Microsoft BizSpark has thrown support behind the Institute as our first charter sponsor. Microsoft has an excellent, Founder-centeric offering:

  • Founders will have access to the full suite of Microsoft products for development purposes,
  • Founders will gain access to the BizSpark network for investor, vendor, and advisor contacts,
  • Five Founders will be BizSpark Fellows, receiving a scholarship to the institute,
  • Microsoft will make facilities available for Summer 2009 sessions.

The Founders Fund is looking for strong teams who believe their companies can transform an industry or create a new one. Successful founders not only articulate their vision with passion, but build a roster with expertise in engineering, product design, and business development. We want to meet both new entrepreneurs with fresh vision and seasoned veterans who've learned from experience. We value innovation and inspiration, but also the attention to detail and hard work needed to operate a company that will realize its value for employees and shareholders.

Charles River Ventures has a clear investment focus: seek out visionary entrepreneurs, and give them the support they need to build great companies from the ground up. Since 1970, Charles River Ventures has helped startups turn ideas into real businesses. Companies like Cascade, CIENA, ChipCom, NetGenesis, Parametric Technology, Sonus, Speechworks, Stratus Computer, Sybase, Vignette and dozens more have realized stunning success with the backing and support of CRV.

See some other partners here.


Summer 2009 Bay Area Semester

How to sell the story of your company and your offering. How to truly understand the customer and how to sell to early adopters. Hot to roll-out a marketing plan effectively. Brand management. Accountability and tracking marketing expenses and efforts is key. Who am I trying to reach? What’s important to them? How can we help? What are their pains/challenges? How and where do they seek resolution? Guerilla marketing tactics. Online and offline marketing channels discussed.

Create a messaging plan
2009-08-17, 06:30 PM


Scott Painter
CEO, TrueCar

Over the course of his prolific career, Scott Painter, CEO of TrueCar, Inc., has formed over 30 companies – the majority of which bring innovation and advancement to the retail automotive industry. A prolific fundraiser, Painter has risen over one one billion dollars fro...

Joe Zawadzki
CEO, MediaMath

Joe Zawadzki is the CEO of MediaMath, a media buying platform and service that is helping transform the modern agency. He was previously the Founder and President of [x+1], a marketing optimization company that was one of Inc 500’s fastest growing. He worked with AOL and ...

Bryan Thatcher
CEO, Fusebox Inc

Bryan Thatcher is CEO of Empressr, a leading Web application that allows users to create, manage and share rich-media presentations. As CEO and Founder of Fusebox, Bryan applies his mind for innovation to some of the most revered brands in finance, media, and pharmaceutic...

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