Applications until: May 11th
С-Level Program
Go from idea to investments in 5 months
Practical knowledge for future startup founders
С-Level Program
From idea to investments in 5 months
Practical knowledge for future startup founders
6+
hours of classes per week
month offline bootcamp
in New York City
1
4
month online learning program
6
hours of classes per week
1
month offline bootcamp
in New York
4
month online learning program
StartaCapital
We invest through
our fund up to $1M
StartaAccelerator
We accept startups at the pre-seed or seed stage
Immerse yourself in
the New York startup ecosystem, network, and start selling
Get an opportunity to present your startup to 300+ investors from all over the world
Test hypotheses, develop a US market entry strategy, and launch a product throughout the course of the program
C-Level Program
Team up with other participants as either a CEO or a Co-Founder, or join an alumni's startup
Fast forward your startup in Starta VC ecosystem
StartaCapital
We invest through our fund at up to $1M
StartaAccelerator
We accept startups at the pre-seed or seed stage
Get an opportunity to present your startup to 300+ investors from all over the world
Immerse yourself in the New York startup ecosystem, network, and start selling
Test hypotheses, develop a US market entry strategy, and launch the product
Team up with other participants as either a CEO or a Co-Founder, or join one of our alumni's startups
C-Level Program
Investors in the Starta community
300+
Portfolio companies
218
Average check
$500K
University Built by Venture Capitalists
Starta University is a division of Starta VC, one of Top 10 most active funds in New York. We invest and help fundraise from angels and tier-1 funds in the later stages.
New Tech Sector Connections in the US
Establish a wide range of connections and achieve faster results in the US market.
Founder Support
Learn from Starta University graduates in most areas of business development and fundraising and get involved in the daily operations of a real startup to avoid common founder mistakes.
3 Essential Startup Elements
Starta University believes in prioritizing 3 crucial areas for building a successful startup: entrepreneurship, engineering, and fundraising.
Starta University believes in prioritizing 3 crucial areas for building a successful startup: entrepreneurship, engineering, and fundraising
3 Essential Startup Elements
University Built by Venture Capitalists
Starta University is a division of Starta VC, US East Coast's Top 30 most active fund. We invest and help raise investments from angels and tier-1 funds in the later stages.
Founder Support
Learn from Starta University graduates in most areas of business development and fundraising and get involved in the daily operations of a real startup to avoid common founder mistakes
New tech sector connections in the US
Establish a wide range of connections and achieve faster results in the US market.
Start Date: May 31
Start Date: May 31
About the Program

   Details

Module 1: CEO: Investor Relations and Building a Fundraising Roadmap
Workshops and group work on startup cases:
  • Understand how investors think and how they evaluate startups, learn from real venture fund founders
  • Apply this knowledge during an investment committee simulation with Starta VC's pipeline companies
  • Devise an investment proposal and build a fundraising roadmap for a Starta Accelerator startup, and prepare a presentation for investors (one-pager)
Working on your project:
  • Find like-minded people to build a team and brainstorm startup ideas
  • Pitch your project to a panel of experts and receive feedback
Module 2: CPO/CMO: Customer Research and Product Value Hypothesis Testing
Workshops and group work on startup cases:
  • Understand how to conduct qualitative and quantitative research for your ideas in the US market
  • Create out a go-to market strategy for an existing startup from StartaAccelerator's most recent batches
  • Test marketing hypotheses for new client segments and channels with a budget of up to $7K
  • Understand how to develop and use a personal and professional brand that promote your startup
  • Prepare action plans for developing your brand, and receive customized feedback from experts
Working on your project:
  • Conduct a market and competitor analysis for the chosen idea
  • Research customer needs in the US market
  • Work with a mentor on a weekly basis
Module 3: CTO/CMO: Building an MVP, Choosing and Testing Marketing Channels
Workshops:
  • Learn to master creating different types of MVPs based on the industry and business model
  • Use the most up-to-date tools that help you build your MVP, and prepare an action plan for your product’s MVP
  • Understand how to build a personalized marketing strategy and select channels for testing in the US market
Working on your project:
  • Learn how to attract and select the right tech co-founder based on the experience of startup CTOs
  • Test the value hypothesis of your product and build an MVP
  • Determine the key metrics of your product and devise an improvement plan
  • Work with a mentor on a weekly basis
Module 4: CMO/CBDO/CEO: Finding Resources for the Growth of your Startup
Workshops:
  • Understand how to build a network strategy with investors and potential partners in the US market
  • Understand intricacies of closing a deal with investors, including legal nuances you need to know
  • Find different sources for fundraising and how to work with them; decide on a fundraising strategy for your project
  • Learn how to form an advisory board for both project and personal development
Working on your project:
  • Test marketing channels for your product
  • Create a powerful investment pitch and get feedback from investors
  • Pitch your startup in front of US investors
  • Work with a mentor on a weekly basis
Module 5: 1 Month Offline in New York or Berlin
We will tailor the list of angel investors and VC firms to match your startup’s industry, traction, and fundraising needs.

