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Founder's Hat

Wearing lots of hats as a founder?
This program is for you.

Applications are now closed. 

Entrepreneurs and startup founders face unique challenges because to be successful they must take on and execute a diverse number of roles within their business or organization. To put it simply, they wear lots of different hats.

The Founder’s Hat Program creates a confidential (virtual) space where similar stage, cross-industry founders can foster relationships and discuss challenges, accomplishments, and goals in a peer-to-peer fashion.

Founders can expect to:

  • Improve your ability to take on many different roles and responsibilities demanded by your business.
  • Build a close-knit founder-to-founder network of trusted individuals within the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Learn from insightful discussions facilitated by Ascender’s Senior Advisor and serial entrepreneur Craig Markovitz.
  • Gain new tools and best practices to lead and grow your business.

Who should apply: 

  • Must commit to attending all sessions. 
  • Founder or founding members only. 
  • Business must be in the prototype to revenue-generating stage.
  • Pittsburgh and Southwestern PA businesses are preferred.

Important Dates: 

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM
  • Notice of Acceptance: Monday, October 26, 2020

Sessions (8:30 – 10 AM):

  • The Founder Hat: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
  • The Team Leader Hat: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • The Sales & Branding Hat: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
  • The Fundraiser Hat: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
  • The Wellness Hat: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Session topics are subject to change.

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