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Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 5 hours ago

Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs & Get Feedback. Attend a Free Event in Your City!

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 110 cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-02-17

Pitch Your Startup at a Free Event with FI’s Adeo Ressi & Intel Capital’s Sanjit Dang

Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, will speak at the upcoming free event, "Direct to VC: Afternoon Pitch with Intel Capital and Founder Institute", on Mar 17, 2016 at 1pm in Palo Alto. This event is hosted by Intel Capital, the Founder Institute, and SAP Startup Focus, and gives entrepreneurs the op... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-05

Now That’s How You Pitch a Startup! Quick Lessons from the Launch Festival

We talk a lot about pitching here at the Founder Institute, between our entrepreneur training program and our pitch event the Founder Showcase. This is because no matter what type of business you are trying to create, you will need to pitch it thousands of times to potential customers, employees, investors, press, and more. Yeah... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-10-21

Onevest hosts Startup Funding 101 webinar with Adeo Ressi

Onevest, a partner of the Founder Institute, invites you to a Startup Funding 101 webinar on October 22nd from 1pm to 2pm EDT. Onevest, a vibrant platform to launch and invest in startups, is the product of a partnership between CoFoundersLab, the largest startup team-building platform, and RockThePost, a leading equity crowdfu... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-10-01

Ask Founder Institute Graduates Questions on Wednesday’s Online Graduate Q&A Panel

Have questions about what it’s like to go through the Founder Institute? Then join us for an upcoming Online Graduate Q&A Panel, where you can learn about the program from entrepreneurs who launched their companies through the Founder Institute program.  The next Online Graduate Q&A Panel is scheduled for Wed... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-16

Have a Business Idea in Perth? Pitch it to a Silicon Valley Expert on the Perth Founder Hotseat Webinar

Do you have an idea for a new website or technology company that you would like to start in Perth?  Would you like to get live feedback on your idea from an Silicon Valley startup expert, without leaving your chair? Then join us for Thursday's special Perth Founder Hotseat Webinar, presented by City of Perth, and Morning S... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-07

Pitch Your Ideas to Jason Calacanis on This Week’s Special Founder Hotseat Webinar

Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading entrepreneur and angel investor? Then join us for this week's Founder Hotseat Webinar, with a very special guest: Jason Calacanis, Founder/ CEO of, Founder of the Launch Festival, Host of This Week in Startups, and top angel investo... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-04

Meet our Newest Founder Showcase Hall of Famers

Earlier this week we were honored to announce that Founder Showcase contestants have now raised over $130 million. As a follow up to that news, today we are excited to introduce the six newest inductees to the Founder Showcase Hall of Fame. After presenting on the Founder Showcase stage, these companies went on to achieve... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-01

No April Fools: Founder Showcase Contestants have now Raised over $130 Million

The Founder Showcase, now in it's 15th edition, is a 100% free pitch competition completely geared towards seed-stage companies. While most other similar events feature companies raising their Series-A, we go one step earlier, as our presenters are all less than two years old and have raised less than $250,000 in funding. As a r... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-12-06

Adeo Ressi to Keynote TechCrunch Moscow: Adopting the Silicon Valley Mindset

Get ready Russia, TechCrunch Moscow is coming your way. The two day conference (December 8-9) “Innovation Detox”, will focus on how innovation can improve quality of life.

Kicking things off on Sunday, October 8, is Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi, who will speak on the topic of “Adopting the Silicon Valley Mindset”. Following the event, Ressi will host an exclusive Startup Pitch Bootcamp.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-07-03

Elon Musk Explains the Fallacy of Learning from Failure

Recently, the FI team, along with a handful of founders, directors, and mentors, made their way down to Los Angeles to tour SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) - a privately owned space launch company led by Elon Musk (CEO, Tesla).

On the tour we learned a ton about space travel and exploration, got to see rockets and spacecrafts being built right before our eyes, and even heard a few insights on entrepreneurship from Elon himself.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-11-06

Founder Showcase CrowdPitch Competition Winner is @jobFig

With the CrowdPitch Competition, anyone who purchases a Founder/CEO or table ticket has an opportunity to pitch on stage in front of hundreds of investors, founders, and press at the Founder Showcase event.  

After more than 35 people submitted pitches and 1200 votes, the winner of the 12th Founder Showcase CrowdPitch Competiton is jobFig. Read more..

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-10-07

Deadline to Apply to the #FounderShowcase Pitch Competition is Wednesday, Oct 10th

Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure? Apply to the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition where previous presenters have raised over $45 million in funding to date.  All companies less than 2 years old with less than $250k in funding are eligible to apply. Get your submissions in now - the deadline is Wednesday, October 10th at 11:59pm PST.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-07-25

The 11th #FounderShowcase is Here: With Kevin Rose, Aaron Levie, and Hiten Shah

The 11th Founder Showcase is today, July 25th, in Mountain View, CA, and will feature Kevin Rose (Founder of Digg and Venture Partner at Google Ventures)Aaron Levie (Co-Founder & CEO of Box), and Hiten Shah (CEO of KISSmetrics) as speakers. We are expecting over 350 investors, founders, and press. 

