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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Red Cannonball serves as your Digital CMO to help grow your business. Red Cannonball provides Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, and Social Media Management to growing companies to help drive sales and revenue through their apps and websites. As a Google Certified Partner, Red Cannonball has worked with companies to drive sales through Google’s AdWords platform and utilizes Search, Display, and Remarketing strategies to drive sales from specifically targeted demographics. Contact Red Cannonball today to help grow your business beyond the growth stage and into a profitable company.

Global Partners

Founder Institute partners below are global supporters of the Founder Institute mission to help create 1 million jobs worldwide through entrepreneurship.

Over 250+ partner offerings give FI Founders over $2,000,000 USD to help you launch your business. Apply to become a Founder Institute Founder here

If you are interested in becoming a Founder Institute partner to help us in our mission, please email

Platinum Partners

Startup Blueprint is the only program designed to fuel profitability for your startup by providing free payment processing and advice. Connecting through top tier incubators, accelerators and VCs, they activate the optimum revenue model for your business. Benefits include a free transaction volume up to $1.5 million USD* ($50,000 USD of PayPal fees waived for 18 months). For Braintree, free transaction volume up to $100,000 USD (braintree fees waived for 18 months).

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm with 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries. The firm combines deep local knowledge – worldwide creating value for our clients. Cushman & Wakefield is a leading advisor to technology companies and has recently provided services for companies such as Salesforce, Flextronics, Ericsson, Symantec, Nintendo,, GoPro, SurveyMonkey, Snapfish, and 23andMe. The firm’s experience working with the TAMI sectors is developed into a leading-edge website called C&W TechBeat. Cushman & Wakefield has also served as the exclusive real estate sponsor of TechCrunch Disrupt, the premiere ecosystem and confluence of “game changing” companies in the new economy. To learn more please contact Mike Moran (, Chase Novak ( or Follow @CushWake & @CushWakeTech on Twitter!

Gold Partners

Wrike - is a Work Management software that helps growing businesses meet their goals. By combining tools for managing projects with easy task management and team collaboration features, we helps founders track work and deliver results on schedule. With apps for both iOS and Android, Wrike helps you stay connected with your team from anywhere without the need for long email threads and lost information. You can also run reports to share progress with mentors or investors.

Lander App is a powerful online tool that lets you create and a/b test beautiful high-conversion landing pages in only seconds. With Lander you’ll be able to get your own Landing Pages without help from developers or designers. Make use of one of our conversion-focused templates or create your own using our drag and drop editor. Also with Lander you can connect with everyone and everything: Google Analytics, Email Marketing tools, social networks and CRMs. Get real time reports and track results on your landing page’s dashboard in order to create the best possible landing page for your business. Here's a quick video tutorial and a link to their blog with expert tips!

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

Pipedrive is used by thousands of startups as their CRM tool. It’s because Pipedrive helps them complete activities that are key to success of every startup. The key feature for Pipedrive is the sales pipeline. When they first started Pipedrive, they realized from their own startup experience that the sales pipeline is not only great for sales and managing your contacts, but for solving many other problems that startups face.

Ravix Group provides seasoned consulting expertise to outsource the finance, accounting and human resources functions for early-stage and middle market companies.



Premier Partner Resources

Below are the Founder Institute's most valued resources for Founders to launch their businesses. We have outlined the amount you can save below by graduating the Founder Institute. All partners also provide exceptional support once accepted into respective programs. For more information on how else our partners can benefit you, enroll into the program and you will have a special log-in to view more information.

Amazon Web Services offers $10,000 USD of cloud credit to qualified Founders. The program, AWS Activate, provides Founder Institute Founders with (1) $10,000 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.

The Google Cloud Platform is offering up $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.

IBM GEP is offering up to $120,000 USD to qualified Founders. Through the program, IBM provides 1) Technical Mentoring 2) Business Mentoring and 3) Go-to-market support.

Microsoft BizSpark allows you to get up to $120,000 USD free of Azure. The community program provides access to free software development tools (including Dev tools, Office, Windows and SQL), training and visibility at no cost.

PayPal Startup Blueprint is connecting you through top tier incubators, accelerators and VCs and they activate the optimum revenue model for your business. Benefits include a free transaction volume up to $1.5 million USD* ($50,000 USD of PayPal fees waived for 18 months). For Braintree, free transaction volume up to $100,000 USD (braintree fees waived for 18 months).


Acclaimed Partner Resources

Below are the Founder Institute's notable resources. FI's 250+ partners offer everything from discounts to events to free services for a certain period of time that can save you up to $1,000,000 USD. Please note that some resources are not available globally.

ADP offers 20% off for our US Founders on Payroll, HR, Workers Comp and other services that are necessary for growing startups.

Ahrefs is offering 50% off your first month. Ahrefs is an SEO tool to help you analyze websites, track social media, build backlinks. To redeem, register for a free account and select one of the personal subscription types.

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!

BuzzSumo offers Founder Institute Founders its service free for 6 months. BuzzSumo is a platform for content marketing that allows you to discover engaging content and outreach opportunities.

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.

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.

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.

LivePlan offers FI Founders 50% off of their service for the first month that is discounted! LivePlan Business Plan Software takes you through the process to create investor-ready business plans.

Mailchimp offers FI Founders 15% off of their service! Mailchimp is an online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. They offer plug-ins for other programs as well.

Mattermark and FI's partnership offers Founders 3 months free service. 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.

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.

Talkdesk offers FI Founders Free licenses for 12 months - up to a $3200 value! With Talkdesk, companies can have a call center up-and-running in minutes and have access to robust call center functionality including IVR, skills-based routing, call conferencing, and comprehensive reporting, all in an intuitive web-based interface. Integrations with top business tools and CRM systems, such as Salesforce, and Zendesk, make customer data easily accessible as well.

Workboard offers 1 year free of Elite for members of the founding team! Workboard is a real-time goals app that helps leaders and teams operate at their best. Use Workboard to set goals and OKRs, align everyone on the work that really matters, and build a momentum culture. Give board members transparency on goals and metrics (and skip the powerpoint creation for board meetings). Workboard can help you get the leadership fundamentals right from day one to scale yourself, your company and your team!

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