Launch Your Startup! with FounderTrac

Raise capital, learn from a proven curriculum and receive one-on-one mentoring to scale your company. Apply for the 2018 FounderTrac Cohort.

- 50+ Angels at the last Demo Day & Dedicated VC
- Full Curriculum w/ Hands-on Custom Mentoring
- Fractional Access to C-Level Executives
- Alumni Program & MIT Licensed Mentoring

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What People Are Saying

"We are so excited to fund this innovative collaboration between Launch Annapolis, Maryland Tech Council and MCVC Partners to give Maryland companies the training, mentoring and funding they need to be top tier companies. FoundersTrac rocks!"

George Davis
CEO at TEDCO

"FounderTrac was a fantastic learning, growing, and networking experience for FREY, and connected us to an amazing array of experienced people within our community. On top of the education, we walked away with two new close mentors (who joined our advisory board in an official capacity) as well as one of our first investors. Highly recommend FounderTrac!"

Leif Frey
Cofounder, FREY

"Thank you for the opportunity to be a sherpa. It's one of the coolest and most rewarding things that I've done."

Carolyn Groobey
Sherpa

"As a first-time entrepreneur with an engineering background, FounderTrac was the linchpin to my entrance into the complex world of startups to learn how to form a business, do market research to find a product-market fit, market and sell my product and raise venture capital to accelerate my growth"

Matt Daue
Cofounder, Iotia Corporation
This program was created by founders for founders.
The FounderTrac Curriculum was created and is maintained to help founders accelerate the creation and expansion of high-growth companies. FounderTrac sits at the intersection of scholarship and practice by combining today’s prevailing research with the experiential perspective of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Each of the the 6 work session build upon one another.
Session #1
Financing Your Startup: How to Make your Company Fundable
Tuesday August 14th, 2018 - Evening
- Complete a Business Model Canvas
- Review financing options for your startup
- Assemble your pitch deck & financial projections
Session #2
Idea to Revenue: How to Validate your Startup Product
Tuesday August 28th, 2018 - Evening
- How to conduct proper market research to move towards Product/ Market Fit
-Identify Huge Opportunities to Disrupt your Market
- Avoid costly product development mistakes by using formal validation processes
Session #3
Product Positioning: Connect your Solution with the Market Need
Tuesday September 11th, 2018 - Evening
- Use the Brand Blocks systems to identify powerful improvements to your company's market position
- Learn how to develop a brand and business personality to attract your target audience
- Develop positioning action plan
Session #3
Startup Branding: How to Position your Company for Success
Tuesday September 11th, 2018 - Evening
- Use the Brand Blocks systems to identify powerful improvements to your company's market position
- Learn how to develop a brand and business personality to attract your target audience
- Develop positioning action plan
Session #3
Startup Branding: How to Position your Company for Success
Tuesday September 11th, 2018 - Evening
- Use the Brand Blocks systems to identify powerful improvements to your company's market position
- Learn how to develop a brand and business personality to attract your target audience
- Develop positioning action plan
Session #3
Startup Branding: How to Position your Company for Success
Tuesday September 11th, 2018 - Evening
- Use the Brand Blocks systems to identify powerful improvements to your company's market position
- Learn how to develop a brand and business personality to attract your target audience
- Develop positioning action plan
Session #4
Product Development for Startups: Roadmap to Product/Market Fit
Tuesday September 25th, 2018 - Evening
- Establish your product development strategy and standards
- Learn the Strategy of UX/UI Design & Development that will establish your presence in the market
- Learn how to lead a scalable product development team that delivers with speed and performance
Session #4
Product Development for Startups: Roadmap to Product/Market Fit
Tuesday September 25th, 2018 - Evening
- Establish your product development strategy and standards
- Learn the Strategy of UX/UI Design & Development that will establish your presence in the market
- Learn how to lead a scalable product development team that delivers with speed and performance
Session #5
Sales & Marketing: Creating Repeatable & Scalable Systems
Tuesday October 9th, 2018 - Evening
- How to build a united revenue team across sales, marketing, and product development
- Establish your Go-To-Market strategy, ramp up plan
- Learn how to access real market signal by building sales and marketing systems
Session #6
Business Building: Creating a Company that can Be Acquired
Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 - Evening
- Legal Structures and Intellectual property
- Operational Gaps and how to complete your Founding Team
- Establish compatible business systems for M&A
- Introduction to the MIT Licensed Mentoring Program
Session #6
Business Building: Creating a Company that can Be Acquired
Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 - Evening
- Legal Structures and Intellectual property 
- Operational Gaps and how to complete your Founding Team
- Establish compatible business systems for M&A
- Introduction to the MIT Licensed Mentoring Program
Session #6
Business Building: Creating a Company that can Be Acquired
Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 - Evening
- Legal Structures and Intellectual property 
- Operational Gaps and how to complete your Founding Team
- Establish compatible business systems for M&A
- Introduction to the MIT Licensed Mentoring Program
FounderTrac is a very limited opportunity. There will only be a handful of startups accepted. Apply now to be a part of the 2018 cohort.

