sputnik ATX, and partner in the Linden group of venture funds based in Austin, Texas. Merrill is a former U.S. diplomat and served as a political, economic and consular officer at U.S. Embassies in Bosnia, Nigeria, and South Korea as well as postings at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.. After leaving the State Department, Merrill worked in corporate treasury, finance and development at Deere and Company before entering the private equity world at a Carlyle-Apollo education fund, Apollo Global. Overall, Joe has over $3 billion of transaction experience in venture investing. Merrill has also founded and exited two start-ups, Pan Am Education and Smart FundEd. He enjoys running around Town Lake in Austin, especially with his wife. His blog can be found at  www.econtrepreneur.com  and you can find him on Twitter at @Austin_VC.

Joe Merrill is the co-founder of Sputnik ATX, and partner in the Linden group of venture funds based in Austin, Texas. Merrill is a former U.S. diplomat and served as a political, economic and consular officer at U.S. Embassies in Bosnia, Nigeria, and South Korea as well as postings at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.. After leaving the State Department, Merrill worked in corporate treasury, finance and development at Deere and Company before entering the private equity world at a Carlyle-Apollo education fund, Apollo Global. Overall, Joe has over $3 billion of transaction experience in venture investing. Merrill has also founded and exited two start-ups, Pan Am Education and Smart FundEd. He enjoys running around Town Lake in Austin, especially with his wife. His blog can be found at www.econtrepreneur.com and you can find him on Twitter at @Austin_VC.

Time: 6PM-7PM
Date: June 4th, 2018
Location: Launchpad City in Frisco, TX
Pizza provided!

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May
30
12:00 PM12:00

@WeWork Houston | How To Get Your First Round: Intro to Seed Funding & SputnikATX

Coming to a desk near you (with pizza)!

If you've got a killer concept and you're ready to grow, but you're not sure how to raise outside capital to do so, this is the event for you. Joe Merrill will lead a session on how to raise your first round of funding for your startup.

Additionally, find out the scoop on the Sputnik ATX accelerator program, $100,000 in funding for each startup in the program, and what we look for in applicants.

  Joe Merrill  is the co-founder of Sputnik ATX, and partner in the Linden group of venture funds based in Austin, Texas. Merrill is a former U.S. diplomat and served as a political, economic and consular officer at U.S. Embassies in Bosnia, Nigeria, and South Korea as well as postings at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.. After leaving the State Department, Merrill worked in corporate treasury, finance and development at Deere and Company before entering the private equity world at a Carlyle-Apollo education fund, Apollo Global. Overall, Joe has over $3 billion of transaction experience in venture investing. Merrill has also founded and exited two start-ups, Pan Am Education and Smart FundEd. He enjoys running around Town Lake in Austin, especially with his wife. His blog can be found at  www.econtrepreneur.com  and you can find him on Twitter at @Austin_VC.

Joe Merrill is the co-founder of Sputnik ATX, and partner in the Linden group of venture funds based in Austin, Texas. Merrill is a former U.S. diplomat and served as a political, economic and consular officer at U.S. Embassies in Bosnia, Nigeria, and South Korea as well as postings at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.. After leaving the State Department, Merrill worked in corporate treasury, finance and development at Deere and Company before entering the private equity world at a Carlyle-Apollo education fund, Apollo Global. Overall, Joe has over $3 billion of transaction experience in venture investing. Merrill has also founded and exited two start-ups, Pan Am Education and Smart FundEd. He enjoys running around Town Lake in Austin, especially with his wife. His blog can be found at www.econtrepreneur.com and you can find him on Twitter at @Austin_VC.

Time: 12:00 noon
Date: May 30th, 2018
Location: Galvanize Austin
Pizza provided!

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Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

From Academia to Tech Industry: Breaking into Data Science

Data Scientists analyze large sets of data to make predictions about the future. While most transfer from professional careers in computer science, some of the best data scientists come straight from academia. If you have an advanced degree in a quantitative area of study like physics, applied mathematics, or statistics, the transition from academia into the tech sector is easier than you may think.

We are bringing a PhD former quantitative researcher and current Talent Leader from Teza Technologies, Olga Myndyuk, to teach you how to transfer your academic data analytic skills to the tech industry. Join us for this intimate workshop where we will review your resumes, teach you how to position your skillset, and show you some of the most applicable jobs for you.

