Techstars and LEAP are hosting a FREE twice-a-month series of founder stories and entrepreneurship workshops for the greater Louisville region. If you are a current founder, interested in becoming an entrepreneur, joining a startup team, or being more entrepreneurial in your job or life, this is for you.
Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 5:00 - 6:30PM for an in-depth discussion with Joshua Lau to learn his story of becoming a startup founder.
Why a founder story?
In the news, on social media, and in community conversations, we hear and tell the stories about an entrepreneur’s big wins: a fundraising event, winning a pitch competition, making a prestigious hire, or securing a successful exit. What’s often missing, however, is the full picture of the founder’s journey that includes the hard times, the perseverance, and even the fun and fulfillment of building a company.
This series of founder stories is intentionally intimate (Twitter-free, and no recording!) and will give the audience a dose of reality they wouldn't get in any other context. Founders will share an open account of their time handling things like cofounder conflict, the personal cost of entrepreneurship, and how things have changed since being in the startup. Founders will also talk about the funny stuff, unexpected learnings, the random luck that got the company through at times, and more. These talks are highly personal and confidential.
Together we’ll see that all founders can be vulnerable and talk about the hard parts of building a company with their peers and find support and help within the startup community.
Who is Joshua?
Joshua Lau started Nymbl Systems to solve a problem that the Orthotics & Prosthetics industry had been facing for years. Antiquated legacy software. Graduating from undergrad in 2012, he was evaluating medical school. Shortly after graduation, Obama care reimbursement was rolling out and he had no real love for medicine. Many of Lau’s physician friends recommended that he take a year off. Lau ended up as an IT consultant for small to medium sized businesses in Lexington, KY. During his time consulting, he identified a need in the O&P industry. Forming the company in April 2016, Nymbl is now in 100+ clinics across the US, raised over 4M, and scaling quickly. Nymbl has recently been recognized as one of America’s top 10 small businesses by the Small Business Development Council, read into the congressional record by Congressman Andy Barr, and nominated as one of Forbes 30 under 30 founders.
What’s the agenda?
5:00 - Arrive, grab a light refreshment & get seated
5:10 - Welcome by Patrick Henshaw, CEO of LEAP
5:15 - Founder Story by Joshua Lau, including audience Q&A
6:30 - Wrap up
The Root will also host the following events:
9/4 5PM - Aaron Gani Shares His Founder Story