Founder’s Hat Series
The Founder’s Hat Series creates a safe space for founders to discuss the challenging roles (or ‘hats’ they wear) in a peer-to-peer fashion (think support group). Each series includes a group leader, or successful serial entrepreneur. The group leader helps to start off the conversation with a short introduction. The group leader acts as facilitator for the meetings, interjecting lessons learned along the way.
Founders who attend this series will improve their ability to take on many different roles and responsibilities demanded by their business, while building an intimate founder-to-founder network of trusted individuals within the Pittsburgh entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Participants will be accepted through a short application process. Each attendee should be a founder, founding member, or core team member of a startup or non-profit. Multiple team members from one business or multiple businesses from the same networks (i.e. work at the same coworking space) will not be chosen to participate in order to create a free sharing environment. Priority will be given to attendees in cross-industry, similar stages of business.
What Participants get from the experience:
- Increased sense of self-awareness
- Space to share the ups and downs of startup life
- Space to learn peer to peer/create founder network
The Founder’s Hat Series is facilitated by Ascender EIR Craig Markovitz. Craig is also an Entrepreneur in Residence in the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and an Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Craig is the co-founder of Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based robotics company that was acquired in 2016 for $275 million. Learn more about Craig »
Who Should Attend?
I have an idea
I've started a company
I’m growing a company
Founder's Hat Curriculum
All events will take place from 8:30–10:30AM at Ascender in East Liberty, Pittsburgh
Apply for the 2019 Founder's Hat Series
Deadline to apply is May 24th at 5:00PM.