So, How's JamPad's Cohort #1 Doing?
After a quiet summer, the heavy-lifting in reshaping AZ's startup scene begins again
The world of startups is an exciting but challenging one; it’s much like an intellectual sport. It requires the right execution, guidance, connections, and support to transform a startup into a successful business. Good news - JP has been doing just that.In its inaugural cohort, JamPad unclouded two exceptional founders, Danny Friday of Sail and Max Bregman of BreatheEV. Let's dive into their journey and see how JamPad helped them navigate the tumultuous waters of founder-ship.
Go-to-Market Ideation & Industry Connections
JamPad excels at helping founders refine their ideas and create a solid go-to-market strategy. For Danny Friday, founder of Sail, JamPad's mentorship and workshops proved invaluable in this, particularly around discovering the concept of distribution led growth. From connections to leaders at top healthcare systems & banking partners around the globe, to securing his first LOI, Sail is beginning to take shape as an exciting new healthcare startup. Max Bregman, the co-founder behind BreatheEV, experienced a similar transformation, as through JP, he secured his first location for launch & beyond.
Running a startup is guaranteed to at SOME point be emotionally taxing. JamPad places a strong emphasis on founder emotional intelligence (EQ), recognizing its vital role in long-term success. Through tailored coaching and workshops, Danny and Max were able to enhance their leadership and decision-making abilities. As a founder, it’s vital to treat yourself like a pro-athlete; from your food, sleep, and physical activity, it’s incredibly important to be fully optimized for success.
Playing the game in startups is arguably the most important KPI for a founder to have who has aspirations of building a massive business. While most say PHX is a desert for capital, JamPad's extensive investor network came to the rescue. Both Danny and Max received introductions to potential investors in JP’s network as well as a “school of hard knocks”-like introduction to social capital management, which ended up circulating the initial pre-seed rounds for each company. As time kills all deals in VC, these connections facilitated significantly smoother fundraising processes for both companies.
JP’s first cohort has been a strong step in the right direction of churning out pre-seed back-able founders in AZ. If you’re interested in applying for cohort 2, click here. Cheers to continuing to do the work needed for the valley’s early stage founders.