Startup Boost is a Dublin based training and coaching company providing a mentorship platform for startups and emerging companies that are not yet ready to apply for accelerator or venture capital investments. The company trains its members to gain traction by providing resources and guidance from entrepreneurs and investors. As of March 2019, the company has helped over 80 startup companies. The service is provided free and operates in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, London, Toronto, and Dublin.
The mentorship project is a 6-week pre-accelerator program run by volunteer city directors in different cities with collaboration with local entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders. The company announces events for which local emerging startups can apply to join. The startups get one-on-one time with mentors with keynote speakers each week on startup management.
The 6-week schedule includes:
- Introduction to speakers, mentors, and the program
- Customer Development focuses on understanding customer requirement and engagement
- Pitch and Presentation Skills
- Market Sizing for market analysis
- Building Products that Matter focuses on product development
- Venture Funding and Accelerators focuses on dealing with venture capital investors and accelerators
After the event, the attending startups get access to global alumni of startups attending the event at other locations. The company also helps startups with an introduction to potential local investors, customers, and angel investors.
Virtual Demo Day
The Virtual Demo Day is an event where visitors can get access to a collection of startup pitches from its 6-week program. The 2018 Virtual Demo Day contained pitches from 25 startups from Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and Dublin.
Gene Murphy, Chris Kay, and Blake Caldwell co-founded the company on March 17, 2017, and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. The company ran its first Startup Boosts mentorship program in fall of 2018.
Techstars and Startup Boost Partner to Support Earlier-Stage Entrepreneurs Globally
Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and Startup Boost, a global pre-accelerator program, announces partnership to run Startup Boost programs for pre-seed, early stage entrepreneurs around the world.