The Founders Only community is a peer to peer group for education and support. We invite founders to have real conversations with each other about the triumphs and struggles around what it means to start a business.
Our kickoff event will include a brief introductory presentation from Valence team members Bryndan Moore (Head of Community) and Georgia Messinger (Head of the VFN) around new changes to the VFN along with a brainstorming session on how the Founders Only community can best serve founders (like you!).
Then, the majority of the event will be spent in small groups for icebreakers and speed networking. Come to hear what other members of the Valence community are working on, exchange best work-from-home practices, combat imposter syndrome together, and maybe even discover a new connection that could unlock that introduction, piece of advice, or source of inspiration you’ve been needing to accelerate your own personal and professional progress.
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Georgia Messinger (she/her/hers), originally from Los Angeles, CA, is a junior at Harvard University studying psychology and computer science on a gap semester currently to explore startups and venture capital. Georgia has founded two companies, Trill Project and Girls Get IT. Experienced in managing teams of 30+ other students, Georgia’s organized conferences for hundreds of attendees (BOLD Conference & Young Women’s Conference), created organic marketing campaigns to generate thousands of clicks, written dozens of blog pieces across all platforms, pitched on national television, and secured $120k+ in equity-free funding for her projects. Georgia’s work focuses on the intersection between social impact and technology and has been featured as Apple’s App of the Day (four times) and on TechCrunch, InStyle, Refinery29, KTLA, and more.
Over quarantine Georgia launched The Bottom Line Podcast through Harvard Ventures, the leading startups and VC club at Harvard, which she is president of, and ran the largest pitch competition for undergraduate students, i3 Innovation Challenge, which has awarded $700k+ in equity-free funding to other founders. On campus, her studies range a wide array of topics including Latin Poetry, Buddhist Art History, and Artificial Intelligence. She is a researcher in the The Systems Neuroscience of Psychopathology Lab and a member of Harvard Women in Business, Harvard Women in Computer Science, Harvard Undergraduate Student Art Collective, and formerly the Harvard Crimson and the Harvard Advocate. She represents .406 Ventures (previously she represented Lightspeed Venture Partners) on campus as their scout.
Georgia is especially energized in entrepreneurial communities and is honored to now be connecting more Black founders to mentorship, peer to peer communities, and, of course, funding through her work with Valence.