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.

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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.

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: The approach helps startups scale their business, bring innovative services to market and reach new customers. Visit Microsoft Ventures at to learn more.

AppCampus - AppCampus is an accelerator platform funded by Nokia and Microsoft. Successful applicants will receive awards varying up to 70,000 euros depending on the complexity of the mobile app. In addition, AppCampus also provides training in mobile technology, design and usability, coaching and marketing support. Learn more about the program here. For more information on how to apply please contact sales (at) fi (dot) co.

Idyllic Software - They're a tight-knit team of Ruby on Rails developers with a lot of experience in the startup world. They believe in fast delivery, common sense solutions, doing what they love, and getting it right the first time. They will never outsource your projects and they will speak up if we have an idea or opinion. Their developers are always available to talk about project status, changes, or questions—with no middleman. For more information contact Idyllic Software here!

Gold Partners

Palo Alto Software - Live Plan is the #1 selling business planning and financial tracking software brought to you by Palo Alto Software. LivePlan provides entrepreneurs and business owners with cloud-based tools to craft a one-page business pitch, write a lender- and investor-ready business plan, track key performance indicators, and grow their business. LivePlan is proud to partner with the Founder Institute to help the Founder Institute's members plan for and experience success. For More Information Go Here.

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 - Quickly integrate messaging (SendGrid, Twilio & Infobip) & documents services (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, SharePoint & Evernote) that connect your SaaS application to your customers applications using Cloud Elements Hubs. Contact for help.

Wave Accounting - Wave is awesome, cloud-based, integrated software and tools for small businesses. So far, that includes Invoicing, Accounting, Payroll, Payments, Receipts and more, plus Personal Finance Software, too. We are focused on the under 9 employee space- micro/small businesses. For more information Go Here.

Softjourn - We believe that global teams are not just for the big guys. We have proved this many times by assisting startups to go from an idea to a successful business. You will feel the difference working with us; technical expertise, communication and experience make us a partner rather than just coders. We love helping you launch!

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