Networking
  • Meetings with angels based in New York or Berlin: icebreaker, networking, feedback on ideas
  • Meetings with representatives of American and European funds, gain feedback on projects
  • Meet with founders of successful startups
  • Meet with Starta Accelerator alumni in New York or Berlin
  • Additional: visiting NY offices of Google, Amazon, Twitter and more
Raising Funds
  • Participation in the Demo-Day, meet investors and corporate representatives
  • Assistance from Starta Accelerator and School of C's experts in pitch deck creation and strategy for attracting investments
  • Educational events on topics of B2B sales and fundraising
Entertainment program (optional)
Broadway show, Hamptons investors party, Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, Governors Ball Music Festival
School of C has more than 30 professors and coaches, among them:
Experts
Marvin Liao
Ex-partner at 500 Startups, ex-commercial director at Yahoo!, Partner at Diaspora VC European Fund and Partner at GameGroove Capital.

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Ricardo Taveras
Investor and entrepreneur with three exits. Managing Partner TPH Family Office.

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Alex Girin
General partner of Starta VC and CEO of Starta University. 14 years of experience in venture investments and startup acceleration.

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General partner of the $300M Union Grove Ventures. First investor in Beyond Meat and portfolio holder of 80 companies.

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Greg Bohlen
Angel and serial entrepreneur with 4 exits. Founder of such projects as Unisender, Snovio and Sendpulse.

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Eugene M
Marvin Liao
Marvin Liao is an ex-partner at 500 Startups, running an SF-based accelerator program as well as investing in Seed stage startups. In 6 years, Marvin invested in and worked with over 414 pre-seed and seed-stage startups. He also worked at Yahoo! for over 10 years as Commercial Director for EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). Marvin has expertise in media, mobile, marketplaces, advertising technologies, MedTech, IoT, FinTech, and enterprise SaaS.
Ricardo Taveras
Ricardo Taveras founded and sold three startups in EdTech and Fintech.

SportVEST: Cofounder — created an investment platform for professional athletes with an educational program to meeting NFL requirements, acquired in 2019; now a venture capital arm of NFL alumni.

SwA: Cofounder and COO — built a platform to deliver personalized music lessons, serving 200+ corporate clients; expanded the team to 112 employees; startup acquired in 2016.

PraxisEMR: Interim CEO and Board Member — created the most efficient electronic medical record software in the industry; with Ricardo's involvement, reorganized and transformed the business, resulting in 300%+ growth in 2 years.

