Carving a unique positioning for your startup is hard. Making it work in the marketplace to get customer acquisition and retention metrics ticking is even harder.
That's why we have invited Chris Foltz, a top global CMO, to speak with the Startup Grind Sweden community and share his experience from three different perspectives: as an MD of Silicon Valley-based global advisory firm Responsible Solutions, as an Entrepreneur in Residence at world's largest pre-seed accelerator Founder Institute, and as an Institute for Real Growth’s ‘IRG100’ top 100 CMOs (2021).
In this fireside chat, we discuss:
⭐️ How should startups think about go to market?
⭐️ How do you build brand authenticity as a startup?
⭐️ How to tell a story that leaves the audience spellbound?
⭐️ What can startups learn from marketing in large corporations?
⭐️ How can we use ideas from politics and political campaign management in building startup traction?
⭐️ Are entrepreneurs in Nordics too soft in their pitching, marketing, and sales? What are best practices in the Silicon Valley?
⭐️ Audience Q&A and open-mic!
The discussion will be moderated by Naimul Abd, Business Advisor & Partnerships Lead at Coompanion Stockholm, serial impact entrepreneur, Regional Director Nordics at the Founder Institute, and Director Startup Grind Stockholm.
Responsible Solutions Ltd
Chris Foltz is a renowned startup advisor, transformation strategist, inspirational speaker, and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley-based global advisory firm Responsible Solutions Ltd. From his roots in partisan politics to a battle with drug addiction, 119 days in jail, losing everything, and facing homelessness, Chris is now one of the most sought-after strategic advisors and engaging …
Chris Foltz is a renowned startup advisor, transformation strategist, inspirational speaker, and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley-based global advisory firm Responsible Solutions Ltd. From his roots in partisan politics to a battle with drug addiction, 119 days in jail, losing everything, and facing homelessness, Chris is now one of the most sought-after strategic advisors and engaging initiators of unique, impact-focused, go-to-market collaborations around the world.
In 2021, Foltz’s transformative leadership was recognized through an invitation to the Institute for Real Growth’s ‘IRG100’, a cohort of the top 100 CMOs, change agents, and growth leaders worldwide. Foltz’s inclusion came during his role as Vice President of Global Reach for Sensi Media Group, publisher of the award-winning cannabis lifestyle publication Sensi Magazine and is the first IRG100 selection from the cannabis industry. He spent seven months directly collaborating with Fortune 100 C-level peers from iconic mainstream companies like Google, Unilever, Facebook, P&G, AB InBev, and Ford.
Chris is a recognized leader within the global startup ecosystem and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Founder Institute in Silicon Valley, the home base of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Foltz also serves on the FI Global Leadership team, Founder X Advisory Committee, and mentors startup founders across North America, London, Benelux, The Nordics, Africa, LATAM, India, throughout Central Asia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council. In addition to working with accelerators, Foltz impacts entrepreneurship through his role on the International Advisory Board of the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa, as an advisor to Dream VC, and as a startup advisor at LoyalVC.
Business Advisor & Partnerships LeadSee Bio
Naimul is a business advisor at Coompanion Stockholm
- Coaches more than 500 startup founders every year
- Responsible for partnerships, events, and ecosystem development
- Speaks at startup events and mentors at workshops and hackathons
- Also an early-stage impact entrepreneur and investor in startups
Before coming to Sweden he has been a marketing director for a fast-paced retail chain and has also consulted more than 20 multinational companies on consumer insights and strategic brand building.
In his spare time he makes music, you can follow him on Spotify.
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