Watch the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center’s classes on-demand, from anywhere in the world, for free.
Our mission is to deliver world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. Our online, on-demand content is free and available to entrepreneurs all over the world.
Browse all of our COVID-19 related resources.
Register for free virtual classes and events.
Connect with entrepreneurs and mentors.
Browse the Center’s most recent virtual content below.
We are committed to creating and offering dedicated resources tailored to the needs of founders who are building ideas from the ground up. This includes virtual classes, mentorship, coaching, and events that bring together entrepreneurs from all walks of life and all stages of company growth, all at no cost to the entrepreneur. We encourage you to register for our upcoming, live events, as well.
“Managing Financial Anxieties: Cash Flow for Small Businesses” with Industry Experts from BPM
Managing People and Cash Flow Anxiety with BPM
While the impact of COVID-19 varies across industries and regions, business leaders must manage uncertainty as they plan for ways to preserve company value. SBA programs are exhausted, but financial health hasn’t returned. Alternative financing options, difficult operational decisions and financial restructuring are all part of the landscape. During this session we will address actions to protect businesses today and establish cash flow management strategies.
Join BPM for an intimate discussion hosted by Edward Webb, as we dive deeper into maintaining business in a post-COVID market:
- Emergence and recovery models to balance multiple priorities
- People strategy and statistics
- Alternative financing options to fit your company’s cash flow needs
- Strategies to maximize company value and payout
“Leading Through Crises: A Virtual Town Hall Discussion” with John Chambers
Join John T. Chambers & Nasdaq’s SVP, Jeff Thomas, for an open discussion highlighting how to navigate through crises.
There are few great leaders in our world today who have had the breadth and depth of business experience as John Chambers, Chairman of Cisco, VC Investor, and author. In his prolific 20+ year career, John has led through 5 Financial, 5 Health Care, and 5 Supply Chain Crises.
John is well-known and appreciated for his commitment to mentorship to innovators worldwide. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how he is approaching his work and investments today, why mentorship is catalytic as a leader, when and how to ask for help, and when to listen to others. John will share his playbook on how to not just survive, but how to “connect the dots” in ways you may not see today.
John will answer your burning questions. Topics we’ll explore include:
- Leading through seismic challenges
- Planing for the short-term while building for the long-term
- Seeing opportunity, especially in times of adversity
This interactive town hall session is hosted by Jeff Thomas of Nasdaq, SVP, Head of Western US Listings & Capital Markets.
Please Note: During this open discussion a select number of pre-registered participants were allowed to ask direct questions. Unfortunately, we are unable to answer the questions of those viewing via Livestream or on-demand.
“Don’t Panic: The Small Business Guide to PPP Forgiveness” with industry experts from Bank of the West, KPMG, & Wilson Sonsini
Millions of small businesses approved for an SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan are now asking “How do I get loan forgiveness”?
Loan forgiveness is not automatic and requires strict criteria. Don’t panic!
The Center’s Executive Director, Nicola Corzine, is thrilled to host this webinar of panelists who will share their views on how to navigate the road ahead to PPP Forgiveness.
You will hear insights on:
- How to prepare for forgiveness
- How to avoid potholes along the way
- Why you shouldn’t panic
- Roxann Burns, Bank of the West
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISE BUSINESS
- Tom West, KPMG US
PRINCIPAL, PASSTHROUGHS, WASHINGTON NATIONAL TAX
- Brady Berg, Wilson Sonsini
“Metrics That Matter: What to Measure and Why Investors Care” with Lauren M. Taylor
Talk confidently with investors about metrics that matter and learn why they care.
Investors will tell you that early on, there’s only one metric that matters – users. The suggestion is deceptively simple; there are so many ways to measure. What are your core assumptions and how are you going to test them? Those are the metrics to measure! In this session we’ll unpack what to test, how to test it, and what inventors are really expecting from early-stage digital startups. Demonstrate your dedication to users with metrics that matter.
You will Learn:
- The most common metrics and what they reveal
- How to test assumptions and what to do with the data
- The levers for influencing the most common metrics
- How to predict costs and revenue.
This interactive session is designed for early stage entrepreneurs & founders asking:
- From downloads to DAU, what metrics should I be tracking?
- I’m not charging yet, can I still show traction?
- I barely have customers, how should I think about LTV and CAC?
- Should I be focused on acquiring new customers or recurring revenue?
“Conscious Leadership” with Diana Chapman & Jim Dethmer
Everyone can be a leader if they take responsibility for their influence in the world!
Presence is more important than ever and #entrepreneurs have to be ready to stay center and respond to the moment from a place of deep knowing, not reaction. The team that sees reality most actively, wins.
Join us to learn why:
- Context is everything! Your ability to keep your energy high and stay deeply connected to people you’re collaborating with matters
- Relationships matter, relationships are all about context
- Taking responsibility for results is empowering! Understand you’re the creator of everything going on. Help shift from “to me” to “by me”
“Financial Modeling: Get Smart about Real Revenue & Costs” with Lauren Taylor
Talk confidently with investors about the returns they can expect and how you’re going to deliver.
