Partners


PayPal Startup Blueprint, by PayPal, is a global program that provides innovative startups with tools needed to grow and succeed. 

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and other professionals in 20 U.S. offices, as well as Bogotá and Mexico City. Among the nation's largest law firms, Holland & Knight provides representation in business, litigation, real estate and governmental law. Our Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Team advises a broad array of emerging companies on a local, national and global scale through each stage of their life cycles.  Our clients are engaged in a variety of technology-related industries.

Chicago Autumn 2014

Local Partners:

SingleHop is a dedicated and cloud hosting provider that offers highly scalable, on-demand infrastructure services to both end-users and resellers primarily under monthly contracts.  With clients in 114 countries, four strategically located data centers (two in Chicago, one in Phoenix and one in Amsterdam) and over 12,000 servers online, SingleHop delivers state-of-the-art hardware, server management customization and Infrastructure-as-a-Service.  While combining security and convenience to provide solutions for a wide range of enterprises, SingleHop remains an industry leader in providing customers with automatic provisioning, remote management and accessibility using a variety of personal devices.

SingleHop was established in 2006 and makes its home in Chicago, IL.  In 2011, the company was named #25 on the Inc. 500 list for the fastest growing companies in America, a significant leap from #58 the previous year.  SingleHop was also listed in the Inc. 500 list in 2012 in position 546.

DigitalGroundUp is an innovative technology platform that offers short interactive online courses on digital marketing. By focusing on simple best practices and easy to implement tactics, DigitalGroundUp allows companies to reduce their cost per acquisition numbers and increase their conversions, all without needing to hire a consultant, agency, or in-house specialist. Whether students are looking to learn about paid search, Facebook advertising, Google Analytics, display advertising, or many other topics, DigitalGroundUp has courses, blog posts, and experts to help demystify the area. 


Just about every start up suffers from the same problem in the sales process and that is obtaining an actual conversation with their prospects. ZigaVite helps sales people reach engagement with their prospects using incentive based email invitations that: get noticed, opened and engaged by attaching a “Thank You” item from ZigaVite’s appreciation catalog.  As a result: sales cycles get shorter, customer acquisition costs decrease, sales staff satisfaction increases and training and recruiting costs decline.

How does it work? 1) Craft an email to a prospect, 2) Attach a Thank You item to generate attention and secure attendance at desired sales activity, 3) Confirm prospect attended your activity, 4) Thank You item is sent by ZigaVite to prospect


DESIGNATION is a design bootcamp that trains people of all experience levels to be UI/UX designers and front-end developers over 12 weeks in Chicago. The program is a fast paced, high intensity experience that immerses students in a creative, collaborate environment in order to produce extraordinary results in a highly concentrated timeframe.

Marengo Hampshire Partners is a national full-service human capital consulting and recruiting firm.  We have vast expertise working with companies ranging from early-stage to F1000 companies. 

Our success comes from over 20 years of experience bringing the best human capital into topcompanies through Retained Search, On-Demand Recruiting, and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO).  Our clients rely on our deep experience and knowledge of the market and our ability to be responsive, efficient, and agile to achieve success.

What differentiates Marengo Hampshire Partners is our philosophy and approach to the   marketplace.  We have completely changed the industry model by bringing the first non-transactional recruiting firm to the market that is truly aligned to our clients’ bottom line.  We have done this by guaranteeing every role we place for the life of the role.  With this model we are completely aligned to our client's outcome and success.

Pasquesi Partners LLC is a boutique firm offering a modern approach to accounting and tax services for entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Personal attention, responsiveness and quality are the cornerstones of our relationships.  We simplify the lives of individuals and small business owners and take care of the accounting, taxes, bookkeeping, payroll, and billing so they can focus on what will grow their business.  Pasquesi Partners use secure cloud based technologies so business owners know the financial status of their business.

INBOX is an online product development company with 15 years of experience in creating digital products for web and mobile. INBOX will provide everything you need for your online application, from design to development.  Features include: everything your small business needs, at a price you can afford; unique APP design & development to your specifications; design concepts revisions until you are happy with the design; dedicated team assigned to your project; fixed price; UI design, front-end, and back-end development; and free APP hosting during developemnt and testing phase.

 

Global Partners

If you are interested in becoming a Founder Institute partner and helping us launch the next wave of innovative technology companies, please contact sales (at) fi (dot) co. Please note that partnerships are subject to change.


Platinum Partners

Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative to help entrepreneurs build great companies working with startups at every stage of maturity, providing the tools, resources, and expertise they need to succeed. The initiative is broad-based, and includes a community program, accelerators, and a seed fund. Microsoft Bizspark, the community program, provides access to free software development tools (including Dev tools, Office, Windows and SQL), training and visibility at no cost. Find out more and register here: http://aka.ms/BizSparkFI. The approach helps startups scale their business, bring innovative services to market and reach new customers. Visit Microsoft Ventures at http://aka.ms/microsoftventures to learn more.


Gold Partners

crowdSPRING - the world's #1 marketplace for custom logos, web design and naming, is pleased to partner with Founder Institute to give you $20 off any project, plus a free ($99 value) advanced promotion (total discount: $119). Entrepreneurs post what you need, when you need it and how much you'll pay. Once posted, creatives from around the world submit actual work. You select from among actual work (an average of 130+ entries per project), not bids or proposals. crowdSPRING (winner of numerous national and international awards) has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs from the United States and 100+ other countries meet their creative needs. For More Information Go Here.


Silver Partners

Cloud Elements - is a cloud API integration service that uses a “one-to-many” approach to connect your application with entire categories of services, each through a single API. We enable SaaS application developers to rapidly deliver “Cooperative Apps”; apps that connect seamlessly with other leading cloud services. Cloud Elements is headquartered in Denver,CO, but serves customers worldwide. More information can be found at www.cloud-elements.com.

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