May 11, 2017

Propelify

In May of 2016 over eight-thousand people gathered for Propelify’s inaugural startup event in New Jersey. Founders, investors, technologists, influencers, CEO’s, VC’s, angels and developers all converged at the Hoboken Waterfront in New Jersey to check out the hype. What did everyone want besides a seed round and all of the glory? Answers and more answers, to what you ask? among other things…

Is Propelify The Best Startup Event In NJ?

Fownders was in attendance last year to answer the same question. We descended on Propelify because the Fownders credo is  something we take very seriously. Therefore we are always sure to support anything that progresses us all towards becoming a community cemented in innovation. Especially when it has to do with startups. Millennial abundance is literally ingrained in our DNA.

Propelify is a first of its kind Northern New Jersey startup event. The Energy was vibrant to say the least.

There was a massive exchange of ideas from some of  the largest companies in the tech space like Uber and Jet, all the way to the mass of solo-preneurs who descended on the Propelify Grounds. It was a monumental event for the New Jersey Startup Community.

As a result the grounds oozed with innovative ideas and forward thinking tech enthusiasts. There was unprecedented access to expert advice and breakout speeches that were delivered to the audience on various stages. Everyone from our very own Gerard Adams to Gary Vaynerchuck of Vayner Media and Jenny Fielding who is the Managing Director of Techstars were on hand and dropping golden nuggets of knowledge on the crowd.

Propelify is heralded as the SXSW of the north. It truly is a testament to the growing startup ecosystem in North New Jersey. This yearly festival is  held on the pier in Hoboken, staring at the New York City Skyline. Over 3000 of the festivals attendees made the trek across the river from New York and further to check out the digs.  It does not surprise me at all. Why wouldn’t they want to come see the Fownders crew and find out about our Award winning Seed 2 Scale Accelerator Program; along with the many other resources being offered to the community by various organizations.

A Few Words of Gratitude.

We want to give thanks to Aaron Price because he is the founder of Propelify. We know that it takes guts and hard work and belief in the fact that the New Jersey Startup Community is ready for an event of this caliber. Aaron pulled it off. He is a special guy because he did it with class and he made it look easy. Do not worry because the truth is that we know it wasn’t. Seriously though, all the way from Newark NJ, we at Fownders give a big hats off to this founder. he Provides an avenue that bring so many like-minded individuals together at a brain exchange of great magnitude. The whole community is grateful for the festival. This single day has inspired many to take action.

Propelify is easily the best startup event in New Jersey. Thanks Aaron!

Propelify 2017

On May 18th 2017, The Fownders team is again attending Propelify in full force. We are Fresh off the second cohort of our flagship, Seed 2 Scale Accelerator. A lot has changed. We have grown. both in wisdom and in numbers. We learned. It is safe to say that we have also, laughed, yelled, pulled out some hair, had loads of fun and more. We have helped entrepreneurs from all over the country take their napkin ideas and turn them into profitable, sustainable and growing enterprises. They have secured funding from our investor network, Won contracts from cities and struck deals with leading media companies. Our cohort companies have launched amazing products and continued to grow under our ongoing mentorship.

The Future of Fownders

Be on the look out at Propelify this year because Gerard Adams will be speaking on (insert topic). More importantly we will be holding interviews on a few lucky entrepreneurs. We want to see if you have what it takes to get into our next program. It is the evolution of Fownders. It is our biggest and most impactful endeavor yet. Entrepreneurs who have an idea or a startup that are looking to get to the next stage of the game need to be on the lookout for those of us in the Grey Fownders T-shirts that say #OWNIT on the back. Do you have what it takes to put your plans into action? Are you are ready for radical responsibility and true success? Come up to one of us and ask us how you can be a part of our next cohort.

In conclusion we are pumped to see the those of you we met last year and hear great stories about all of the growth that you have experienced over the past year. We are equally excited at the prospect of meeting all of you newcomers so that we can hear about how we can help you realize your potential.



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Joe Pulaski
Joseph Pulaski, the Chief Innovation Officer, serves as Fownders product and marketing leads respectively, working across business units to create, implement and deploy data driven systems that result in lean, measurable growth. He works closely with the executive team and is utilized as an agent to arrange and oversee end to end processes that define organizational technology, education and marketing initiatives. The CIO does also execute as a software and curriculum developer for the company. Joseph has deep understanding and vast experience in the development of growth stage companies and building software products. He is a successful entrepreneur in the consumer sales and marketing spaces, with a handful of successful ventures on his resume. In his free time he enjoys writing web and mobile applications, writing educational content that helps people grow and spending time with his wife at home.



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