Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

CodigoDelSur is a designer and developer of digital products. Having worked with Founder Institute startups in the past, they come as a highly recommended Founder Institute referral. They are composed of highly skilled software, web, and mobile app developers, who are excited to incorporate the latest technologies into the applications they develop.

Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 700,000+ businesses using Xero in more than 180 countries.

Vet-Tech is America's Veteran-led Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 military veteran startups in our community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

Startup Weekend


Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

Silicon Valley Summer 2017

Global Partners

The Founder Institute proudly partners with organizations that support global startup ecosystem growth.

Platinum Partner

SAP startup.focus. is the program that helps startups with a big-data, predictive or real-time analytics solution to enter a program that will allow you to sell to SAP Customers and receive partner benefits without any associated costs.

Gold Partners

Idyllic is a fully integrated design and development studio that creates innovative mobile apps and web experiences in iOS and Android. With a presence in Boston, Chicago, Boulder, Mumbai and Pune, Idyllic works with global clients to transform product ideas into sustainable, scalable businesses. Idyllic specialises in UX/UI design, mobile apps and web development for startup entrepreneurs and high-growth firms.

Kworq - is a Creative Agency based in New York City. They work with brands both big and small, including startups who have graduated from our Institute. Kworq believes in the importance of two things: story & informed design. Whether it’s pitch deck design, a website, social content or video - Kworq is your creative partner. Founder Institute companies get 50% off their first purchase.

Silver Partners

Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 700,000+ businesses using Xero in more than 180 countries. FI Members 30% off for 6 months.

The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) is a global public-private partnership non-profit focused on creating a virtuous circle of innovation and driving growth breakthroughs through novel, creative paradigms and models. CAI's mission is to accelerate and increase the volume of research commercialization in support of high growth business in order to ignite entrepreneurship, bolster the global economy and maximize the commercial and knowledge-based potential of promising inventions. CAI’s award-winning challenge-based accelerator, rigorous fact-based due diligence and capital efficient lean management models serve to hyper-accelerate “gazelle” high-performing startups for outsized investor returns.

Girls in Tech has partnered with the Founder Institute to increase female participation in entrepreneurship. GiT is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Learn more about them here:

Palo Alto Software offers Business Plan Pro, the world's leading business planning software, along with other business and marketing planning solutions. Enrolled and graduated Founders can receive 50% off of their LivePlan software.



Premier Partner Resources

Many of our partners have exclusive offers for startups in our network. See them below.

Amazon Web Services The program, AWS Activate, provides Founder Institute Founders with (1) up to $100,000 USD in AWS credits valid for 1 year, (2) Free access to the AWS Essentials 1 day web-based or instructor-led training (~$600/course), plus 8 tokens for self-paced labs (~$30/lab) (3) Free access to 1:1 virtual office hours with AWS solutions architects (4) Special offers from other companies that help startups, including Chef, Bitnami, Amazon Payments, SOASTA, Podio, CopperEgg and more. Disclaimer: The 100K offer is country dependant.

FB Start provides year-round support from Facebook product experts, an exclusive community of global startups, and up to $80,000 in free tools and services from premier partners.

The Google Cloud Platform is offering up to $100,000 USD to qualified Founders. In addition to credit, there is access to architecture reviews and technical mentors, 24/7 support, and more. The program is designed to help startups build and scale on Google Cloud Platform. They will surround you with the necessary resources to accelerate your startup and infrastructure.

Recruiterbox helps streamline your hiring process to hire better than a Fortune 500 company. It's designed to help teams collaborate on hiring decisions, and interviewers can enter ratings and provide feedback on candidates without logging in to the system. You can customize stages in your hiring workflow and automate the collection of candidates in one place. Our customers include MIT, Herschel Supply Co., Lonely Planet, Olark, the U.S. Government and thousands more of the best & brightest organizations around. FI members free access to our PRO plan for 60 days. Sign up through our link to redeem.

RocketSpace is a global ecosystem of people and ideas that provides the necessary velocity — both speed and direction — to help the world’s top innovators bring the future to market. Founded in San Francisco in 2011, its global network of technology campuses and services are designed to help growth-phase tech startups scale. More than 1000 startups have been members of RocketSpace, including 18 unicorns, such as Uber, Supercell, Blippar, Leap Motion, and Spotify. Learn more about growing your startup at

SourceSelect is a 20 Year old Supply Chain and Logistics company that has partnered with The Founder Institute to provide a cost effective and seamless manufacturing and distribution Infrastructure to allow startup companies to get to market quickly. They are offering free consulting ($5K Value)to meet with the CEO to review your Supply Chain strategy.


Acclaimed Partner Resources

Autopilot is offering 50% off 6 months or 30% off 1 year for any plan up to 10,000 contacts. Autopilot is an easy and visual marketing software for automating the customer journey. Companies use Autopilot to acquire, nurture, grow leads into customers with personalized email, in-app messages, SMS and direct mail.

BlogMutt, Founder Institute graduates, alumni, mentors and friends all know the importance of blogging to a complete inbound marketing strategy. The problem is finding the time to write those posts. With BlogMutt, you get: 1)Screened, US-based writers create original blog posts based on your needs 2) You have exclusive rights to every post you purchase 3) No contract to sign and no hidden charges for revisions. On your second month as a BlogMutt customer, they'll credit FI accounts with two free posts!

