Accelerating Startup Partnership and Investment Readiness

startups become investment and partnership ready with ASPIRE

ASPIRE is an intense experiential workshop that prepares startups for the investments and partnerships necessary to launch their ventures.

For Startups:

  • Work product. You will work on due diligence and deal documents alongside investors, mentors, and potential corporate partners.
  • No Demo Day. This is not a pitch competition.
  • Stress Tests.  You will face real-world scenarios of “startup disasters.”
  • Engaged mentorship.  You will work with stellar mentors over a series of dedicated days.
  • Network building.  You can connect with top industry mentors, investors, and partners.

For Mentors:

  • Engage with entrepreneurs over a series of days.
  • Exposure to early-stage deal opportunities.
  • Network with like-minded peers.

Startups leave ASPIRE workshops with: Skills and knowledge to engage partners + Ability to articulate milestones for financing + Commercial and technical development plan + Governance resource kit

impact numbers:

  • 93% of participants from 2015-2016 are still working on their ventures as of February 2017
  • 78% or participants in 2015-2016 reported they have made major pivots or improvements
  • Companies that participated in 2015-2016 have raised $15M+ collectively

Learn how you can get involved and implement ASPIRE


ASPIRE is presented through the generous support of The Lemelson Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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