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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.

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Posted by Joe Garza 1 day ago

Founder Institute Grads Raised $100M in 2016 - Watch the Graduate Awards Ceremony on May 23

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped talented entrepreneurs launch over 2000 businesses across six continents. These Graduates made great strides in 2016, raising over $100M in funding. At the FounderX event on May 23rd, a private gathering of the Founder Institute’s Global #FIworldwide network, we will broadcast ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza 1 day ago

Tune in to FounderX, a Gathering of Top Startups & Investors

FounderX, the Founder Institute’s exclusive gathering of our global network in Silicon Valley, takes place this week, featuring top investors and some of most promising tech startups from around the world. Even if you are not attending you can still tune in to our Facebook Page to see exclusive livestreams of the... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza 1 day ago

How Kindara Uses Data to Help Women Manage their Reproductive Health

With women’s health a controversial topic, it’s now more necessary than ever that tech companies stand up to the challenge and provide solutions that are more affordable, more effective, and more accessible than what’s currently available. And that’s how Kindara was born. Founded in 2011 by&nb... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan 1 day ago

Begin Your Entrepreneurial Journey at a Free Startup Event

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 170 cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2017-05-21

Watch Live as Two Promising Startups Pitch Investors at FounderX

SeedInvest ( is a leading equity crowdfunding platform opening up access to venture capital and angel investing to everyone.  During a special Facebook-livestream event on Wednesday, May 24th at 11:20AM PDT (see local time), we will broadcast from the FounderX event in Silicon Valley and giv... (more available)

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Posted by Marina Beraz on 2017-05-21

Founder Institute e Oracle juntam forças em busca dos melhores empreendedores e startups do Brasil

A Oracle, junto ao Founder Institute,está procurando as melhores startups do Brasil a fim de fomentar o ecossistema de startups, inovação e tecnologia. Cada ecossistema de startups tem suas características, desafios e necessidades. O mais novo programa de aceleração da Oracle, o Oracl... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-19

7 Startup Lessons I Learned at My First Street Fairs

While most startups rely on social media and ads to promote their company and attract customers, believe it or not there's still a place for old fashioned face to face interactions. What better place to conduct these interactions than your local street fairs? In this syndicated blog post from Coralee Dixon (Founder/CEO of Shortc... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2017-05-19

The Montreal Startup Ecosystem Canvas: A Giant List Of Startup Resources In Montreal

Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communiti... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2017-05-18

"It’ll Be a Massive Bloodbath" - Chamath Palihapitiya on Startup Trends [VIDEO]

At the 16th Founder Showcase, audiences were treated to a special Q&A session between Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership, and owner of the NBA's Golden State Warriors; and Jessica E. Lessin, Founder & Editor in Chief at The Information. Do you wa... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-18

Montreal Startup Nukern Named as Top 10 Techstars Austin Graduate

Canada continues to develop its reputation as an innovation hub in the global startup scene. Many of our top Graduates here at the Founder Institute are Canadian, which isn't surprising considering the startup support there. Some big companies many think are U.S.-based actually come from Canada, like Hootsuite and Shopify. ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-17

Startup Misconceptions: Entrepreneurship has to be Done Alone

Entrepreneurship is hard. REALLY hard. But with countless tales of how entrepreneurs made it big with almost nothing, it’s easy for a budding founder to jump into the startup world full of unbridled enthusiasm.  Luckily, Startup Misconceptions is here to clear up the myths, delusions, and fancies surrounding entrepre... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-16

Strengthen Your Local Startup Community with the Founder Institute’s Help

Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential ro... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-15

Startup Equity & Vesting: How to Compensate Team Members Without Money

Startup finance can be incredibly tricky, especially when it comes to compensating co-founders and employees, as most startups usually don’t start their journey with money to spend. And while compensating team members with company equity is a potential solution, it’s still not without its share of intricacies. Lucki... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-12

