WSGR
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
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
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
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.

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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.


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.


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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-23

The Work Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

So much has been written about the traits and skills one must have to be a successful entrepreneur that it’s easy to forget that sometimes it's the little things in life that lead to the greatest success. In fact, these habits are not necessarily restricted to entrepreneurs. Whether you are a company founder or team membe... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2017-03-22

Phil Libin: 6 Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Company

In our experience, many people start a company for the wrong reasons. For example, if you are trying to make money, then starting a company is not a practical way of doing that. Similarly, if you are trying to create more free time, starting a company won't help you achieve that either. Phil Libin, the Co-Founder & Former ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-22

South Florida is About to Become the Next Silicon Valley

When you think about top startup hubs, cities like Miami or Fort Lauderdale may not come immediately to mind. Instead, you might think of places like Silicon Valley, New York City, and Los Angeles as regions that are most closely associated with entrepreneurial activity. However, what you may not know is that the South Florida ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-21

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2017-03-20

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 150 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 Joe Garza on 2017-03-20

Hiring T-Shaped Professionals For Your Startup

In this guest blog post, Shawn Parrotte, Marketing Manager at Designli and friend of the Founder Institute, explains the difference between T-shaped and I-shaped professionals, and what to consider when hiring them at your startup. As more college graduates enter the job market, they’re creating an ever-wid... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-03-19

Why You Should Launch a Startup in Chicago

At the turn of the 21st century, Chicago was once referred to as the  “flyover city”. Venture funds would fly back and forth from Silicon Valley to Boston, completely ignoring technology startups in the Midwest. All that has changed now, and homegrown companies like Groupon have prompted a rippling effect in th... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-16

Better Weekdays and Lily Win Big in SXSW Startup Competitions

Two Graduates from the Founder Institute, Better Weekdays and Lily, recently won the SXSWedu and accelerator competitions, respectively, at the annual South by Southwest festival. These wins come after several years of growing traction and fundraising for both companies, and further establish their already strong reputations. W... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2017-03-16

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

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 Joe Garza on 2017-03-15

What Should You Do When Your Product is Launched? Read This to Find Out.

Launching a product is an important milestone for any startup, but it should not be the end goal. Once a company's offering has been released to the public, the work doesn't, and shouldn't, end there. However, in this syndicated blog post, Greg Davis of Intercom offers his advice on what founders should do to get the most out of... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-15

Abidjan Startup Etudesk Launches New E-Learning Course Builder

Setting up online learning programs and courses can be a timely endeavor and cost a lot of money. However, since Etudesk launched officially in early February it has made setting up online learning programs not only easy but cheap. Users have the ability to set up their own unique learning platform either private or public in le... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2017-03-15

The Updated Boston Startup Ecosystem Canvas: A List Of 500+ Startup Resources In Boston

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 Joe Garza on 2017-03-15

Founder Institute HQ Treated to a Special Visit from Top Jakarta Graduates

Founder Institute HQ got a special treat last week when Graduates from Jakarta, Indonesia visited and brought awesome team shirts and cake! There was also actual work that was done. The Jakarta group had pitching practice one on one with Adeo Ressi and talked startup strategy over dinner. One of the most amazing things about wor... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-14

Presenting the Graduates of the New York Founder Institute’s 13th Cohort

The Founder Institute, the World's Largest Entrepreneur Training and Startup Launch Program, is proud to announce the graduation of New York's Summer 2016 semester. The blog post, "Announcing Founder Institute New York 13", originally appeared at Siskar.co and was written by FI Director Kevin Siskar. It has been republished bel... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-14

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches New Startup Program in Campinas

The Founder Institute, the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Campinas, Brazil. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Campinas after a successful test launch this Spring 2017 attracted over 240 p... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-14

7 Mistakes that Could be Deadly to Your Newly Launched Startup

In the early days of launching a startup, just one misstep can kill your company, or, at the very least, undo months of work and obliterate your funds. Luckily, in this guest blog post, web content writer Gloria Kopp outlines some of the biggest mistakes to avoid making once your startup is up and running. There's an incredible... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-13

Here’s How to Find Your First - and Most Important - Customers on Social Media

An amazing product is only worth producing if it can attract customers. However, for a startup that's only recently launched, finding customers can be a tricky and laborious task. And while it may be easy to assume that a great product should be able to sell itself, more often than not, founders have to go out and build their au... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-12

A Look at the Founder Institute’s Progress in 2016

At the Founder Institute, one of our core values is to not shy away from big challenges. Every day we help and push founders to accomplish their own seemingly insurmountable challenge - to build an enduring technology company. So, it is only natural that we also push towards our own big challenges, and constantly work to p... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-09

Singapore Startup Vault Dragon Raises $1.16M Before Series A

Vault Dragon, a Singapore digital health data startup has raised over 2 million dollars before their Series A funding round began. The company raised 1.16 million dollars in their last fund-raising effort led by Golden Equator Capital and Raging Bull.  Founder Ching-Tse Tseng, a Graduate of the Singapore Founder Institute,... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-08

Southeast Asia is One of the Best Places to Launch & Fund Your Startup

It looks like Silicon Valley may have a new rival in the worldwide startup scene, as Southeast Asia is quickly making a name for itself as a hub innovation and entrepreneurship. In fact, more and more investors are flocking to the region from around to capitalize on the growing entrepreneurial activity and local talent. Whether... (more available)

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Posted by Nima Kazerooni on 2017-03-08

Ex-CFO e executivo brasileiro idealiza empresa de tecnologia, gradua no Founder Institute e vai dar mentoria para os proximos empreendedores do pais

Este materia saiu no Portal StartSe o maior conector do ecossistema de startups brasileiro aqui: Founder Institute mudou a vida de um empreendedor (que hoje e ate mentor) Segue um relato da entrevista do Lucas Bicudo, reporter no Portal StartSe com Alexandre Dinkelmann, ex-CFO da TOTVS e agora Founder & ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-07

7 Tips to Skyrocket Your Customer Retention

Customers are the lifeblood of any company. Without a large number of people returning to your product or service, not even the best idea can save a failing startup. However, Arjun Setia of ProofHub has written a guest post that describes some tried and true tactics to help your company attract new customers ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-06

18 Short & Simple Lessons Every Entrepreneur Applying to an Accelerator Needs to Learn

In this syndicated blog post, startup expert Mike Nicholls shares his exclusive insights about what every startup should strive for when pitching their companies and applying to accelerators. Even if you're not pitching your company on a regular basis or have no plans of applying to an accelerator, the wisdom found in this artic... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2017-03-04

The Founder Institute’s Standard Advisor Agreement for Startups ("FAST")

As the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, the Founder Institute looks to help solve problems for entrepreneurs that threaten innovation. One significant problem that faces the Founder Institute's 2,000 Graduate companies and 7,500 Mentors is forming an advisor agreement. We h... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-02

How to Handle a Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

Every entrepreneur knows that crowdfunding can be an effective financing campaign for a startup company. However, many crowdfunding campaigns are not lucrative, and many entrepreneurs don't know what to do when a crowdfunding campaign falls short of funding goals. As Rob Wu states, "It’s a tough pill to... (more available)

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