12:00 PM12:00

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


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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12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn


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 10 who show up. 

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 10 to arrive, otherwise be prepared to bring a lunch.


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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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7:30 PM19:30



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
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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5:00 PM17:00


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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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
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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