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Future Founders Residency Bootcamp - Fall 2019

The Future Founders Residency is an innovative program designed to help you turn your idea, passion, or side hustle into a business. The Residency Bootcamp is the first phase of a two-phase program that helps you build a network of fellow entrepreneurs while providing a foundation of knowledge around launching a company, covering customer development, product validation, financials, and pitching.

The Fall 2019 Bootcamp will feature a series of workshops, panels, and a pitch day over the course of September and October. There are two options for the Bootcamp:

  1. Chicago Residency Bootcamp - Hybrid virtual/in-person sessions
  2. National Residency Bootcamp - Virtual sessions (open to participants outside of the Chicagoland area only)

There is no fee to apply or be a part of the Residency and no equity taken by Future Founders in participating companies. Co-founders may participate in the Bootcamp together and only one application needs to be filled out per company.

For more information about the Residency Bootcamp and the second phase of the program, the Residency Cohort, visit www.futurefounders.com/residency.

If you have any questions, please contact Future Founders Startups Manager, Tina Hrabak at tina@futurefounders.com.


What do we look for in a Bootcamp applicant?

The Residency Bootcamp is open to founders who are just getting started in building their businesses and we work with companies of all industries. The ideal Resident is/has:

  • Between 18-30 years old
  • Formulated a business idea
  • Started talking to other people about their idea
  • Thought about how they can realistically make money off of their idea and/or might have already started trying to do so
  • Supportive of other entrepreneurs and excited to build a network of fellow founders
  • Ready to do the work on building their company over the two-month Bootcamp
What does the Residency Bootcamp schedule look like?

You can expect to participate in around 6 hours of workshops each month in September and October. Attendance is expected and required to complete the program. The tentative schedule follows (all times are in CT):
  • All participants will be expected to attend a pre-Residency webinar on August 22, from 12-1pm
  • Chicago Bootcamp:
    • Workshop 1: 9/4, 3-5pm at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart
    • Workshop 2: Week of 9/9 - 1 hour discussion group online via Zoom (we'll schedule at a later date to best accommodate Resident schedules.
    • Workshop 3: 9/18, 3-5pm at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart
    • Workshop 4: Week of 9/23 - 1 hour discussion group online via Zoom
    • Workshop 5: 10/2, 3-5pm at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart
    • Workshop 6: Week of 10/7 - 1 hour discussion group online via Zoom
    • Pitch Day: 10/16, 3-6pm at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart
    • Workshop 7: Week of 10/21 - 1 hour discussion group online via Zoom
  • National Bootcamp:
    • Workshop 1: 9/5, 3-5pm via Zoom
    • Workshop 2: Week of 9/9 - 1 hour discussion group online via Zoom (we'll schedule at a later date to best accommodate Resident schedules.
    • Workshop 3: 9/19, 3-5pm via Zoom
    • Workshop 4: Week of 9/23 - 1 hour discussion group online via Zoom
    • Workshop 5: 10/3, 3-5pm via Zoom
    • Workshop 6: Week of 10/7 - 1 hour discussion group online via Zoom
    • Pitch Day: 10/17, 3-5pm via Zoom
    • Workshop 7: Week of 10/21 - 1 hour discussion group online via Zoom
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