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.

Company Roadmap

Summer 2009 Bay Area Semester

How do you get from an idea to an offering? How do you build an offering? What tactics should you use to ensure success? What is the plan to develop your offering? What are tips and tricks to make that plan accurate? What are common mistakes that every founder makes? What are the best practices? How do you navigate competition, and how do you win?

Goal:
Develop a plan to build your idea.

Date:
2009-06-16, 06:30 PM

Mentors


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Trip Adler
CEO, Scribd

Trip Adler is CEO of Scribd, a fast growing provider of digital paper and document sharing. Scribd currently has more than 50 million monthly users and more than 50,000 documents are uploaded daily in just over two years of existence. Trip joined Y Combinator after Harvar...

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James Hong
Co-founder, HOT or NOT

James Hong co-founded HOT or NOT, a popular service for singles to rate each other and meet. With no funding, he and his cofounder bootstrapped a successful cashflow business before selling it in 2008. Before HOT or NOT, James was a Product Manager at Hewlett-Packard afte...

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Peter Pham
CEO, BillShrink

Peter Pham is CEO of BillShrink.com a free site that helps consumers save money on every day bills, and recently raised $8M in financing at the end of 2008. In 2005 he joined Photobucket as the 5th employee where he was VP of Business Development and was responsible for d...

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