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Startup Events & Education

The following organizations routinely offer or publicize programs, events or conferences of interest to both entrepreneurs and investors.

Brand Collective
Annual invite-only summit that brings together top brand executives from the world’s most successful companies to talk, live and breathe innovation in California’s wine country. Brand leaders across verticals and industries share their insights, experiences and strategies on different innovation models one-on-one, in small discussion groups, and through social activities. Discuss different corporate innovation models with senior execs who have learned through hands on experience. 

Cooper U
Courses, taught by our experienced teachers in San Francisco, improve the effectiveness of strategy and ideation as well as design and implementation. Examples of offerings: Interaction design, Visual interface design, UX Boot Camp, Mental Models and custom offerings.

Take free online classes from 120+ top universities and educational organizations. 

Gel conference
Spotlighting innovators creating a good experience - in tech, business, society and art. Subscribe to Mark Hurst's Creative Good newsletter. Next conference May 11-13, 2016 in NYC.

Microlearning library providing the tools and skills employees need to do their best work.

The Lean LaunchPad (EP245)
This online class from Steve Blank hosted by Udacity on how to build a startup will start on Sept 14, 2012. Preview it here.

Intensive 3 day workshop on lean startup methodologies. 

MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB)
Non profit organization founded to foster the growth and success of entrepreneurial ventures.

One Million by One Million
A global initiative that aims to nurture a million entrepreneurs to reach a million dollars each in annual revenue and beyond by 2020, thereby creating a trillion dollars in global GDP and ten million jobs. 1m1m offers a case-study-based online educational program, video lectures, lean, capital-efficient methodology guidance, online strategy consulting at public and private roundtables, as well as introductions to customers, channel partners and investors (pre-seed, seed, angel, VC, bank, alternative financing)

O’Reilly Conferences
From data science and open software to web performance, publishing innovation, and beyond, O'Reilly technology conferences create a space for alpha geeks, thought leaders, and decision makers to collaborate face to face. We translate the knowledge of innovators into useful skills and practical applications that can change the way you do business, and change the world. 

A global community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change that hosts an annual conference every October in Camden, ME.

Silicon Valley StartupDigest
Free weekly email to help you meet people and learn more in the tech start up world.

South by Southwest (SXSW)
Plans and executes conferences, trade shows, festivals and other events. Current roster of events include SXSW Music, SXSW Film, SXSW Interactive, SXSWedu, and SXSWeco, which take place every spring (March 11-20, 2016) except SXSWeco, which takes place in October, all in Austin, Texas. 

Startup Grind
An events-based community for entrepreneurs started in the Silicon Valley in Feb 2010 by Derek Andersen. SG now has monthly events in 20 cities worldwide (Austin, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Toronto, Ottawa, Baltimore, Singapore, Tel Aviv, London and Sydney etc. and growing).

StartUp Leadership Program
SLP is a highly selective, 80-hour / 12 class, 6-month fee based training program and lifetime network for founders and innovators.  The program is offered in various cities throughout the US (Boston, Chicago, NYC, Seattle, Silicon Valley, San Diego) as well as various locations throughout EMEA, Asia and Australia to entrepreneurs focused on Technology, Lifesciences, Clean Tech, or Social Enterprise.

Startup Weekend
54 hour startup event that provides networking, resources, and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch. Get connected with local developers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Build community, start startups. Startup Weekend was founded in 2007 by Andrew Hyde with the concept of a conference focusing on learning by creating. 

TechCrunch Disrupt
TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies, and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties. The next Disrupt will be held May 9 - 11, 2016 in NYC. On 
September 12-14, 2016, TechCrunch will be back in San Francisco

Along with two annual conferences, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize. TEDSummit 2016 will be held June 26-30, 2016 in Banff, AB, Canada. TED2017 (The Future You) will be held April 24-28, 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Get a new job or advance your career with courses built by industry leaders like Google, Amazon and Facebook.

Online learning platform (website) that allows instructors to host courses. Checking out "Raising Money for Startups" for $19 or "How to Create an Awesome Demo Video for Your Business" for $297.

Vator - Voice of the Entrepreneur
Place for emerging startup companies to showcase and market themselves, and share their news. The next Vator Splash event will be held on May 12, 2016 in Oakland. 

Premier “go-to” organization for investors. We address the crucial issues and concerns in the venture community and produce workshops, roundtable meetings and panel events that provide tactical and strategic insights and information for both investors and portfolio companies.

WebWallflower Events
Source for Bay Area start up events. 

Women 2.0
Organization focused on the launch of technology startups with at least one female co-founder.

World Congress
Leading global provider of finance, health care, pharmaceutical, marketing, and legal conferences, forges communities by convening senior executives to connect, collaborate and engage. Annual flagship event is The World Health Care Congress and its overseas counterpart, World Health Care Congress Europe.