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.

Publicity

Summer 2009 Bay Area Semester

Getting your vision and company name out there. From blogs to radio, what works and what does not? Building long-term relationships with media people. How to leverage social media when thinking about publicity. Network in silicon valley. Everyone should have a blog. Considerations about publicity during pre-launch, launch, and post-launch of your company. Insider notes and tips about how one company took and handled positive and negative publicity.

Goal:
Start outreach to key media sources

Date:
2009-08-18, 06:30 PM

Mentors

Philip Kaplan
Founder and CEO, ADHD Labs
Bubba Murarka
Partner, DFJ
Michael Arrington
Editor, TechCrunch

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