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The Austin Forum Presents ‘From Idea to Innovation: How to Start a Tech Company That Matters’

February 1 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm


‘From Idea to Innovation: How to Start a Tech Company That Matters’

Gordon Daugherty, Christopher Calicott, Kirk Cesari, Harold Ingersoll, Jill Murphy, & Jake Phillips

WEDNESDAY, February 1, 2017

Galvanize, 118 Nueces St. 
Downtown Austin
5:45 p.m. – Doors and Cash Bar Open
6:15 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:30 p.m. – Networking
Free and open to the public


Got a great technology idea that you want to turn into an innovation? Interested in creating a tech startup but not sure what that entails? Have questions about development, IP, funding, marketing, finances, etc.? How do you start with a great idea and build a great tech company?

It is easy to get excited about the possibility of starting a successful tech company—especially in Austin—and to dream about possibilities of becoming a household name or being acquired by the Googles or Apples of the tech world. However, turning a great tech idea into a viable tech company with impact and success requires more than an idea and hard work. It also requires a comprehensive business plan, sufficient funding, an effective development team, great marketing and sales staff, intellectual property protection, effective management, careful accounting, and of course, customers. So, while most tech company founders’ success stories start with an idea, a community need, or a pivot from another venture, these success stories depend on much more than that initial idea/need.

Join us for a special Austin Forum event to learn it takes to build on a great tech idea and launch a great tech company. We will have experienced speakers and panelists from incubators, venture capital funding firms, IP firms, accounting firms, and more, all sharing their expertise and lessons learned, and answering your questions.

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Whether you’ve been a long time friend or a new fan, let us know your story! What is your favorite moment, speaker, or topic over the past 10 years? How has the Forum influenced your interests, business, or community relationships?


Social Media Week Independent Austin
February 27 – March 1, 2017
Use the discount code AUSTINFORUM for 30% off ticket prices.

Social Media Week is a global conference and content platform sharing insights, ideas, and trends with the world, and Best Practice Media is bringing it to Austin for the first time. Social Media Week Independent Austin will be held February 27 – March 1, 2017, alongside those in New York City, Atlanta, Hamburg, Copenhagen, and Lagos. The week will include keynote speakers, panels, workshops, master classes, mentorship sessions, and networking happy hours focused on social media and digital marketing.


The Austin Forum is generously sponsored by:


February 1
6:15 pm - 8:30 pm


Galvanize Austin
118 Nueces Street
Austin, TX 78701 United States