So What Does GAIN Actually Do?

Gain is a Catalyst.

It drives the local innovation economy.

 

It connects entrepreneurs in the tech, life sciences, and manufacturing/niche sectors with investors, mentors, and resources.

 

Gain offers programs and events that inspire, connect, and educate entrepreneurs who want to change the world.

 

Companies that have been involved in GAIN have been accepted into world-renowned accelerators such Y-Combinator, 500 Startups, and many others. They have also raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture money from local and Valley investors looking for the next big tech company.

$100M+

Money raised by companies that participated in our programs and events

$125K+

Equity-free cash and in-kind awards we have given away in the past three years.

10K+

Number of introductions we plan to make among founders and resources in the next 3 years.

FAST DELIVERABILITY

Inspire, connect, and educate entrepreneurs who want to change the world.

GREAT FLEXIBILITY

Achieve and maintain financial sustainability.

BUSINESS ORIENTED

Develop a high-caliber board, focused on governance and strategic direction, guiding a professional staff.

ALWAYS IN TIME

Become the go-to organization for regional entrepreneurs by providing activities and offerings that catalyze and foster innovation and collaboration.

Overview of Shootouts, Fast Pitch, Deep Dive Grants, Scholarships, and Social events.

GAIN offers a variety of programs and events
to inspire, connect and educate, including:

SHOOT OUT

Each fall, GAIN hosts a ShootOut Business Pitch Competition that includes a cocktail hour, an investor pitch competition and an awards dinner where the TopGun and other startup contenders can win cash prizes.  The event is a great opportunity for startups and the entrepreneurial community to network, learn how to hone their business plan and pitch and make investor connections. This year’s event will have four tracks: Fintech, Technology, Life Sciences and Manufacturing. Sixteen companies, four from each track, will be invited to participate in the ShootOut Competition on November 1st, 2017.

FAST PITCH

GAIN sponsors over a dozen events a year that are open to the public. These include monthly luncheons with interesting guest speakers telling about their entrepreneurial journey. Our Fast Pitch event in the spring helps start-up entrepreneurs introduce their ideas to the community and get feedback in a fast-paced, fun environment. The GAIN Shootout in the fall allows emerging start-ups a chance to present to investors and others while competing for cash and prizes. GAIN is also proud to be a sponsor of the monthly Start-up Hour and other events through the year.

GAIN’s open events usually require a small fee, but Stakeholders (paid members) receive a discount. The discounts through the year more than offset the cost of being a Stakeholder, so consider becoming one today!

DEEP DIVE GRANTS

As part of GAIN’s mission to inspire, connect and educate, one startup or corporate stakeholder each quarter may win a $1,500 grant to attend a conference of their choice. Applications are due the first 2 weeks of every quarter and must include a short executive summary and information on the conference you want to attend and a detailed explanation of how attending will benefit you.

SCHOLARSHIPS

For GAIN Stakeholders we offer events such as GAIN Unplugged and Mixers & Socials. These smaller events are closed to the public and they are either free or minimal cost, and provide small group access to successful entrepreneurs, area experts like lawyers and accountants, well-known innovators visiting town, and others. This can be a priceless benefit for entrepreneurs looking for advice, mentoring or just inspiration. You can have access to stakeholders-only events by becoming one today!

SOCIAL EVENTS

For GAIN Stakeholders we offer events such as GAIN Unplugged and Mixers & Socials. These smaller events are closed to the public and they are either free or minimal cost, and provide small group access to successful entrepreneurs, area experts like lawyers and accountants, well-known innovators visiting town, and others. This can be a priceless benefit for entrepreneurs looking for advice, mentoring or just inspiration. You can have access to stakeholders-only events by becoming one today!

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