StartupsForStudents.com

LEARN About Startups… While LAUNCHING Startups!

“Startups For Students” is one of many programs run by StartupWhatever.com, based on ReThinkingStartups.com Thoughts & Theories.

*** NOTE: SITE WILL BE UPDATED SOON WITH DATES & DETAILS FOR 2019 ***


SESSIONS (and Tentative Dates)

We run part-time sessions year-round, and full-time sessions in conjunction with students’ academic break schedules — Summer Break (~3 months), Winter Break (~3 weeks).

LOCATIONS:

Atlanta

“Startups For Students” participants will work from a combination of Atlanta-based startup hubs (potentially to include: Atlanta Tech Village, Switchyards Downtown Club, Ponce City Market, and others). Exact locations for each session will be announced but all will be in Atlanta and accessible via public transportation (so a car is not required).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

*Spoiler Alert: We believe there are many problems stemming indirectly from certain words and definitions (What IS a Startup? an Entrepreneur? Please, ask 5 different people what their definitions of those two words and let me know how many different responses you receive!) So, SalesLoft and Calendly are startups? And all the pre-revenue companies that pitch each month at ATV and Switchyards are also startups?!?

With guidance/mentorship from experienced startup founders, you will actually start/run REAL ventures (what we refer to as Starter Startups)*


  • LEARNING WHILE LAUNCHING
    (and, hopefully, EARNING WHILE LEARNING!)
  • MANAGE & MARKET (& MONETIZE?)
  • PICK & PROMOTE (& PROFIT?)
    Individually and/or in Teams, Select which “Starter Startups” you will work on (via draft format) and actually share in REAL PROFITS from the projects in your startup portfolio!
  • #CollaborativeCompetitions and #CompetitiveCollaborations
    Collaborate
    with other program participants, but also compete against each other for additional profits and prizes (based on criteria such as: product sales, ad revenue, web traffic, social media engagement, etc.).

PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE:

  • Experience, Education, and Mentoring
  • *Share of Profits* from YOUR designated projects/products — 
    [Individual Incentive to COMPETE]
  • *Share of Profits* from ALL TEAMS’ PROJECTS — 
    [Group Incentive to COLLABORATE]
  • *Winners of various contests and challenges receive additional perks/prizes/profits*
  • At the conclusion of the program, all participants are given the opportunity to negotiate for continued/ongoing participation (profit-sharing and/or real ownership/equity if venture is spun off into separate LLC) for any venture you feel you can provide ongoing value!

OUR HOPE IS TO FIND SOME LONG-TERM PARTNERS AND CO-FOUNDERS!

* Note: “Profits” are defined as revenue minus expenses, accrual-based accounting, for duration of program, AND for 30 days after program concludes.

SUGGESTED (optional) BACKGROUND READING


A few benefits of “STARTER STARTUPS” specifically for FIRST-TIME Founders:

  • Learn while doing; an easy way to gain startup experience
  • Get WAY MORE experience in WAY MORE areas than any traditional internship
  • Make mistakes before they really matter
  • Find out if you actually like startup life
  • See how well you work with potential FUTURE partners, co-founders, employees, etc.
  • Crawl. Then Walk. Then Run. You can always attempt to take it bigger later — expanding to larger markets, adding new products/services, pivoting to a bigger idea and/or consciously moving from “low risk / low reward” to “higher risk / higher reward”
  • All of the above without quitting your day job (or while you’re still a student!), without risking a lot of money (yours or investors’), without wasting a lot of time, etc.

Obviously the part-time “Starter Startups” thing is not going to work for all startups (or all entrepreneurs!), but there are MANY startup business concepts that can be launched/tested quickly and inexpensively… particularly those based around some of our ViralWhatever.com “Lessons Learned”


POTENTIALLY INTERESTED?

Send an email, telling us about yourself, your interests, your experience, your availability, etc. [Spoiler Alert: If you send a generic letter that gives no indication that you’ve read anything about us, there’s a 96.3% chance you won’t hear back from us.]

info@StartupWhatever.com

(We also have MANY other opportunities to get involved with out stuff — as an intern, or even as a partner or co-founder!)

Contact Us / Work With Us! INFO @ STARTUPWHATEVER.COM