NOTE: This is a highly curated session where we will be selecting participants. After you register on Eventbrite, please send your resume to info@sputnikatx.com for review and we will let you know if you've been accepted a week before the event.

This session is brought to you by Sputnik ATX and Galvanize.

Lunch & Drinks provided. Enter building from the Nueces St. side

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Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn: Accounting and Finance for Startups

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Hosted by Austin's newest accelerator, Sputnik ATX, these Lunch and Learns will cover items from our curriculum. They will be taught by team members and VC's of Sputnik and sometimes, special guests. 

FREE lunch will be provided to the first few to arrive. 

Go here to see upcoming lunch & learns and RSVP. 

Please sign up in advance, because space is limited. There is no charge to attend if you're in the first group to arrive, otherwise be prepared to bring a lunch.

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Apr
12
9:00 AM09:00

Demo Day

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Sputnik ATX's first cohort is graduating this April!

**Please RSVP by March 31st to hear pitches from our graduating cohort.

One founder from each company will have 15 minutes to pitch, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

Location: TBA Time: 9AM - 12PM Date: April 12,2018 Who will be there: Investors, by invitation only.

Agenda: 9:00 AM - 9:30AM Breakfast (tacos)

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Kelly Ernst, CEO of Redenim

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Tom Bachar, CEO of Pei

11:00 - 11:30 AM Sonya Petcavich, CEO of Meowtel

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Jonathan Gill, CEO of Backtracks

If you have not recieved an invitation but would like to attend, please email info@sputnikatx.com.

Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vivxuJPdy98

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Mar
23
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn: Patents For Startups

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Hosted by Austin's newest accelerator, Sputnik ATX, these Lunch and Learns will cover items from our curriculum. They will be taught by team members and VC's of Sputnik and sometimes, special guests. 

FREE lunch will be provided to the first few to arrive. 

Go here to see upcoming lunch & learns and RSVP. 

Please sign up in advance, because space is limited. There is no charge to attend if you're in the first group to arrive, otherwise be prepared to bring a lunch.

 

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Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

Totally Rad Tech @ Sputnik ATX ft. Live Music, Poetry, Food, Tech

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Remember when you got your first cell phone with a long antenna for sweet signal strength? Yeah. That wasn't long ago.

Sputnik ATX accelerator is back for the Austin Startup Crawl during SXSW!

For #FlashbackFriday, come kick it with your totally rad friends and celebrate how far we've come in tech since the 90's. VC's, fellow entrepreneurs, startup teams, job seekers and the Sputnik ATX accelerator team will be hanging here.

Featuring:

X Awesome bites and drinks by Peached Tortilla

X Sweet throwback tunes by City of Decades

X Custom startup poetry by CF-Poe Joe

X 90's / 2000's games

X Polaroid photo ops (shake it, shake-shake it)

**Special surprise from Sputnik Winter 2018 cohort founders

Tickets:

Get a Rad VIP pass to attend + reserve your custom poem by Sputnik VC, Joe Merrill

**Due to overwhelming response, we have added a "by donation" ticket option for those registerring after February 26 to help support all guests. Get ready for a serious flashback!

Location:

Sputnik ATX at 301 Congress Ave. Check out our view of Austin from the 22nd floor!

Sponsorship: If your business would like to sponsor Totally Rad Tech, please email info@sputnikatx.com.

Here's where to find the rest of the rad community during the event:

Follow the party and feel free to post about your rad tech flashbacks at these hashtags:

#RadTech #SputnikATX #ATXStartupCrawl #SXSWStartupCrawl

Here's how much fun we had last year:

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Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn: How to Raise Your First Round

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Hosted by Austin's newest accelerator, Sputnik ATX, these Lunch and Learns will cover items from our curriculum. They will be taught by team members and VC's of Sputnik and sometimes, special guests. 

FREE lunch will be provided to the first few to arrive. 

Go here to see upcoming lunch & learns and RSVP. 

Please sign up in advance, because space is limited. There is no charge to attend if you're in the first group to arrive, otherwise be prepared to bring a lunch.

