Posted by Joe Garza about 8 hours ago

The Most Promising Silicon Valley Grads of 2014

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, has helped create more than 150 new technology companies from its Silicon Valley chapter in just over 5 years. Since its launch in 2009, FI has contributed greatly to the local startup ecosystem while providing mentorship from some of th... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 12 hours ago

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 Nailah Morgan about 13 hours ago

Founder Institute and Partner to Help New Entrepreneurs in Mexico City

As we launch the fourth Mexico City Founder Institute, we are excited to announce another partnership with the to help spur entrepreneurship in the Latin American community., is an online resource library for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs, that offers useful business... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza 1 day ago

Become a Local Startup Leader with the Founder Institute

Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential ro... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan 1 day ago

This Sunday is the Deadline for Mexico City Founder Institute Early Applications

The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, is preparing to launch a very promising Mexico City Spring 2015 Semester. We have many great startup mentors confirmed, and impressive founders are beginning to enroll in the program as well. But, time is running out to apply.  This Sunday (2015-03-08) is the ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan 1 day ago

Why Most New Entrepreneurs are Not Ready to be Mentored

In this post from his Tropical Gringo blog, Alan Colmenares, Managing Partner at Socialatom Ventures and Director of the Bogota Founder Institute, shares his experience as a startup mentor in Colombia.  Below, an excerpt of How to find a good mentor for your startup has been republished with p... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan 1 day ago

Apply for Mexico City Fellowships for a Chance to Attend the Founder Institute for Free

The Early Application Deadline for the Mexico City Spring 2015 Semester is coming up soon (2015-03-08). If you could use expert training and advice to launch a technology startup in Mexico City, then apply today. In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs "learn by doing" and launch a compan... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-03

The Founder Institute Hosts Its First Virtual Global Demo Day

The Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup startup launch program, with a portfolio of over 1350 Graduate companies from across 85+ cities and six continents.  In an effort to further "Globalize Silicon Valley", The Founder Institute will host its first ever Global Virtual Demo Day ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-03

Learn How to Interview Customers the Right Way on this Free Online Workshop

Understanding, and solving, your customer's problems is the key to your entrepreneurial success.  But, how do you find customers to ask about their problems? What do you ask them? How do you record their answers? After you get their answers...what do you do with them? This stuff is complex...but during the "Interviewing ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-03

FI Grad WomyAds Obtains 57 Million Users on their Platform

WomyAds has obtained 57 million users on its platform, which was reported in a article titled “Colombian Platform achieved 57 million users”. WomyAds and its Founders Ricardo Gonzalez Vargas and Carolina Cruz Hoyos are Graduates of the Bogotá Founder Institute. The company developed a web and ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-02

FI Grad RushTix Launches at the Launch Festival: A Subscription Worth Leaving the Couch For

Silicon Valley Founder Institute Graduate RushTix launched at the Launch Festival today, in front of thousands of people.   RushTix is the first unlimited subscription service for local arts and culture. For just $99 a month, subscribers get unlimited tickets and can choose from a list expertly curated event... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-02

Webinar: "How To Develop Your Startup Ecosystem", Featuring International Startup Leaders

As the world's largest entrepreneur training and launch program, The Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,350 technology companies across 85+ cities and six continents. Creating and nuturing a local startup ecosystem is no easy feat, and our success is very much dependent on the passion and tactics of our 200+ Local Found... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-02

Come to a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn from top Startup Experts

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 92 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 Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-01

How to Attract The Right Investors

The Founder Institute recently concluded its inaugural Founder Lab program, in which various promising seed-stage startups from around the globe spent a week in Silicon Valley working with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors. Despite the short duration of the program, participating companies went home with a fu... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-01

Pre-Sale Tickets Available for the Founder Showcase: Silicon Valley’s International Startup Event

Hosted by and the Founder Institute, the Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading international seed-stage startup event, gathering global technology founders and investors to hear from top experts, and help launch new companies to greatness.  The 16th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled fo... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-27

5 Tips to Improve Your Teachings as a Startup Mentor

This post was written by Jimmy Hendricks - CEO and Co-Founder of Deal Current, and top-rated mentor of the San Diego Founder Institute.  It was an honor this year to receive the highest rated global mentor award from Founder’s Institute. I always received feedback from our San Diego organizer, Jeanine Jacobson, that... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-02-27

FI Grad Getable raises $5 Million in Series A, featured on TechCrunch

Getable has raised $5 million in Series A round fund, which has been reported by Ryan Lawler in a TechCrunch article titled “Getable Gets $5 Million To Help Contractors Rent Construction Equipment From An iPad”. Getable and its Founder Tim Hyer is a Graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute. Founded in 2010, Getab... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-02-27

FI Grad UnBuffer Wins Big at SMAC startup day 2015

UnBuffer, a 2014 Founder Institute graduate of Bangalore, India, participated and won the SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) startup day 2015 event. On February 19th, SMAC day 2015 took place in Bangalore, India. Respected industry leaders in social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies led engaging discussions with ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-27

Is Your Startup Fundable?

Have you ever wondered what qualities investors look for in a startup to consider it fundable? Benjamin Chong, a partner at Right Click Capital and a Co-Director of the Sydney Founder Institute, has created a three question test to help determine your answer in the article “Three ways to test if your startup is fundable,&r... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-26

Paying It Forward: How to Help New Startups Rise to the Top

We once asked Seattle Founder Institute mentor, Dan Shapiro why it's so important for experienced entrepreneurs to mentor new founders. To answer our question, Dan directed us to this gem of a blog post. Below, How to Help Startups, has been republished: "It’s been seven years since I started my first company. My su... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-02-25

Aspiring Female Technology Entrepreneurs Wanted in Mexico City

The Founder Institute, world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, is committed to narrowing the gender gap in high-tech startups.  In 2011, we introduced the Female Founder Fellowship program, which would allow females to apply to the Founder Institute for free ($50 value), and also provide... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-22

To Grow Your Local Startup Community, First Map it Out

If you ask a local startup leader what is holding back their community from growing, chances are the answer you will get is “a lack of capital”. However, in our experience working in nearly 100 markets across the globe, "lack of capital" is nowhere near being the biggest hindrance to startup community growth. In fac... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-20

The Lean Branding Approach to Business Naming

For most, if not all, entrepreneurs crafting the perfect name for a company is a daunting task. Not only must a business brand be memorable, but it must also encapsulate the values and mission of the business. Fortunately, Margot Bushnaq, founder of BrandBucket, has delineated a simple yet effective method for creatin... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-19

Feetz and Litesprite Selected as Finalists in the SXSW Accelerator Competition

On January 15th, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival announced its Accelerator Finalists, judges, and emcees. Feetz and Litesprite, two Founder Institute Graduates, were selected as SXSW Accelerator Finalists. The competition will showcase the most innovative technologies from around the world an... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-18

Where Do You Fit In? A Founder’s Guide to Startup Roles

For many people who are considering a jump into the startup industry, there is one often mysterious question they must answer: "Where do I fit in?" If not as the founder of your own company, which startup position should you take? As Jason Freedman says, "We startups are collectively still really bad at helping them break into o... (more available)

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