Paul Singh, dad, entrepreneur, speaker, investor and Airstreamer, is bringing his Results Junkies (RJ) Tech Tour to Baltimore from September 26-30. This year, Singh has driven across North America with his truck and his Airstream travel trailer to mentor and visit startups, coworking spaces, and accelerators. His Tech Tour includes 29 cities in the United States and Canada.
According to the Washington Business Journal, “Singh plans to invest in about 10 to 20 startups along the way, to the tune of $100,000 to $250,000 in total funding. He has also formed a group of angel investors who have pledged an additional $63,000 in funding” as of March 2016.
But Singh isn’t only interested in developed tech-based startups. “I want to see plumbers that use email-marketing to get as much value out of these events that we put on as the self-identifying tech-person does as well.” His goal is to draw these very different demographics by calling them to the Airstream. Check out his plan in his own words:
Interested in seeing what a day of the tour looks like? When Singh visited Iowa, Geoff Wood, founder of Gravitate, wrote an account of the eventful week. To give you an idea of the week they had, here are some of the key takeaways from Wood:
“Takeaway: If you’re going to start investing in tech companies, put half of your allocation into local companies and half into companies outside the area (through vehicles like AngelList syndicates). Learn from the deal flow you see with the national investors and hold the local companies to the same standards. It’s not philanthropy and it’s not altruism but that doesn’t mean the local startup community won’t benefit in the long run.”
“Takeaway: In Paul’s experience of visiting 20 cities so far on the tour, every ecosystem needs four things to grow tech-enabled, early stage companies: a coworking space (hey cool!), an event space, an angel investor group and code school.”
“Takeaway: Don’t get stuck only looking to local resources to help you grow your company—there is no excuse not to check in on decks, pitch presentations, term sheets, etc. from places like Techstars, 500 Startups and Y Combinator. Most are online—use them.”
If you’re interested in attending the RJ Tech Tour Happy Hour Kickoff at the ETC Open House, please follow this link and RSVP. And click the following link, if you want to find out about more events during Baltimore Innovation Week.