Docsend is offering 6 months of DocSend Pro free to qualified Founders. DocSend is one of the best ways to send important documents. DocSend provides analytics, feedback, and security for your deck. See which parts of your deck are the most engaging, which investors or clients are interested, and update your deck at any time.

dotmailer is an easy to use online email marketing solution that allows you to capture new customers, build beautifully designed, personalized email campaigns and design triggered email programs to promote first purchase, re-purchase & loyalty. The platform includes drag & drop email creation, forms, surveys and landing pages backed up by 24 hour support. Dotmailer offers FI founders an exclusive start-up rate at $100 per month.

eShares is offering FI companies 50% off their onboarding fees, which can range from $100 to $10,000. eShares is the leader in the cap table management space and is not just an accounting solution. They are a private market electronic securities issuer (SEC registered) and a one-stop shop for equity administration.

Gigster is offering 10% off their development services to FI members. Gigster is the fastest and easiest way to hire an elite development team—including engineers, designers, product managers from top schools and technology companies—to build your software. Users get a fixed­ price quote in minutes for software projects like mobile apps, websites, and more. Clients include enterprises and startups of all shapes & sizes. Go here for more information. 

Growbots is an all-in-one outbound sales automation platform. With automated lead generation, email communication and CRM integration – all you have to do is set up a customer profile and email campaigns to generate new sales opportunities. Growbots software will automatically find great-fit companies, contact the right decision-makers and generate warm leads for your sales team. They are offering 50% off their pro plan to Founder Institute graduates!

Grytics is a solution for Facebook groups and Workplace analytics and marketing. Admins get insights and tools to grow communities, manage the members and increase engagement. As a Founder Institute member, you get 50% off for any of our annual plan, our History products, and Grytics for Workplace.

HubSpot is a software platform to help you generate leads, close deals, and manage your pipeline. HubSpot offers a growth stack of products for customer relationship management, marketing, and sales: powerful alone, and even better when used together. HubSpot's free CRM aligns sales and marketing with ease, HubSpot Marketing helps you grow your traffic and convert more visitors into customers, and HubSpot Sales helps you skyrocket your productivity and close more leads with less work. HubSpot has partnered with accelerators like the Founder Institute to offer a 90% Scholarship on HubSpot's Growth Stack Software! Start here.

Incmind is a data room and cap table tool. Manage your cap table and minute book, update the people on your FI mailing list, and prove you are ready to be funded, all in one place. Though traditionally a data room is used only in due diligence - the last hurdle to cross before funding - with Incmind, you can always be ready for funding. FI grads get a free review of their profile, and 30 min of funding mentorship from a top FI mentor, Kamal Hassan.

Koncept is a unique prototyping and usability testing tool, 2 in 1, which helps with truly understanding users needs and expectations in early development phase. Once the prototype for iOS, Android or Web is created, specific user behaviour can be targeted by putting tasks in front of users and sharing the prototype with them. Afterwards, precise metrics, as well as heatmaps can be analyzed and design optimized accordingly. As a founder institute member, you get 50% off for a 6 month period.

Lander offers FI Founders 15% off on any plans for 3 months after the trial. Lander is a powerful online tool that lets you create and a/b test beautiful high-conversion landing pages in only seconds.

Mattermark and FI's partnership offers Founders 3 months free service in exchange for information on your company and an integration with Google Analytics. Mattermark covers data from over 1.2 million private companies, and is a leading tool for prominent VC's and influence their decision making process on new company sourcing. Mattermark can ensure that your company is reflected accurately.

Motava is a full-service digital marketing agency in Silicon Valley that designs beautiful websites and crafts digital marketing campaigns. On average, clients improve search traffic on average by 44.7% within 6-12 months. Specialties include content marketing, SEO, PPC & website creation. FI founders get a free consultation and 15% off any campaign or new website.

My Business Room and the Satmetrix team help organizations implement or upgrade their customer experience management (CEM) programs with NPX's big data analytics, user-friendly interface and powerful visuals all at the fingertips of key internal stakeholders and updated in real time. All founders and mentors in the FI network can receive $2,000 off Satmetrix NPX standard or $4,800 off NPX Pro CEM software.

Pipedrive offers Founders 7 months free! Pipedrive is a great CRM for small teams.

Prosperworks offers FI 20% off professional and business annual plans. Prosperworks is the best CRM that integrates with Gmail.

Start A Fire adds a branded badge with content recommendations within any link.The branded badge allows your audience to discover your content by adding your recommendations within links you share. Founders who sign up for an account using the link above will receive the retargeting pixel feature free in order to help with their marketing efforts digitally.

Sticker Mule is the fastest & easiest way to buy custom stickers. We offer free online proofs, free worldwide shipping and 4 day turnaround. With print runs starting at $49, we aim to be the Internet's favorite sticker printing service. provides an all-in-one solution for WordPress, which includes pre-configured websites + domain name + hosting services + 24x7 live chat support to help people build websites. Get 80% off after graduating the Founder Institute!

Unshackled Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund created in 2014 to support foreign-born entrepreneurs as they turn their innovative ideas into reality. Founded by two friends who understood the challenges facing immigrants, Unshackled helps these innovators turn their idea into the next great American company. By providing a rich environment to research and develop their concepts from idea to funded and staffed company, Unshackled gives diverse entrepreneurs the opportunity to innovate and tackle some of the U.S.’s biggest problems, ultimately improving the way we all live and work. Unshackled is supported by 80+ highly influential investors, including Brad Feld, First Round Capital, Jerry Yang and Laurene Powell Jobs. The fund has made more than a dozen investments in nearly 30 founders born in 6 different continents.

Wooshi has partnered with The Founder Institute to give your start up high quality video production services with an exclusive 25% discount from standard terms.

Zendesk is a customer service platform designed for companies that want to create customer relationships that are more meaningful, personal, and productive. They start by helping companies provide great support and then mature with self-service and proactive engagement. As a Founder Institute Member, you get $117 in Zendesk credit for 12 months.

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