ELEVATE NEXUS:

Elevate Origins

Virtual group learning, one-on-one coaching, and live pitch practice for pre-seed and seed startups.

Two distinct tracks

Pre-Seed Track

This track is specifically for aspiring entrepreneurs who may not have a business idea yet, or for startups that have not yet generated revenue. It is also for entrepreneurship instructors/faculty who are looking to supplement their classwork with institutional investor-designed programming.

Seed Track

This track is reserved for revenue-generating startups and for life science companies that have completed pre-clinical trials. This training places a greater emphasis on developing business models, pitch decks, and executive summaries from lessons learned and data collected.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

Pre-Seed Track

  • What it takes to be an entrepreneur and launch a startup
  • The ideation process to find impactful problems to solve
  • How to interview the market to validate the severity of the problem, market size, and current solutions for the problem (competition)
  • How to identify the optimal solution to a problem
  • Best practices in recruiting a team of co-founders and advisors
  • Expectations for early stage capital raising
  • How to build a go-to-market strategy; including business model, marketing/sales strategy, milestones, and the ask
  • How to put it all together in a 10-slide pitch deck and practice pitching
  • All the tools needed to compete for an Elevate Nexus Regional Pre-Seed Award of $20,000
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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

Seed Track

  • Learn expectations for early-revenue startup fundraising
  • Develop and refine a pitch deck and executive summary tailored for seed round investors
  • Receive one-on-one coaching from Elevate Ventures Entrepreneurs-in-Residence
  • Have numerous pitch practice opportunities in front of peers and investment professionals
  • All the tools needed to compete for an Elevate Nexus Regional Pre-Seed Award of $80,000
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2022 Schedule

Schedules for spring and summer cohorts can be found below.
Fall cohort schedule will be available at a later date.

Spring Cohort Summer Cohort
Pre-Seed Only
PRE-SEED TRACK
All sessions are on Wednesdays
9:00 AM-10:00 AM ET
SEED TRACK
All sessions are Wednesdays
10:30 AM-12:00 PM ET
January 31, 2022 May 23, 2022 Application Deadline Application Deadline
February 4, 2022 May 27, 2022 Participants Notified Participants Notified
February 16, 2022 June 8, 2022 Session 1: Onboarding & Intro to Entrepreneurial Mindset Session 1: Onboarding & Intro to Executive Summary
February 23, 2022 June 15, 2022 Session 2: Ideation & Business Model Innovation Work Week
March 2, 2022 June 22, 2022 Work Week Session 2: Creating a Winning Pitch Deck
March 9, 2022 June 29, 2022 Session 3: Intro to Executive Summary & Pitch Deck Work Week
March 16, 2022 July 6, 2022 Work Week Session 3: Pitch Deck Iteration & How to Pitch to Investors
March 23, 2022 July 13, 2022 Session 4: Pitch Deck Iteration & How to Pitch to Investors Session 4: Coaching & Peer Pitch Practice
March 30, 2022 July 20, 2022 Session 5: Coaching & Peer Pitch Practice Session 5: Pitch Deck Design & Peer Pitch Practice
April 6, 2022 July 27, 2022 Practice Pitch Day with Elevate Ventures

Not a fit for Origins?

Growth stage companies are welcome to participate in the Elevate Origins Seed Program, although these companies may find greater benefit in direct assistance from an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. To get started, select the topic “Direct Investment” in the Elevate Ventures application.