Get tickets before they sell out

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-07-24

Founder Showcase CrowdPitch Competition Winner: UpOut

With the Founder Showcase CrowdPitch Competition, anyone who attends the event has an opportunity to pitch on stage in front of hundreds of investors, founders, and press at the 11th Founder Showcase on July 25th.

After more than 30 people submitted one-sentence pitches, the winner is

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-07-24

A Great Windows 8 Event - Be Sure to Join Our Next One

Right before the Founder Showcase on Wednesday we hosted a special luncheon with Windows 8. Over 50 guests attended this informative workshop, where Windows 8 experts reviewed how to design apps with Metro principles and the Windows personality, and the business opportunity Windows 8 represents for app developers. 

Microsoft also gave away four Windows 8 Nokia Lumia phones to four lucky people! 

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-07-16

Startup Pitch Bootcamp Lessons Learned, by @8th_color

The Founder Institute hosts several free Startup Bootcamp events in cities around the world, to help aspiring local entrepreneurs to improve both their startup ideas and pitch, and to meet co-founders (see the list of currently scheduled events here).

Last week we hosted a Startup Pitch Bootcamp event in Brussels, and FI Graduate Christoph Philemotte wrote a blog post sharing the biggest takeaways he had from the event. Read the article here. 

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-04-20

#FounderShowcase Preview: Videos by @KevinHartz, @DanShapiro, and @Arcimoto

There are three major trends we are seeing in the emerging technology boom: rapid scaleexpedited startup M&A, and a global market. The Founder Showcase, hosted by the Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi, will bring together leaders to address each of these topics. 

Here we give you a preview of what you'll see at the event, with videos from Keynote Speakers Kevin Hartz and Dan Shapiro, as well as a special video by Arcimoto

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-02-29

9th #FounderShowcase Videos Released featuring @m2jr @msuster @davemcclure

The 9th Founder Showcase featured on-stage interviews with some of today's most respected startup investors and technology journalists; Evelyn Rusli of The New York Times interviewing Mark Suster of GRP Partners, Ina Fried of All Things Digital interviewing Mike Maples Jr. of FLOODGATE, and Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch interviewing Dave McClure of 500 Startups

The 10th Founder Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th in San Francisco.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-01-26’s Top Startup Investors of 2011

At last week's 9th Founder Showcase, we celebrated the best investors of 2011 with's Entrepreneur Investor Awards.

Anthony Ha of TechCrunch covered the awards here.

Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz, George Zachary of Charles River Ventures, Philippe Herbert of Banexi Venture Partners, Yuri Milner of Group, and Dave McClure of 500 Startups all received awards. 

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-01-25

Video of FI Grad Spinnakr’s Winning Founder Showcase Pitch

Last Thursday, over 300 people gathered in Silicon Valley for the 9th Founder Showcase, hosted by and the Founder Institute. At the event, 8 companies competed on stage in a free pitch competition, and taking the Grand Prize was Michael Mayernick and Spinnakr - a service for displaying targeted messaging on your website based on the specific audience segments. Click here to see the video of their pitch. 

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-01-10

Who were 2011’s Best #Startup Investors? Finalists Announced..

The 9th Founder Showcase is scheduled for January 19th in Mountain View, CA, and for the first time will feature’s Entrepreneur Investor Awards, where we will celebrate the best investors of 2011. 

So, without further ado, here are the finalists for the 2011 Entrepreneur Investor Awards...

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2011-12-15

9th #FounderShowcase on Jan 19 - with #Entrepreneur Investor Awards

The Founder Showcase, hosted by the Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi, is Silicon Valley's Premier Seed-Stage Startup Event. 

The 9th Founder Showcase is now scheduled for January 19th at Microsoft's Mountain View Campus, and for the first time will feature’s Entrepreneur Investor Awards, where we will celebrate the best investors of 2011. All in all, this will be our most exclusive event yet - with just 175 tickets available to the general public

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2011-09-25

Free Founder Institute #Startup Events Across the Globe

It's "application season" as we call it here at the Founder Institute, and we're gearing up for great Autumn and Winter Semesters in over 10 cities. If you're interested in the Founder Institute - or if you just want to improve your idea or pitch - join us for one of the events we're hosting in Paris, Brussels, Washington D.C., San Diego, Chicago or London.

Not only are these events completely free, but you'll even get $50 in Elance credit just for attending!  

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