Fluency Score News

Industry leaders, from accelerators to ecosystem builders to investors, are using The Fluency Score to inform their work.

Our conference presentations, podcasts, and blog posts will keep you up-to-date on exciting opportunities and insightful thought leadership!

 

Articles, Presentations, and Podcasts:

Dismantling Systemic Bias against Black Founders: Replacing Social Capital and Pitch Culture with Data

Black Lives Matter. What is the startup industry going to DO in response to this call to action?

The startup support and investment community cannot continue to iterate on the current social, financial, and cultural practices rooted in bias that have systematically left Black founders behind. The solution and the path forward for our industry requires a completely new decision-making framework, not based on who you know or how you present yourself, but on standardized, objective data.

Blog Post

June 2020

Testing Business Ideas: Live Webinar

Measuring entrepreneurial risk and the value of experimentation in a post-coronavirus world.
 
Innovation thought leader and startup advisor David Bland, co-author of the best-selling new book Testing Business Ideas joins Beth McKeon, Founder & CEO of Fluent, an expert on startup risk assessment and virtual accelerator management.

Recording

April 28th, 11am MST

Presentation: Underwriting Loans in a COVID-19 Infused Recession

AEO (Association for Enterprise Opportunity) National Conference Special Event presentation featuring CEO Beth McKeon, speaking about The Fluency Score as a tool for de-risking loans in the microfinance space.  

Virtual Conference

June 24, 2020

Fluent and Other Denver-Based Companies Win DoD SBIR Innovation Contracts

Four Denver-based companies won a total of a quarter of a million dollars in non-dilutive funding in a recent round of tech innovation funding conducted by the US Air Force. The Fluency Score will leverage a “Phase I” SBIR contract to unlock continued opportunities to bring private sector innovation to the DoD.

Denver, Colorado

Spring, 2020

InBIA Partners with Fluent and SourceLink for $375,000 Rollout of The Fluency Score 

Fluency Score evaluations will be conducted among startup accelerator applicants as well as program graduates in over 20 startup accelerator cohorts across the United States. This strategic initiative will explore the potential for The Fluency Score’s data to help entrepreneurial support programs with their selection processes.

United States

2020-2021

The Fluency Score: A Qualitative Data Tool for Evaluating Commercial Viability of Companies Pursuing DoD Investment in Innovation

The Spark Collider is a two-day event that brings newly awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I companies together with relevant Department of Defense and venture capital stakeholders.

AFWERX @ Captial Factory, Austin, TX

March 10-11, 2020

ICIBI34: InBIA Conference

#TeamFluent will be presenting at InBIA’s annual conference for incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurial support organizations. We’ll also have an exhibit to share more about the InBIA’s grant-funded large-scale pilot of The Fluency Score, rolling out in dozens of accelerator programs.

Virtual Conference

June 23-25

Learn How Your Accelerator Can Access The Fluency Score for Free via the InBIA-Funded Pilot

Want to learn more about how your accelerator program can access The Fluency Score for free this year? Watch our short demo of the product and a great Q&A in this live video chat/info session!

Recording

National Entrepreneurship Week

One of the hottest – and most urgent – topics for ESOs is sustainability. How do we ensure our programs continue to demonstrate value and impact? How do we keep key funders and stakeholders engaged in this work over the long term? 

We’re excited to share how The Fluency Score can help entrepreneurial support organizations demonstrate the ROI of their work during this National Eship Week presentation! 

Webinar

February 18, 2020
2pm EST

Accelerators: The Good, The Bad, & the Future

In this episode of The Keystone podcast, Beth shares what she has learned from running 18 accelerator cohorts in five states: what works, what’s changing, where the future may take us, and how we can redesign the experience to make it as impactful as possible for entrepreneurs.

Podcast episode

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