$40,000 in seed funding and follow-on investment in future rounds. Exposure to hundreds of VCs and angel investors. Sponsors who give you free professional services, webhosting, airline tickets—and more—all stuff that you really need.
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Hands-on help. Daily. Our mentor network of 200+ industry leaders assist with everything from product development to sales and marketing to fundraising. Experienced entrepreneur talks, CTO roundtables, and expert workshops provide additional opportunities to learn—and share what you know.
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Experienced startup builders. Our leadership team: engineer, entrepreneur and VC know how to get you there fast and smart. Our fulltime staff means you’re never alone. From the practical to the creative, we give you the guidance to keep moving and have the expertise to help you stay on track.
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The ERA family. Work and play with ERA companies in your program. Learn from other top ERA companies: tap into the ERA alumni network—some of the hottest startups in NYC. Exchange ideas, play ping-pong or hang out in the videogame cave. Our spacious, sunlit Chelsea location is the ideal place for tossing around everything from ideas to Frisbees.
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Demo Day, where the perfect pitch is key to your future. Take center stage and showcase your company to hundreds of VC’s, leading angels, and us.
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Momentum. What are you waiting for? We’re ready for you.
ERA helped us with everything, from vital business connections to protecting our IP and from creating investor decks to raising funding. The support team is phenomenal and ERA substantially ups your odds for success.
ERA helped us get on the right track. We wouldn’t have been able to launch Bespoke Post so quickly without the guidance and pressure we received throughout the program. Additionally, the program helped us land the business development partnerships crucial to growing Bespoke Post.
Murat, Jon and Charlie are dedicated to the program. They gave us a great way to network into the NYC tech community–we got access to VCs and angel investors, which made it faster and easier than getting meetings on our own. We also made some great friends in a fun and collegial atmosphere.”
The ERA program was everything we hoped it would be and a lot more. Every aspect of building and growing LocalBonus was truly accelerated during our time in the program. The relationships we formed with ERA leadership, other ERA companies, investors and mentors have all been hugely valuable to us long after we graduated from ERA.
For an international company operating in Brazil, ERA was critical to our entering the U.S. market. We were introduced to valuable business partners (from startups to Fortune 500) and seasoned entrepreneur mentors who we would have never otherwise met. Being based in NYC and participating in ERA's ecosystem was also a tremendous benefit for localizing sales strategy and attracting value-added early investors.
Without ERA, numberFire probably would not be around today. We got the cash infusion needed to hire a critical employee, the mentorship forced us to think about product/market fit in a sustainable way, and the introductions to probably every venture capitalist in New York were absolutely necessary in getting the round of financing that keeps us going!
Because the program provided us with the structure, focus and supporting framework of mentors, we were able to make real progress building our product. The venture capital we raised was the direct result of an introduction that the ERA team provided. And as more experienced entrepreneurs, having mentors who had been out in the real world was a serious plus.
ERA helped us fine-tune our messaging, become more strategic in our approach and dramatically grow our network. During the program, we felt like we could tackle anything, given the connections, great networking opportunities and vast experience of the group. Having other startups around let us brainstorm, connect and grow. Months after the program ended, the partners and mentors have continued to be great friends and supporters.
The ERA Program lives up to its name. We got an incredible framework to analyze key decisions and accelerate the execution of our conclusions. Helpful mentors and connections were always available—regardless of the topic. Charlie, Jon and Murat had their doors open to work through any scenario with us. Those intense four months have made me feel more confident than ever about growing our business and helped refine our message and mission.
Whether early in the morning or late at night, having Jon, Charlie and Murat available to talk was invaluable as we navigated the funding process during the program. As first time entrepreneurs, the ability to get sanity checks and bounce around ideas from these three experienced guys, is something only a program like ERA can offer.