FounderTrac Mentors

As a member of the 2018 FounderTrac Cohort you will have access to the following mentors and organizations to help you launch your startup.
Tami Howie
CEO at MTC, Attorney
Jeffrey C. Mund
Founder @ MCVC Partners
Beau Oliver
CEO, Innovation & Leadership
Ryan Sears
Blockchain, Serial Entrepreneur
Prof. Dr. Timothy C. Summers
Hacker, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneur
Carolyn Groobey
FinTech, Payments, Coder
Lori Kavle
Biz Dev, Raising Capital
Phil Robertson
Biz Dev, Raising Capital
Nisha Desai
Investor, Ops Restructuring, ESG Alpha
Julianne Hemingway
Angel Investor, B2B/B2C, Biz Dev
Adam Bixler
Cybersecurity, Entrepreneur, Product
Kathleen Booth
Inbound Marketing, Scalable Sales
Tricia Dyer
Brand Strategist & Design
Ermis Sfakiyanudis
Raising Capital, Growth, Cybersecurity
Bryant Lee
Startup IP Attorney
Bill Carey
B2C, Customer Acquisition
Lauren McFerrin
Ecommerce, Merchandising
Greg Stone
IP Attorney
Dean Papadopoulos
Company Formation, Data Analytics
LaToya Staten
Pitch Coach, Cybersecurity

How it Works

12 Week Curriculum
Accepted applicants will be taken through a 12 week educational curriculum that includes 6 small-group work sessions led by business leaders that provide the education and tools needed to grow your company. Throughout the program you will also be building a pitch deck and practicing your investor pitch. You will receive feedback from VCs and entrepreneurs that have raised capital.

You will also be connected with a “Sherpa” that will work with you individually to create a customized plan to help your company reach its goals. Sherpas are experienced and successful entrepreneurs and executives dedicated to having a significant positive impact on your business in the short term.

Demo Day, held November 6th, 2018, is a public event attended by investors, press, entrepreneurs and other members of the startup community. This will be an amazing opportunity to get exposure and attract the resources that you need to take your company to the next level! A founder/cofounder from your team must attend and pitch at this event in order to graduate from FounderTrac.

Investment Opportunity
FounderTrac cohort members have an opportunity to meet investors during the program and at the conclusion of the program at a privately hosted Demo Day. FounderTrac's last Demo Day had 200+ attendees including 50+ Angels and VCs. FounderTrac is supported by the venture firm MCVC Partners. In support of FounderTrac they have committed to attracting great companies to Maryland and to supporting the graduates of FounderTrac. From our broad investor group, the last FounderTrac cohort raised 2.5M+ from the inception of the program up until Demo Day, and they raised additional money following Demo Day.

Ongoing Support
After the 12 Week educational curriculum and demo day, the experience does not end. You will continue to have access to the FounderTrac virtual platform (FounderTrac Alumni) to connect with the ever growing mentor network and other founders from your cohort. Along the way we will have the opportunity to apply to the Maryland Tech Council’s MIT licensed Mentor program that offers ongoing support that supplies a team of custom-matched mentors.

See the Requirements Section for more info.
FounderTrac is a very limited opportunity. There will only be a handful of startups accepted. Apply now to be a part of the 2018 cohort.

Requirements: Who is this for?

- Highly scalable business model (no small businesses)
- The product uniquely solves a problem for a large addressable market
- Less than $500,000 in annualized revenue
- Company Stage: Anywhere from concept to generating revenue
- Considering taking outside investment

While Attending FounderTrac you will..

- Meet outstanding entrepreneurs, investors & advisors
- Pitch at the Demo Day (200+ in attendance, 50+ Angels/VCs at the last demo day)
- Pitch to active angels and VCs and receive feedback during the program
- Receive 1-on-1 mentoring from highly successful entrepreneurs/executives
- Form a professional pitch deck reviewed by active investors
- Learn how to pitch your company to investors
- Learn proven techniques to build and sell a scalable product
- Receive valuable lessons on building a company from successful entrepreneurs/executives
- Apply to the MTC's MIT licensed mentoring programing for ongoing support after the 12 week course
- Receive free 1 Year Individual Membership to the Maryland Tech Council ($250 Value)
- Become a member of the FounderTrac 2018 Cohort- Ongoing access after the program through FounderTrac Alumni Platform

Timeline & Details

- May 1st, 2018: Application Open
- June 24th, 2018: Application Deadline
- July 17th, 2018: Announce the FounderTrac Fall Cohort
- July 31st, 2018: Cohort Kickoff!
- November 6th, 2018: Demo Day!

There is no fee to apply or enter the program. FounderTrac does not take any equity upon admission into the program. To graduate, you must be accepted into the program and attend a minimum 5 of the 6 work sessions. It is also required that a founder/cofounder attends and pitches at the demo day.
FounderTrac is a very limited opportunity. There will only be a handful of startups accepted. Apply now to be a part of the 2018 cohort.