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What does your
support network do
for you?
Alan Ward
Founders’ Assembly / @mcrStartups / Besteno
Value to you
What do you
receive?
What do you give?
Camaraderie
Opinion
Advice
“Free” consultancy
Leads
Knowledge
Yourself
Your experience
Your skills
Your skills & time
Connections to
others
Your knowledge
Value to your startup
Think about a recent support event:
Did it save you more time than you spent
attending?
What else could you have done better with
your time?
How do you measure value?
My Decisions
Has Besteno progressed further by me attending
this event than if I’d worked on generating growth
instead?
The shorter your remaining runway, the more
support you need and the less you can provide
To pay it forward: help others when my runway is
long
To create a support event that works for Besteno
Founders’ Assembly
Founders’
Assembly
Originated
from
LeanManc
Accountability
Fortnightly
structured
peer-review +
peer-support
Scrum of non-
related
projects Mixed with
BrainTrust
ideas + PPP
Primarily tech
startups, but
open to all
scalable
startups
With a
Manchester
flavour
Thanks to The Assembly (assemblymcr) co-working space for being hosts
Members
The affordable managed
cloud telephony solution
“A chance to share constructive criticism
and validation of progress with
likeminded individuals.”
Find the best
of everything
“Relentless focus on progress. Forces
you to answer ‘What am I going to
achieve this week?’
A marketplace that gives, and keeps
giving, entrepreneurs a fighting chance at
success.
“Valuable networking and feedback
regarding problems and concerns in a
friendly environment with no hidden
agenda.”
Delivering the whole picture
“Because 10 minds are greater than 1”
Members
Helping you fulfill
your future travel
dreams
“great motivation to gather your
thoughts & prepare a report once a
fortnight, and gather feedback from
those doing a startup project & going
through the same process as me”
Simple, Intelligent
Collaboration
“Founder’s Assembly is an effective
support network where I can get help,
learn from other founders, and
contribute back!”
Find freelancers in minutes not
days
“…for the face-to-face learning and
advice from others, the feedback loop in
person isn’t something you can get
remotely”
Next Steps
Open to all. We all have different skills and experiences. Let’s
use them.
Come prepared to offer skills and time + a description of what
you need help with
Expect each attendee to donate half-a-day of time during (or
outside of) the event to help someone they’ve met during the
event.
Interested? Contact me: alan@alancward.co.uk or @alanward
1. Customer Development
2. Locate with more hosts
3. Opening-up to more established startups
4. Online recording and interim online sessions
5. Partnerships
6. Increase number of facilitators & number of attendees
7. Generate more Founders’ Assemblies across other cities*
Half-day
drop-in
session
Next Founders’ Assembly
http://foundersassembly6.eventbrite.co.uk/
Additional Slides
Founders’ Assembly Format
Introduction
Progress
Issues
Aims
Help
Discussion
Overview of MCRStartups
Influencing
stakeholders
Social Media
(@mcrstartups)
Collaboration Boutique Founders’ Assembly
MCRStartups
Common Aims – Overview
1. Build an eco-system in
Manchester that supports
tech startups without
excluding other sectors
2. Build the eco-system in
conjunction with the
startup founders
3. Provide support
necessary for early stage
tech startups
4. Attract (or obtain and
provide) relevant financial
support to early stage
tech startups
5. Develop an offering
attractive enough to retain
growing tech startups
within Greater Manchester
6. Build a city-wide
programme to grow early
stage tech startups from
inception through to first
1000 customers
7. Build a city-wide
programme to grow tech
startups from 1000
customers through to
profitability or to first
large commercial funding
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What does your support network do for you?

  • 1. What does your support network do for you? Alan Ward Founders’ Assembly / @mcrStartups / Besteno
  • 2. Value to you What do you receive? What do you give? Camaraderie Opinion Advice “Free” consultancy Leads Knowledge Yourself Your experience Your skills Your skills & time Connections to others Your knowledge
  • 3. Value to your startup Think about a recent support event: Did it save you more time than you spent attending? What else could you have done better with your time? How do you measure value?
  • 4. My Decisions Has Besteno progressed further by me attending this event than if I’d worked on generating growth instead? The shorter your remaining runway, the more support you need and the less you can provide To pay it forward: help others when my runway is long To create a support event that works for Besteno
  • 5. Founders’ Assembly Founders’ Assembly Originated from LeanManc Accountability Fortnightly structured peer-review + peer-support Scrum of non- related projects Mixed with BrainTrust ideas + PPP Primarily tech startups, but open to all scalable startups With a Manchester flavour Thanks to The Assembly (assemblymcr) co-working space for being hosts
  • 6. Members The affordable managed cloud telephony solution “A chance to share constructive criticism and validation of progress with likeminded individuals.” Find the best of everything “Relentless focus on progress. Forces you to answer ‘What am I going to achieve this week?’ A marketplace that gives, and keeps giving, entrepreneurs a fighting chance at success. “Valuable networking and feedback regarding problems and concerns in a friendly environment with no hidden agenda.” Delivering the whole picture “Because 10 minds are greater than 1”
  • 7. Members Helping you fulfill your future travel dreams “great motivation to gather your thoughts & prepare a report once a fortnight, and gather feedback from those doing a startup project & going through the same process as me” Simple, Intelligent Collaboration “Founder’s Assembly is an effective support network where I can get help, learn from other founders, and contribute back!” Find freelancers in minutes not days “…for the face-to-face learning and advice from others, the feedback loop in person isn’t something you can get remotely”
  • 8. Next Steps Open to all. We all have different skills and experiences. Let’s use them. Come prepared to offer skills and time + a description of what you need help with Expect each attendee to donate half-a-day of time during (or outside of) the event to help someone they’ve met during the event. Interested? Contact me: alan@alancward.co.uk or @alanward 1. Customer Development 2. Locate with more hosts 3. Opening-up to more established startups 4. Online recording and interim online sessions 5. Partnerships 6. Increase number of facilitators & number of attendees 7. Generate more Founders’ Assemblies across other cities* Half-day drop-in session
  • 12. Overview of MCRStartups Influencing stakeholders Social Media (@mcrstartups) Collaboration Boutique Founders’ Assembly MCRStartups
  • 13. Common Aims – Overview 1. Build an eco-system in Manchester that supports tech startups without excluding other sectors 2. Build the eco-system in conjunction with the startup founders 3. Provide support necessary for early stage tech startups 4. Attract (or obtain and provide) relevant financial support to early stage tech startups 5. Develop an offering attractive enough to retain growing tech startups within Greater Manchester 6. Build a city-wide programme to grow early stage tech startups from inception through to first 1000 customers 7. Build a city-wide programme to grow tech startups from 1000 customers through to profitability or to first large commercial funding round