Ricardo is a Managing Partner at TPH Family Office, a New York City based investment firm with 19 portfolio companies. As a serial entrepreneur and investor, Ricardo has advised Fortune 1000 CEOs on topics of Intrapreneurship, Risk Management Framework Strategies, and Operational Turnarounds.
Alex Girin
Alexey Girin is an investor with more than 15 years of experience. In 2014, he established $2.5 million Starta Capital Fund I and built an initial portfolio of 5 companies. Today Starta VC comprises Starta Capital Pre-Seed and Seed-stage venture fund, StartaAccelerator in New York and Starta University, a university for tech entrepreneurs and executives. During C-Level program Alexey Girin helps students understand how investors think and build investor relations strategy.
Greg Bohlen
A seasoned venture capitalist, Greg Bohlen co-founded Union Grove Venture Partners in 2014, which invests in venture capital funds, including Tiger Global Management. Greg was the first investor in startup Beyond Meat and 12 other companies that subsequently went public. During the program, Greg Bohlen shares his criteria for selecting startups to invest in.
Evgeniy Medvednikov
Eugene Medvednikov is an entrepreneur with 4 exits, co-founder and ex-CBDO at SendPulse, a leading email marketing automation company. Currently Eugene is developing the startup Weje — an online board for remote teamwork.

Before SendPulse and Weje Eugene took part in cybersecurity startup StaffCop, and an international e-mail service UniSender.

As a business angel, Medvednikov invested in more than 10 startups.
Experts
School of C has more than 30 professors and coaches, among them:
Marvin Liao
Ex-partner at 500 Startups, ex-commercial director at Yahoo!, Partner at Diaspora VC European Fund and Partner at GameGroove Capital.

LEARN MORE
Ricardo Taveras
Investor and entrepreneur with three exits. Managing Partner TPH Family Office.

LEARN MORE
Alexey Girin
General partner of Starta VC and CEO of Starta University. 14 years of experience in venture investments and startup acceleration.

LEARN MORE
Eugene M.
Angel and serial entrepreneur with 4 exits. Founder of such projects as Unisender, Snovio and Sendpulse.

LEARN MORE
Greg Bohlen
General partner of the $300M Union Grove Ventures. First investor in Beyond Meat and portfolio holder of 80 companies.

LEARN MORE
Start Date: May 31
Start Date: May 31
Weje
Interactive whiteboard for remote teamwork to organize information from different sources.

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Safe, quiet and compact modular electric air vehicles for air travel in the city

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Siren Aerospace
Startup Cases
Solve real problems in existing startups in the Starta VC portfolio. Graduates get further opportunities to join these startups at C-Level positions.
Signum AI
Single platform integration with 1000+ external data vendors and workflow automation.

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Weje
Weje is an online board that allows for searching, structuring and presenting information. Weje’s advantage is a multifunctional approach, which combines productivity tools and unlimited possibilities for working with content, so this product is not a competitor but a supplement to existing productivity tools. Among the users of the project are the prestigious University of California Berkley, the IT company EPAM and many others. The startup received a $300 thousand investment from Starta VC and a group of business angels.
Signum
Artem Gladkikh is CEO and founder of Signum.AI. He has more than 9 years of experience in the development and promotion of digital products in the US, CIS and European markets. Artem's first startup focused on image recognition technologies. At the age of 24, he made an exit and sold the startup to a big tech company in the CIS.

Three years ago Artem founded Signum.AI and graduated from StartaAccelerator in the US. Signum.AI automates work with external data vendors. The product integrates with hundreds of external data providers (data vendors) and gives one-stop access to them, where the user can line up his or her data-flow byIn other words, Signum.AI is Miro for Data Pipeline. The startup raised a $530k round of investment in 2020.
Siren Aerospace
Artem Khromov is a graduate of C-Level program and founder of a startup Siren Aerospace. The startup's goal is to make air transportation as simple, convenient, and accessible as driving a car. What sets Siren apart from other competitors are quietness due to unique rotor structure, modularity, convenient for easy setup, maintenance and repair, low downtime, and the use of hydrogen fuel. Siren Aerospace team has already conducted preliminary research and calculations and contacted many potential partners and customers.
Startup Cases
Solve real problems in existing startups in the Starta VC portfolio. Graduates get further opportunities to join these startups at C-Level positions.
Signum AI
Single platform integration with 1000+ external data vendors and workflow automation.

LEARN MORE
Siren Aerospace
Safe, quiet and compact modular electric air vehicles for air travel in the city

LEARN MORE
Interactive whiteboard for remote teamwork to organize information from different sources.

