We make startups better, faster – guaranteed
Are you looking to augment your founding team and increase its likelihood of success?
Well, that’s what we do: we help Kansas City Startups at early-stages build their empire’s foundation. We accept 10 teams at once that start-and-grow together cohort-style; similar what it’d be like making lifelong friends in a military’s bootcamp. Not only do each of these teams help each other out, we step in with a bevy of products and services that will add gasoline to a founder’s trajectory. In exchange we become small minority shareholders in your startup with no voting rights or power. We like to think of ourselves as your co-founder who doesn’t expect a salary. We will only charge you once your company reaches a liquidation event (IPO, acquisition, dividends) – and even then, it’s just a pinch. The program represents a very structured and hands-on six months, followed by several years of value-added services. We start as an accelerator, grow into an incubator, and end as your friends and partners. Everyone admitted to the program receives everything mentioned on this page:
Kansas City startups admitted into the program congregate for a bi-weekly lecture series hosted by one of the BetaBlox mentors. The Mentor Lecture Series is an opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs, meet successful influencers from the community, and learn business from real-life, local case studies. We like to say we’re injecting steroids into your rolodex in a t-ball like fashion.
Motivational Speeches • Runway Advice • A Spotlight On Mistakes • Networking With Leaders • Local Trend Discussion
BetaBlox was founded by Kansas City angel investors with the intent to source local investment opportunities. We are also sponsored and supported by a number of local investment groups looking to do the same. By entering BetaBlox, Kansas City startups ar positioned in a fertile environment for sourcing angel investors. The program culminates with an investor demo day, where Kansas City’s investment community is invited to attend and hear each of the BetaBlox companies present their opportunities.
Demo Day • Existing Relationships With High Net-Worth Individuals • VC & Angel Group Partnerships • Due Diligence Platform
All of our consultants, classes, and chosen mentors have something important in-common; we all preach the same methodology that we think is important for Kansas City startups. It’s the foundation for everything we coach and believe in. What used to be taught in our weekly classes has been deemed by our startups as too important to be spread out. Thus, the bootcamp was born. This is a three-day intensive workshop that lays the foundation for which all of our one-on-one’s and classes are built upon. Two sessions take place for approximately 2 hours (each at night to accommodate people with day-time responsibilities), and one session takes place for approximately 5 hours (on a Saturday). The bootcamp is scheduled sometime within the first three weeks of the program.
The Business Canvas • Lean Methodologies • Equity Distribution• Innovation Accounting • Agile Development • Kanban Prioritization
Unlike most “entrepreneurship” courses – our curriculum is designed specifically for Kansas City startups, not small or large businesses. The focus is on how to create momentum from nothing, with little-to-no resources. This is where academia typically fails. Our entrepreneurs want to learn how to create the next Ebay, Google, Dropbox, Apple – not the next hot bar, gym, spa, or car detailing company. The difference between curriculums is the concept of correctly implemented and timed scalability. We want to infuse virality into product design. We want to put you on a trajectory to being acquired. We want to create high-paying jobs in Kansas City. Classes are bi-weekly throughout the first six months. Feel free to come to them forever, but they will start repeating in month seven – this is great if you missed one or want to repeat.
Case-studies • Growth Hacking • Social Media • Local Investment Trends • Copywriting • Growing Your User Base
Our classes are highly relevant to your stage of business, but your startup deserves more personal attention. Someone from the BetaBlox executive team will work with you every-other week throughout the entire six month semester at a mutually convenient times. Although this is an excellent opportunity to coach lessons learned from our experiences, it is best used as an accountability tool to make sure progress is being had. Meetings are custom designed for each specific team, and build upon each other throughout the length of the session.
Accountability • Partnership Sourcing • Mentor Connections • Strategy Mapping • Founder Therapy
Web Design – Photography – Video Production
Each team is offered massively discounted web design, photography, and video production. This is done through a network of third-party partners as well as in-house experts. Advanced coding and custom software will require an added degree of negotiation.
Web Design • Brochure/Proposal/B-Plan Design • Wireframe/Architecture• Copywriting • E-Commerce
Kansas City startups should have a place to call home. Well, this is it. Having a place to work, showcase, and network during the early stages of a business will increase your output and reinforce your credibility. BetaBlox is also proud to be one of the most environmentally friendly working spaces in the world.
Private office • Break Room/Kitchen • Banquet Hall • Conference Rooms • Classroom • Mailing Address
Not only do you get to meet and work with the other Kansas City startups in your batch, we have an entire network of graduated startups ready to help. These people have been in your exact shoes. This fact ensures there are people out there that not only live in Kansas City, but possess the exact subset of experiences, knowledge, and connections that you’re looking for. Our online alumni network is by far the largest group of entrepreneurs in Kansas City that has ever been through such a hands-on program.
Online Facilitation Platform • Experience • Connections • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring • Group Therapy
An intangible benefit of being a part of BetaBlox is the networking with other Kansas City Startups at the same stage of business as you. Throughout the six month program there will be nine-ish other teams that go from your batch-mates, to your colleagues, to your friends. Afterwards you enter into an alumni system which makes it easy to get in contact with entrepreneurs from past sessions. BetaBlox is invited to – and hosts – many events throughout the year. It’s a lot easier to network at events with at least a couple of familiar faces – than it is alone. The synergetic entrepreneurial environment is one of the most important benefits we can offer you. Get out of your basement or garage, and surround yourself with likeminded people that are each attempting to accomplish the same thing you are – in their own unique ways.
Friendship • Co-Workers • Networking Events • Safe Growth-Oriented Environment
We want to be your true business partners. We look at ourselves as co-founders of your company. What does this mean? You tell us. Have an important meeting you want a couple extra bodies in? Need help promoting a launch party? Need help finding a date ? Whatever normal co-founders would say yes to, so will we. And unlike anyone else in-town, we’re not going to charge you hourly to do so. Obviously we can’t guarantee we can be at everything, but we’ll try. We are the definitive partner for Kansas City startups.
Mutually Aligned Sounding Boards • Presentation Construction & Practice • Promotion Of Your Products/Services • Customized Value
The first and most important piece of legal documentation your startup needs is an operating agreement. It’s what defines how you and your team split up the pie, interact in messy situations, and take on new partners. All teams that enter BetaBlox are offered a free operating agreement, business formation consultation, and document strategizing session. It’s meant to offer you a foundation for which you can easily build from as your business becomes more complex over time. We have a partnership with a startup centric law firm with over a decade of business incubation experience. This means they not only get startups – but most importantly – Kansas City startups dwelling within incubators. We won’t insult you by telling you the street price of such a document. Go ask a lawyer in your network how much they would charge for such a document. Now mentally file that saved cash away and put it towards something that will make your startup grow bigger.
Operating Agreement • Business Formation • Future Document Strategizing • Niched Expertise