What a 12 months this has been. 2020 pressured us to assume in another way and allowed us to experiment with loads of the concepts which were on the again burner. It pressured us to rethink our position within the regional tech ecosystem, and listed here are among the particulars to how we modified how we labored throughout 2020.
One of many first issues we did was to actively scrap Echelon 2020 from occurring. This took everybody, inside and exterior, without warning as everybody was anticipating us to vary Echelon to digital occasion. Nonetheless, we believed that as a consequence of lowered prices and complexity in operating occasions, there could be a slew of top quality occasions occurring globally, which was nice for the ecosystem. Our efforts had been higher spent in actions that allowed us to make constant and significant impression regularly, therefore the delivery of e27 Professional Membership. Typically, you could shift your complete firm in path, and which means giving up your previous work to concentrate on future efforts.
We had been pumped, and actually afraid, to launch e27 Professional Membership. The unique plan, which bought kicked within the nuts by COVID19, was to construct the characteristic set for six months, and launch all of it at Echelon with a bang. We now needed to rethink constructing an MVP, the place to focus our efforts on and go to market as shortly as doable. We nailed it to some key space that the neighborhood wanted assist with probably the most:
- Saving prices on providers, therefore the launch of Perks
- Fundraising and entry to buyers, therefore the launch of Join and the enhancements to our Investor database
- Higher methods for Startups to showcase what they do, therefore the enhancements to the Startups database and profiles
It’s been fairly journey, and we had the lucky alternative to work with a whole bunch of Startups and Buyers who’ve signed as much as Professional. The thrilling half is that we are able to now make significant impression daily to the ecosystem, and never simply look forward to a 2 day interval annually.
Webinars, Join Applications, Workshops and Extra
With the membership mannequin got here new methods to interact and work together with our neighborhood. We launched a slew of month-to-month webinars together with Meet the VC sequence. We partnered with the Open Circles crew to launch OC27, a webinar sequence that includes prime audio system from all over the world, together with the Founding father of Siri. We launched the Join Program, the place we matched Startups with Buyers from across the area. We did this in several methods all year long, together with a 2 week intensive Join program. Now we do it in a extra automated manner, through the Join buttons and early subsequent 12 months, we will likely be launching the Join dashboard. It’s been fairly continuous all 12 months with actions and packages to raised Join and educate the ecosystem.
One of many highlights of what we do is that we’re capable of work with many alternative organizations that make an impression far past our attain and capabilities. Fb was one in every of them, and we’re grateful for the chance to companion with them for the Fb Neighborhood Accelerator in 2020.
Fb Neighborhood Accelerator
13 communities from a variety of neighborhood efforts together with LGBTQ to psychological well being consciousness had been a part of this program. In a time like this, neighborhood organizations are extra crucial than ever. Members depend upon them for assist, and in some instances their livelihoods. By way of our partnership with Fb and numerous mentors, we had been capable of equip these communities with the instruments to develop their communities and impression their members in additional related methods. The 6 months program allowed them to consider information methods to serve their members, work out plans to those initiatives executed and milestones to maintain the management members on monitor.
COVID assist program
Lastly, we understood first hand how the actual the battle was for Startups. On the finish of March, simply as completely different cities all over the world had been going into lockdown, we put in effort to advertise Startups and share offers for firms to avoid wasting prices on numerous providers. We additionally shared numerous assets from VCs and the overall neighborhood on enterprise continuity planning actions, to information Startups on evolve their working practices. We launched particular webinars particular to COVID19 centric actions and even launched a class for COVID19 tales. It was a troublesome time for everybody, and we tried to play our half.
COVID19 has pressured to rethink our manner of doing issues and mirror on our lives. It has been a stress-filled and difficult 12 months, and a tragedy for too many individuals. Nonetheless, it has additionally been a 12 months of studying, change, reflection and development.
I’m happy with the way in which the crew at e27 has responded to the challenges we confronted this 12 months. We want the identical for all of you as 2020 involves an finish and we glance ahead optimistically to a greater 12 months forward.
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