Beyond our own backyard: Scaling to the US and beyond
Neighbourhood’s Expert in Residence - Viki Forrest
As founders, we often talk about ’scaling up’ -- but what does that actually mean? If you’re like 41% of Aussie founders, this includes significantly expanding sales outside Australia in the next 12 months. So let’s make it happen.
To help get your startup ready to scale internationally, Neighbourhood and The Hacker Exchange, with the support of LaunchVic, are excited to welcome US market expert, Viki Forrest, to Melbourne as our Entrepreneur in Expert in March 2019.
About the program
Over four transformative weeks, Viki Forrest will guide you through the following:
🇺🇸 US market overview: venture investment, political climate, impact on startups, cultural challenges
⚡ Ramping up your pace of business outside Australia
🔈 Fine-tuning your messaging & getting to the ‘why’
💸 Sales model, technique and focus: collaborating and closing sales in a big market
🖇️ Presenting your financials: what do investors really want to see?
🤩Adjusting your communication style for the US market and beyond.
The nuts and bolts
Key dates: Four weeks, beginning 4 March 2019
Time commitment: You’ll be expected to attend two x two-hour session per week, over a period of four weeks (16 hours total throughout March). 1:1 mentoring hours will also be available at your discretion.
Cost: This acceleration program would normally be valued at $4,000 USD per company, but thanks to support from LaunchVic, Neighbourhood and The Hacker Exchange, this program is completely free for accepted participants.
Program spaces: Spaces are strictly limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Multiple team members and founders from single businesses will be accepted.
Location: The program will be held at Neighbourhood, 397 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. (1:1 mentoring can possibly be delivered in alternative locations based on Viki’s availability).
Viki Forrest, CEO ANZA Technology Network, is one of the most well-connected Australians working in Silicon Valley today.
Viki’s experience in the technology sector spans more than 30 years across Australia, Asia and the United States. She joined Bullant in Sydney as employee No. 5 and was instrumental in helping the company raise $25m and relocate to San Francisco in 2001.
As the CEO of ANZA Technology Network in San Francisco, Viki has showcased over 200 Australian and New Zealand companies in Silicon Valley and is credited with bringing 70 Australian companies to the US. Her innate ability to fast-track companies to growth-stage is reflected in her clients successfully landing strategic partners and closing early customer deals.
In a world where only 0.6% of startups successfully raise venture capital, Viki is proud to have helped 20% of her Australian companies raise in excess of $43m in seed and A-round financings.
This program is now underway for 2019!
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