Incubation Meetups – Company Check-in

Wednesday May 19 4:00PM
Event for 2020-2021 Incubation Cohort. To learn more about our Incubation program, visit: https://ascenderpgh.com/incubation/

Real Talk – What’s the Difference: Prototypes vs. Pilot Tests

Tuesday May 25 4:00PM
Join Ascender's lively virtual Real Talk - What's the Difference: Prototypes vs. Pilot Tests to connect with startup founders and industry experts and discuss pressing questions entrepreneurs face right now. At Real Talk, entrepreneurs set the agenda. When you register, send us your questions in advance, and startup founders will discuss them during the live session.

In May, our conversation will focus on the differences between prototypes and pilot tests and what it takes to test your product or service's feasibility and usability. We'll be joined by Tomer Borenstein, Co-Founder and CTO at BlastPoint, and JJ Xu, Founder and CEO at TalkMeUp.

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Member Event – Ascender Book Club

Wednesday June 2 12:00PM
Join other Ascender members for a casual conversation about books you are enjoying lately.

Ready to Raise Funds? Funding Considerations for Startups

Thursday June 3 4:00PM

Businesses need capital to grow, but how do you know when your startup or small business is ready to begin fundraising? The answer isn't always a dwindling bank account.

Launching and completing a successful fundraising round—whether from venture capital, grants, loans, or additional sources—requires a thoughtful and intentional plan. Serial entrepreneurs (and serious fundraisers), Christine Ferguson-Rau and Craig Markovitz, will guide you through the process of using data to drive your decisions and help you gain a sense of when it's time to start fundraising. Christine and Craig will also cover the pros and cons of different funding sources and strategies to develop a fundraising plan that is actionable, appropriate, and reaches the right people.

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Real Talk with Investors

Tuesday June 29 4:00PM

Join Ascender's lively virtual Real Talk with Investors to connect with startup investors and discuss what it takes to get investment for your business and other pressing questions entrepreneurs face right now. At Real Talk, entrepreneurs set the agenda. When you register, send us your questions in advance, and our guests will discuss them during the live session.

In June, we'll be joined by Kathryn Cartini, Co-Founder & Partner of Chloe Capital, and Evan J. Segal, Angel/Seed Investor at 412 Venture Fund and Segal Ventures.

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