 

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Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn: Tools to Take Your Business International

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Hosted by Austin's newest accelerator, Sputnik ATX, these Lunch and Learns will cover items from our curriculum. They will be taught by team members and VC's of Sputnik and sometimes, special guests. 

FREE lunch will be provided to the first few to arrive. 

Go here to see upcoming lunch & learns and RSVP. 

Please sign up in advance, because space is limited. There is no charge to attend if you're in the first group to arrive, otherwise be prepared to bring a lunch.

 

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Jan
22
12:00 PM12:00

Volusion X Sputnik ATX present: How to Quickly Build Your Online Store

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Buy 1 ticket for charity and you can bring a friend for free

Volusion X Sputnik ATX accelerator present: How to Quickly Build Your Online Store

Hear from Jay Motwani, Director of Sales at Volusion on how to avoid overcomplicating your launch and quickly build and manage your online store.

Volusion is a leader in ecommerce solutions for online businesses, based in Austin, TX. Volusion provides shopping cart software for thousands of customers worldwide, including market leaders like Disney, Motorola, Chicago Tribune, 3M and Crutchfield.

INCLUDED IN YOUR TICKET (for you + your friend):

**Session on how to build your online store by Jay Motwani

**Food and drinks from our sponsor

**Breakout session afterward where e-commerce professionals will be available to assist and advise you on your online store

Your ticket is $5, which will be donated to United Way for Greater Austin. You can purchase tickets online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-quickly-build-your-online-store-tickets-41835441933

BIG THANKS to our sponsor, Trinet!

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Dec
11
1:00 PM13:00

VC / Entrepreneur BBQ

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Hey, guess what? We're preordering Stubbs BBQ for 10 people to join us for lunch at our office on December 11. The catch: you have to have lunch with a VC. 

Answer the following question and we'll announce the winners in two weeks. (To answer, make a post here or on twitter with #b2cbbq)

What's a B2C company that should exist? 

