No innovator is able to achieve success completely on their own. Key advisors, supporters, and even formal partnerships are essential to start-up success. Worldwide there has been an increase in initiatives with the goal of helping create and ease the ability of start-ups to find the support that they need through speed dating or matchmaking sessions. These sessions can provide opportunities to interact with Fortune 500 commercial investors like Verizon Communications who are looking for companies to help them push forward in innovation or matching technical innovators with strong managers or strong sales.
The speed dating style ensures that meaningful connections are made with all or the majority of person in attendance. Matchmaking sessions add the additional element of ensuring matches have complementary skills but similar goals.
There are several online sources which scour the world for potential “mates”. In Georgia these events or organizations are committed to helping you in this endeavor:
- Atlanta Tech Village Co Founder Speed Dating
- CoFounders Lab Matchup- next event Tuesday, February 25, 2013 at 6pm. Cost $5.
1. Know Who You Are. According to Goldstein “being self-aware helps you identify partners who share your vision.” So, first you must know what you want both from this business as an end goal and the values you want your business to adhere to on a day-to-day basis.
2. Choose Someone Who Matches Who You Are. Of course as you are speaking with partners it becomes key to discuss and agree upon a mission and core values. Avoid the temptation to “accept everyone” will ensure that you “make room for the right people” according to Moody.
3. Don’t Forget Who You Are: Moody also advises not to “forget who and what really matters”. After a team is formed, your mission and company values can serve as a “tie-breaker” in many tough decisions and can avoid or decrease unnecessary conflict.