This bundle of courses is for IT entrepreneurs who wish to start and grow a startup in the Midwest of the United States. If you are in that region, start by reviewing this course:
It will give you an inside look at the Mid-Western startup ecosystem and how you may fit into it.
In general, Midwestern investors tend to be more fundamentals focused than on the coasts.
That means more bootstrapping.
What is Bootstrapping?
Bootstrapping focuses on building a company by relying on limited resources. We’ve conducted interviews with hundreds of entrepreneurs who have successfully bootstrapped their businesses before seeking funding in order to provide you with a comprehensive guide to bootstrapping methodology. See how they’ve done it.
After you’ve learned about bootstrapping, please study the domain-specific case studies and consider different startup ideas depending on your passion and expertise. It will help you concentrate on the sector where you have an unfair advantage rather than wasting time chasing a hot trend where you have zero edge.
Finally, consider learning about Unicorns. Reportedly, in 2021, and in Chicago alone seven companies have become unicorns, which shows what can be achieved in the Midwest if you have the right idea and the skills to execute. This course can help with both.
After you’ve completed these courses, you should be well on your way. All of them are based on the 1Mby1M Methodology. Take these courses in any order you wish, combine them as needed, but do not skip the learning.
In addition, be sure to deeply understand How Investors Think before you go chasing investors.
When you do, don’t do so with a begging bowl. Go with real validation and command the respect that would result in successful funding rounds.
P.S. We’re looking to partner with community leaders who write blogs, teach and mentor entrepreneurs, and help support startup ecosystems in every corner of the world, no matter how small or how remote. I have written about my own journey building startup ecosystems around the world, and how you can draw from my lessons from the trenches. If you’re interested in partnering with 1Mby1M, please consider joining our ambassador program.