Location: Our office at 301 Congress 22nd Floor

~~~Thank you to our sponsor, TriNet, cloud-based HR for startups!~~~

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Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

MEDICAL MEET UPS

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Join us on November 8, 2017 at Russian House Austin for our first medical meet up, organized by Dr. Chris Bingham. Open to all medical professionals, each meet up will include :

  • Business training for medical professionals taken from our amazing curriculum
  • Awesome guest speaker
  • Medical technology guest company
  • A great dinner (an Austin prerequisite, but important to mention)

Our first meet up will focus on marketing, with a special emphasis on finding new patients online. Our special guest speaker will be Jock Crockett from the Practice Cafe, the leading US provider for dental digital media and finding patients online. While they may be a dental patient specialist, they will cover strategies and techniques that apply to all medical professionals seeking to grow their practice.

Tickets online only at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medical-meetups-dinner-the-business-of-medicine-tickets-39090059420

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Entrepreneur's BBQ Contest
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Entrepreneur's BBQ Contest

Each month, we host a BBQ lunch at our offices in downtown Austin. We invite a handful of entrepreneurs to enter their responses to the question of the month to win spots at the lunch. The last two caterers have been Austin's own Franklin's and Salt Lick. 

Since you're on our website, you get a heads up on the October BBQ question: What is the best resource for startups in Austin that nobody knows about?

We'll announce the contest with this question on social media this month, so stay tuned!

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AUSTIN START UP CRAWL
Oct
12
5:00 PM17:00

AUSTIN START UP CRAWL

Photos from this event here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/152636076@N03/albums/72157687033065891

 

 

Join us on October 12, 2017 from 5pm to 10pm as we host a stop on the Austin Start Up Crawl.  Live music, cool start-ups, VCs, and best of all, we have business poetry. Yeah, you know you want some!

Custom poems will be written on the spot by our own business poet laureate, and if you don't get one, don't worry, we have ten start up virtues immortalized in a poetry series of our own that you can take home.

To RSVP to our stop, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2012056679037436/

To RSVP to the rest of Capital Factory's crawl, download the app: http://info.capitalfactory.com/atxstartupcrawl

 To RSVP to the rest of Capital Factory's crawl, download the app: http://info.capitalfactory.com/atxstartupcrawl

To RSVP to the rest of Capital Factory's crawl, download the app: http://info.capitalfactory.com/atxstartupcrawl

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Oct
4
4:00 PM16:00

Sputnik Launch

Photos from our launch party can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8V2ELC

On October 4th, 1957 the Sputnik 1 satellite launched and set the stage for a new era of technological innovation in the Space Age. On the 60th anniversary of that day, the Sputnik ATXaccelerator is launching. 

Sputnik ATX will cultivate an ecosystem of hard-working nerds, investors, training and mentoring so startups can reach their full potential. Sputnik means partner in Russian and Sputnik ATX wants to be your partner for take-off. 

 

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Fundraising for Female Entrepreneurs
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Fundraising for Female Entrepreneurs

Photos from the event can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8V2ELC

Velero is honored to announce a special event focused on fundraising strategies for women entrepreneurs with featured speakers Kerry Rupp and Kelsey August. Kerry and Kelsey will discuss a range of topics relevant to women who are raising capital to launch or grow their businesses. Together they bring the perspectives of both venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as extensive experience as successful entrepreneurs.

Please join us on the evening of Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30PM at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. Come out and network with entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the Austin business community and startup scene. The event will also be live-streamed for the benefit of a broader audience outside of Austin.

Live stream link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYzEJU1x42rVXjNsJDeA4ww/live

Special thanks to our sponsors, Sputnik ATX and Carroll Counsel!


About Kerry Rupp:

Kerry Rupp is General Partner at True Wealth Ventures. The True Wealth Ventures investment thesis is that women-led companies perform better financially, yet are an untapped market for investors since only 3% of venture dollars go to women-led start-ups and 15% to those with a woman on the leadership team. In addition, since women make 85% of consumer purchase decisions and 80% of healthcare decisions, True Wealth Ventures believes there are additional advantages for companies with women on the management team in designing products for, selling to and servicing these women customers in these markets.

For over 20 years, Kerry Rupp has launched, developed and grown startup companies and new lines of business for established firms.

As CEO and General Partner at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund, Kerry was directly involved with the launch of over 150 companies. During her 5-year tenure with DreamIt, she grew its programs to five cities, raised a $20M follow-on fund, and initiated the DreamIt Access (minority entrepreneur), DreamIt Athena (female entrepreneur), and DreamIt Health programs. DreamIt companies in aggregate now have a market value of over $1B.

Before DreamIt, Kerry was herself the founder of an online travel service, Holiday Golightly, which organized unique group travel excursions for women. She has also advised senior executives at Allrecipes.com, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo on strategy, business development and marketing. Kerry began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). In addition to consulting, Kerry serves as a mentor at Capital Factory and International Accelerator and on the advisory board of Medical Innovation Labs, a platform for commercializing innovations in the medical device field.

Kerry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology from Duke University. Kerry volunteers on the leadership teams of Women@Austin, The Angel Forum, and the Austin chapters of Harvard Business School Alumni Club, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels and the DukeGEN Global Entrepreneurship Network. Kerry is also a judge or coach on many local and national start-up competitions (e.g., athenahealth, Harvard Business School, Rice University Business Plan Competition, TiE Texas, Energizing Health Houston, Texas Venture Labs, AARP Health Innovation). She is also a nationally-certified instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovations Corps (I-Corps) program. Kerry is also an avid adventurer that has visited over 50 countries and 49 US states.

About Kelsey August

Kelsey August is the owner of Lone Star Direct, a marketing firm she founded at 24 years old. She is also the CEO of Bona Dea Gluten Free, an Ancient Grain Baking Mix company. She has been a serial entrepreneur for the last two decades. She loves to create and grow business ventures.

Kelsey has been a Board Member and President of EO, The Entrepreneurs Organization; has served on the Board of Athletics for Ohio University and was also the President of the American Marketing Association. She has won distinguished awards along the way including being an Austin Under Forty Winner and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist as well as the youngest female entrepreneur to make the Inc 500 fastest growing company list.

Kelsey has been an active Angel Investor since 1998. She enjoys mentoring her portfolio companies. She has participated as a mentor in SKU (formerly Incubation Station) and is also on the Board of CTAN (Central Texas Angel Network).
 

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