How can I make contact with startups in the growth stage?
I want to work for startups but I don't know how to reach out to them. How can I make contact with startups who are in the growth stage and need a general manager to help them through the process? If startups don't recruit through agencies, then how do they recruit their staff?
In every region and every country there are forums exclusively for start-ups and entrepreneurs. You can join such forums and these founders have regular meetups as well. Ensure you participate in these meet ups.
Also there are venture capitalists discussion forums as well. Here you will see many budding and established entrepreneurs here.
From the government side in the chamber of commerce offices, you will get to meet regularly start up founders.
The key is to a narrow focus on the kind of start up you want to work with. Who is your ideal customer? Tech, Fintech. Life sciences? Then understand which incubators/ecosystem provides services to those start ups. Craig gave you a partial list you can start with, there are others as well. Talk to the incubators and ask how you can provide value to their member companies. What problems are their start ups facing? Create value for them such as a webinar./ workshop or guide that helps them solve their greatest challenge(s). Position yourself as the trusted advisor.
You may want to leverage a CRM and automation tool to communicate with your contacts through out the entire customer life-cycle. Also, use the resources you create as a lead gen tool on your website to build your database of start ups. Once they enter your CRM you can build better relationships with them based on what their unique interests are. Good luck and let me know if I can help in any way!
Startups recruit through their personal networks. The good thing is that startups are very accessible most are one-man shows so you meet the key decision maker quickly. What you need to ask yourself is which service provider caters to startups who has been doing so over the years and who is not in direct competition to you. Once you've found them either hire/purchase/lease their database of startups. You can even structure a deal where they introduce you to startups that meet your target criteria
Do some research on social media or their website, see if you can determine at least one contact and reach out to them via email or call and introduce yourself. Chances are they're busy getting their new company up and running and do not have a lot of time to source various positions.
According to Census.gov there are about 500,000 start-ups launched each month across the US. Maybe you're not being specific enough. People tend to use the generalization "start-up" to identify a target audience. But, they are really thinking of businesses that are much more tightly defined. This could be your problem. Your use of the words "growth stage" and the fact that you're looking for "general management" opportunities says to me you're looking for a much more robust early stage business. Something in high-tech or specialized manufacturing. A business that has already achieved financial infusion and is rapidly expanding, possibly reaching growth rates beyond the capabilities of the founders. I'd suggest you focus you attention on the business incubators who are affiliated with major colleges or venture capital groups. These organizations are grooming the thoroughbreds of the start-up world. You will need to start networking with these groups so that you can keep an eye out for the kinds of businesses that are coming into these groups. And, to become a known and trusted resource. If you want to catch rainbow trout don't fish in a farmers pond. It's not where the trout hangout. Hope this helps.
Hello Kristine. I just ran a quick search for you specifically for the 'UK' and learned that Startup records have been broken as at November 2014 - half a million+! The links I provide below will give you the firm names, contacts, locations, etc. so you can contact them directly.
There are also a number of sites that will provide you with lists - mostly for free, some with a wee fee. I would suggest that you subscribe to the links I am sending so you can keep on top of what is happening with these incredible entrepreneurs, choose specific industries you have expertise in, etc.etc.
Other than directly contacting new Startups, your own marketing campaign of your services should be, and likely is, all over the Net. I am assuming that you have made yourself 'highly visible' on the global stage by this point.
I hope these links help you Kristine, and encourage you to check out each of them thoroughly - including a list of the Top 40 Social Networking Sites for Entrepreneurs.
or meetups like this one helps you can start your own ( meetup group) and offer free advice for start ups in your area build a business vehicle that allows start ups to come to you instead of you chasing them
also see if there is a score chapter near you https://sandiego.score.org/
Where ever you are located, there are startup and incubator networks. Often they revolve around colleges or universities that are hosts, hold workshops, funnel state and federal funding and sometimes actually have incubator office space. You can also search for investor or financial startup backers and the will get you a list of contacts. These groups hold periodic meetings, practice pitches, etc. and that's a good way to meet people locally. You can also look for groups in LinkedIn.
I will suggest attending events at your local incubators or shared office spaces..
You need to go where start up founders go, find the start ups you want to work with and connect with the founders.
There are startup lists like Angel.co where you can find startup founders looking for people to fill roles on their team. You can also research local startup accelerators like 500.co. Here is a list of some places you can find founders.
Find them, follow them and engage them.