The TAM, SAM, and SOM often give founders the false belief that there is demand for their product when there is not. Financial modeling demonstrates your startup’s capacity to scale, not the size of the market. How many users do you need to be profitable? How many sales do you need to make in year 1? In this session Lauren M. Taylor will help create realistic revenue goals and timelines with a simple document that illustrates your business trajectory over the first five years. Prepare to talk confidently with investors about the returns they can expect and how you’re going to deliver.
You will Learn:
- How to size the market
- How to justify your business model
- Enhanced, authentic confidence to ask for what you need
- How to predict costs and revenue
This interactive session is designed for early stage entrepreneurs & founders asking:
- What are TAM, SAM, and SOM and do I need them in my pitch deck? How should I think about market size?
- How should I decide the best business model? Should I be a subscription service? A one-time download? Should I sell online or in retail locations?
- I’m not a ‘math person.’ How can I predict our costs and revenue over the first five years so that I can justify my ask? Isn’t this all just made up?
- How do I show investors what I think we’re worth and why we’re a good investment for them?
“Navigating Down-Round Financing” with Partners from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
With special guests, Steven E. Bochner, Becki DeGraw, & Amy L. Simmerman
As public markets retreat from historic highs, down-round financings unfortunately become more common. Although such financings can be unavoidable, they can also raise a number of questions relating to structuring concerns, impacts on existing investors and employees, and fiduciary duty considerations for the board and others. This webinar includes discussion of these issues, both for those who have been through down-round financings in the past and those who have not.
In particular, we address the following topics:
- Fundraising in the Current Environment: What We Are Seeing
- Structuring a Down-Round
- Fiduciary Duty Considerations, Litigation Risks, and Process Considerations
- Historical Perspectives from Prior Down-Round Environments
“Communicate Like a Leader: 7 Guidelines For a Story of Disruption” with Michael Margolis
Things are changing quickly. If you’re not telling the story, someone else is going to tell the story for you.
Your customers and employees need reassurance. This is a time to communicate with your stakeholders more than ever. Together we’ll explore actionable, practical communication guidelines for leaders and CEOs in the midst of both immediate triage and adaptive response.
You will Learn:
- How do you pivot your messaging to speak to a new reality?
- How do you maintain team morale as you embrace change?
- How do you communicate in a way that is honest, grounding, and inspiring?
- What are the right ways to sell and market in this climate (without hurting your rep)?
“Finance Optionality” with Our Executive Director Nicola Corzine
Always build some optionality into your startup’s financing strategy.
In the spirit of growing adaptive resilience while dealing with disruptive forces, we invite you to join Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center’s Executive Director, Nicola Corzine for an in-depth interactive look into successful Finance Optionality for your business.
The streets of Silicon Valley are littered with investor pitches and dozens of guidelines/best practices on what to prepare for pitching investors. Before spending hours on deck revisions, let’s start by getting you on the right path with your fundraising goals. This practical guide will help you gain clarity on the right fundraising strategy for you based on your specific needs.
By the end of this hour you’ll walk away with a firm grounding on:
Are you venture backable today?
What alternative paths of fundraising should I consider?
How long does it take to raise capital?
Who are my target “investors” and how do I meet them?
What happens after the term sheet and check are received?
There is a lot of expectation on fundraising in Silicon Valley. Much is taught on the art of mastering the perfect pitch but less on the mechanics of “why?” or even “should you?”. While investor pitching is an important part of confidence building and many entrepreneurs success, it is not the only path open to funding your company. In fact, working on the presentation is the LAST step in a rigorous journey of due diligence from you as an entrepreneur that begins with the question of how YOU define success? Once that critical insight is understood, the rest of the fundraising strategy is easy.
Founders’ Leadership Series
On April 15, we were humbled and delighted to kick off our virtual Founders’ Leadership Series with renowned holistic health expert and author, Deepak Chopra.
We heard from Deepak why now – more than ever – it’s critical for entrepreneurs to cultivate & lean in to mindfulness. Deepak shared the need for spiritual well being during this time and launched a 21-Day meditation challenge just for entrepreneurs.
Be sure to sign up for the free 21-Day Meditation Challenge – Hope in Uncertain Times.
“Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage” with Laura Huang
One of the hardest things a founder or entrepreneurial team must do is create a competitive advantage – an edge – for themselves and their venture.
With an increasing number of working-age Americans starting new businesses, the start-up landscape is becoming even more saturated. Creating an edge becomes important – even vital – to the long-term success of the venture and team. From early stage ideation to building a team to resource acquisition, and finally go-to-market, entrepreneurs can find and create their edge by recognizing the role interpersonal dynamics and communication play in the process.
Attendees will learn:
- The EDGE framework, which provides a perspective on how entrepreneurs can create their edge through their ability to: Enrich, Delight, Guide, and Exert Effort
- Real-life EDGE stories, case studies about early-stage entrepreneurs, and academic research
- Strategies to flip circumstances in your favor and create a founder’s edge