Learn How to Apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute for Free

The Founder Institute, the world's premier startup launch program, is preparing to launch a very promising Silicon Valley Summer 2017 Semester. This Sunday (2017-05-21) is the Early Application Deadline. If you apply by Sunday, you get to take the Predictive Admissions Test for free ($50 value), and if you enroll by the Early ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-11

How to Find the Customers Who Need Your Product

Aspiring founders who think they’ve developed an amazing offering often believe that their products will sell themselves. While there are occasional instances of unique apps, software, hardware, and services that were so valuable that they instantly made their founders famous, this is rarely the case. For the rest of us, w... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-10

The Investor/Founder Relationship: A Legal Perspective

If your company is looking for funding, there are numerous considerations that need to be taken into account. Luckily, this guest blog post from our friends at Linkilaw outlines the most important points founders need to think about before committing to an investment deal. Securing investment is crucial for any businesses devel... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2017-05-10

Founder Institute’s FounderX Conference to feature Steve Jurvetson, Shervin Pishevar, and more

FounderX (fX) is the Founder Institute's premier bi-annual gathering of fast-growing Graduates, top-rated Mentors and leading program Directors from our global network of technology entrepreneurs. The goal of the fX event is to facilitate meaningful connections and learning between members of our global #FIWorldwide ne... (more available)

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Posted by Sergio Escobar on 2017-05-10

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Opens Applications in Montreal to Help Startup Founders

The Founder Institute, the World’s Premier Early-Stage Accelerator Calling for Aspiring and Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in Need of Mentorship, Training and Funding. Program Offers +2M$ in Perks from Selected Partners. Since launching in Montreal earlier in 2014, the Founder Institute has helped launch over thirty ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-05-10

Motivated & Talented Female Tech Entrepreneurs Wanted in Silicon Valley

The Founder Institute, the world's premier startup launch program, is committed to narrowing the gender gap in high-tech startups with our Female Founder Fellowship program. In 2011, we introduced the Female Founder Fellowship program, providing the opportunity for all females to apply to the Founder Institute for free ($50 val... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-08

Write a Killer Startup Press Release in 7 Steps

Your startup may developed an amazing product or service, but now that it's built, what do you do now? You let the world know about your launch, that's what. But in the world of social media and short attention spans, your company's launch is sure to be drowned out in all the noise. That is, if you don't announce properly. And... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-05

Pitching Tips & Other Startup Insights from Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis needs little introduction to those involved in startups, but we’ll introduce him anyway: Jason Calacanis is an entrepreneur, blogger, the host of This Week in Startups, and an angel investor whose investments include Tumblr and Uber. Recently, Calacanis gave a talk at a session for the San Francisco Founde... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-05-04

Are You the Real Deal or a Poser? How to Win Over Investors with Storytelling

We welcomed angel investor and blogger Jason Calacanis as a guest speaker for our previous webinar, “How to Master Startup Brand Storytelling”, in which he advised founders to design various brand stories depending on their target audience. When telling your story to investors, Calacanis recommends that you sho... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-03

Johannesburg Startup Ovamba a Finalist in the Emerging Market Solution Section of the Benzinga Global Fintech Awards

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and the startup scene in Johannesburg is something to behold. The recent list of startups in Johannesburg alone gives you an overwhelming compilation of tech companies on the verge of wider success. However, only a few truly stand out with potential to ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-03

6 Ways to Leverage Video in Your Startup

With video media becoming more and more popular, it only makes sense that video has become an integral part of viral marketing. However, few startups know how to use video to boost awareness and increase conversions, and even fewer know how to use video well. Luckily, Shawn Parrotte, Marketing Manager at Designli ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-01

How to Build an All-Star Startup Team

Having the right startup team is half the battle. Investors are not only listening to your pitch, but they are also interested in taking a look at your team’s dynamic. Startup founders should focus on quality, rather than quantity, as part of their job is to connect with people who share their same drive and passion. In a... (more available)

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