LEARN MORE
Weje
Selection Process Timeline
After passing through 4 stages of selection, you will enter a community of like-minded people where you can find resources to become an innovative, dynamic and confident startup leader
1
Registration
Step 1 — Apply on the website and choose a convenient date and time to meet with a university representative
2
Online Interview
Step 2 — Go through a short interview, talk about your experience and goals for the program
3
Final Interview
Step 3 — Meet the Starta University CEO to discuss your scholarship
4
Announcement of Results
Step 4 — Prospective students receive individual offers and are accepted into the program

Selection Process Timeline

After passing through 4 stages of selection, you will enter a community of like-minded people where you can find resources to become an innovative, dynamic and confident startup leader

1
Registration
Step 1 — Apply on the website and choose a convenient date and time to meet with a university representative
2
Online interview
Step 2 — Go through a short interview, talk about your experience and goals for the program
3
Final Interview
Step 3 — Meet the Starta University CEO to discuss your scholarship
4
Announcement of Results
Step 4 — Prospective students receive individual offers and are accepted into the program
Participation Terms
You will receive the final offer at the end of the selection process
For future founders
$3,000
monthly, 4 months
+
2.5% equity of the future startup
For future C-Level
$5,500
monthly, 4 months

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Who is C-Level for?
The C-Level program is for those who want to launch their startup or join the team of a fast-growing startup. No startup idea or previous founder experience is required. Apply on our website, and our program managers will contact you and help answer all your questions.
What is the difference between the C-Level program and an accelerator?
C-Level is a practical learning program. Future founders learn how to create in-demand products, build relationships with investors, and enter new markets while solving real challenges of Starta VC portfolio startups and launching their startups.
An accelerator is a valuable experience for a startup with traction and first sales. We recommend joining an acceleration program after the C-Level program: our graduates get a fast track to StartaAccelerator.
How is C-Level different from other startup programs?
This program is created by venture capitalists—Starta VC. We have a vital stake in your outcome of the program: we help you launch a startup and scale to be your first investor and benefit from the growth of your startup's capitalization.
You not only complete the C-Level program, but you get lifetime access to a powerful network of selected professionals at the Starta VC ecosystem. C-Level also involves working directly with accomplished founders to learn from them by solving real cases by startups that entered the US market.
What is the format of the program?
The first four months of the program take place online in an interactive live steaming format and for the fifth month, students come to New York or Berlin for an offline bootcamp, where they network with investors and entrepreneurs, pitch startups to investors, and raise funding.
Is it possible to balance the program with my full-time job?
The program is designed to take 9+ hours per week excluding the work on your startup. The schedule is accessible for part-time founders as well as founders who are heads-down building their venture.
Who can apply to the program?
The program is open to applicants from any country with sufficient English language skills to communicate with US mentors and experts.
Can I apply to the program without any startup idea?
Yes, you can. We accept future startup founders without ideas; you can choose the problem you want to work on during the program.
Can I take any other role in the startup, not only CEO?
Yes, you can join a startup team of your groupmates on any desired position, or get an offer from a startup in the Starta VC portfolio.
What if creating an MVP for my startup idea takes longer than 5 months?
In that case, you will research the market and your customers, validate demand, and get a network of investors in the course of the program so that you are 100% ready to enter a foreign market with your product MVP afterward.
Do you provide assistance with visas to the United States?
We can help with invitation and provide advice. If you have problems with your US visa, you can choose Berlin for the offline bootcamp or join the next batch of the program for this final month.
What results can I achieve with the C-Level Program?
During the program, you can find co-founders and a tech team, launch a startup from scratch, and make first sales. Your startup will be equipped to attract funding or scale in an accelerator. As you do not have to reinvent the wheel and can tap into the expertise of founders and mentors, you will save time and money and move faster on your founder journey.
If you want to take on the role of CEO, CTO, CMO, CBDO, or CPO, you will have the opportunity to join the team of your fellow students or join a startup from the Starta VC portfolio.