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The testimonial below is written by Tobias Dickmeis, founder of Letsmake and a Graduate of the Berlin Founder Institute, which is now accepting applications for the upcoming Berlin Spring 2014 Semester.
"If you board the Founder Institute, prepare yourself for a ride. It will get fast, it will get intense, ... (more available)
When Alex Cammarano arrived at the San Francisco Founder Institute, he was far from launching a company. Armed with only ideas and a passion for photography, he jumped in headfirst, emerging four months later as the Founder of Daylighted - a platform offering a new way to discover, enjoy and purchase fine art photography.
Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.
In this post from his blog, Founder Institute graduate, Stefan Broda, Founder of BeforeWeDo, shares his experience with the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. His honest and candid feedback is a must-read for any entrepreneur considering the program. Thinking of applying? Check out what Stefan had to say about mentor feedback, networking, time commitment, assignments, and more.
Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches.
In a post from their blog, Darryl Rettig and Renee Zau, Co-founders of DonationMatch, share their experience at the San Diego Founder Institute. Comparing the program to the popular 90's film, The Karate Kid, they suggest the Founder Institute teaches the necessary tools for success by offering "practice in disguise".
The first Sydney Founder Institute program concluded a few weeks ago, with seven promising graduate companies. One of the newly graduated founders, Tom Frazier (Co-Founder of ProcessGo!), posted a review of his experience with the program on his company blog. According to Tom, "The Founder Institute has become this thing that helps people articulate their ideas, bonds founders within a community and channels creativity into a funnel, and spits out amazing little businesses with big ambitions."
Many Graduates from the recent Winter Bay Area Semester have written about their experience with the Institute. Lucky for us, one Graduate (Maren Kate) aggregated the different reviews and posted them on her blog EscapingThe9to5.
TechStars is a great entrepreneurship program, and so is the Founder Institute. We both help grow and foster local start-up communities, but we go about it in different ways. Scott Yates, an accepted Founder in the Spring 2010 Denver Area Semester, has put up a very informative comparison chart on his blog to show the differences. Check it out here.
Roy Leban wrote an in-depth blog post about being accepted into the Founder Institute and his decision to enroll. It provides an interesting insights from the perspective of an experienced entrepreneur and technologist. A snippet from the post is below.
At first glance, I might not seem like the typical candidate for the Founder Institute. I'm not a fresh entrepreneur. I've been doing it a long time and I've had both favorable outcomes (sales) and failures (losing a lot of money). And I even serve as an advisor and mentor to a lot of other entrepreneurs. But, through it all, two things have remained constant: I'm an entrepreneur at heart, and I have a lot to learn.
The Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 50 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,563 companies in 5 years. The company's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.