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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 on 2017-01-19

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

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 Stockholm, Sweden. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Stockholm after a successful test launch last year attracted over 110 potent... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-01-18

How to Create a Basic Financial Model: An Entrepreneur’s Guide

Creating a Financial Model forces an entrepreneur to plan very specifically how their business will work, how users and customers find and use their products, and how those processes create revenues and costs. As tempting as it might be to outsource this project, it is important to create your own model in order to organize you... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-16

Why Profits Are Not Enough: Mitch Kapor Asks Startups to Strive for Impact

Sure, traction, ARPU, and profits are important for a startup to succeed, but do too many startups overlook the potential for generating a positive social impact, as well? Mitch Kapor, the Founder of the Lotus Development Corporation and designer of Lotus 1-2-3, certainly thinks so. A pioneer in personal computing and informati... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-15

Islamabad Startup Touch’d Launches Groundbreaking Contact Manager App

Mohammad Mansoor, a Graduate of the Islamabad Founder Institute, has founded a new tech startup Touch'd with an innovative application that will forever change the way that people keep in touch with one another. The app has finally launched officially after more than three years of research and one year of extensive beta te... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-15

SEO for Startups: 7 Strategies to Get It Right the First Time

In this guest blog post, Shawn Parrotte, Marketing Manager at Designli and friend of the Founder Institute, dives deep into the world of SEO and provides you with expert tips on how to make your startup easier to find on the internet. It’s tragic, but on the internet, even the best products can go unnoticed... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-12

Founder Institute to Host Impactful Company Demo Day

Due to the success of our recent Female Founder Online Demo Day, the Founder Institute is proud to host another special engagement, an "Impactful Company Demo Day", this time showcasing the efforts of companies whose mission is to change the world for the better on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. There is no shortage of big problems... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-12

What You Need for the Perfect Startup Team

There is no universal plan for assembling the perfect team for launching a startup. Conventional entrepreneurial wisdom dictates that all you need for your company’s starting lineup are a designer, a hacker, and a business person, or anyone who calls themselves a ninja at something. And while there is nothing wrong with ha... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2017-01-11

An Inside Look Into the Traits of Successful Founding Teams

“We were meant to be together,” a common phrase used by most couples. Despite the cliché, it’s been proven to be applicable for business partners and founding teams. Hiring the right cofounder takes patience and persistence. Like getting married, you’ll go through different relationship stages, fr... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2017-01-09

Attend a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn from Top Startup Experts

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 155 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 Nailah Morgan on 2017-01-08

Make Sure Your Employees Know "Why" They Are Working On Something

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. During a previous webinar “How To Build A Product People Love with Phil Libin,” Co-Founder and Executive Ch... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-08

Are You Starting a Company in 2017? Begin Here.

Is your New Year’s resolution to start a tech company? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We here at the Founder Institute have gathered some of our most popular and useful blog posts from 2016 to help you launch a startup in 2017. Make the Leap - 4 Signs It’s Time to Focus on Your Startup Full Time ... (more available)

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Posted by Nima Kazerooni on 2017-01-06

Silicon Valley is a State of Mind: The View of a Prominent Brazilian Venture Capitalist

This article was originally published in TechCrunch. Manoel Lemos is a managing partner of Redpoint eventures, the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. According to Lemos, “while economic uncertainty is still a factor, Brazil is still one of the most intriguing emerging markets for ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-05

How the Founder of Sworkit Escaped Corporate America for Entrepreneurship

Making the leap from employee to entrepreneur is no easy task. Just ask Benjamin Young, the founder and CEO of Sworkit (previously Nexercise), a fitness app with dozens of 5-60+ minute strength, yoga, pilates, and stretching workouts that don’t require equipment. Benjamin and Sworkit are also Graduates of the Washington, D... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-01-05

The Hobbies of Successful Entrepreneurs

Life as an entrepreneur can be chaotic: you’re the first and last one in and out of the office, Saturdays turn into "bring your kids to work day", and by Sunday you’re lucky if you get enough time to unwind and relax. Most may argue that entrepreneurs should separately manage their work-life balance, but others recom... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-04

Bangkok Startup Grabajob Raises $50K in Seed Funding Round

An innovative new tech startup, Grabajob, is changing the very landscape of the modern job market with their new application. The idea started at the Topica Founder Institute, where the founders of Grabajob participated. The application connects employers and job seekers in a new revolutionary but immediately familiar ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-04

How to Attract and Keep Your App’s Users

In this guest blog post, Shawn Parrotte, Marketing Manager at Designli and friend of the Founder Institute, explains how to make your app more attractive to users, as well as how to keep them coming back. Customers are using apps now more than ever, and mobile usage will only continue to grow. And while building ... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2017-01-04

Canadian Startups are Seeing Hockey Stick Growth: A Look at the Founder Institute in Canada

At the Founder Institute, our mission is “Globalize Silicon Valley” and empower talented and motivated people to build impactful companies that create one million jobs. We are proud to have achieved a lot of milestones towards this mission in Canada last year, launching countless amazing companies across the re... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-01-02

Make Sure Your Startup Actually Solves a Problem

The Founder Institute hosts startup webinars every month to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn from the experts in our global startup network. To get updates, subscribe to our newsletter. During a previous webinar “How To Build A Product People Love with Phil Libin,” Phil Libin (Co-Founder of Evernote) and ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-01-01

If You Don’t Run Your Company Based on Metrics, Here’s How You Can

Numbers don’t lie, which is why a CEO should always rely on metrics to run and scale a company. While the prospect of looking at numbers on a daily basis may turn off most CEOs, one must never underestimate the value of numbers and what they can tell about your company’s chances for success. In this syndicated blog ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-12-29

Is Your Startup Fundable?

Have you ever wondered what qualities investors look for in a startup to consider it fundable? Benjamin Chong, a partner at Right Click Capital and a Co-Director of the Sydney Founder Institute, has created a three question test to help determine your answer in the article “Three ways to test if your startup is fundable,&r... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2016-12-28

How to Embrace Failure as You Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur

Transitioning from employee to entrepreneur isn’t an impossible feat, but it does come with its share of obstacles and failures. To fail is to succeed at testing an assumption, and this notion is laughably demonstrated in the comic #entrepreneurfail. Due to personal experience, creators Kriti and Shivraj Vichare, understa... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-12-22

Creating a Startup Pitch Deck? Start with this Easy-to-Use Template

If you are an entrepreneur, you are probably familiar with the 10-14 slides that comprise a typical investor pitch deck. But do you even know why you need a pitch deck in the first place? Or what you should include in your deck to increase your chances of getting funded? Malcolm Lewis - a serial entrepreneur (6 startups in 18 y... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-12-21

Why Your Equity Split Could Kill Your Company

Splitting equity with your startup's co-founder(s) is an awkward yet essential part of establishing a successful business partnership. However, if not done right, the equity split you choose can have devastating consequences on the future of your startup. And that's why Mike Moyer (Managing Director, Lake Shark Ventures) has out... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-12-18

Abidjan Startup Etudesk is One of the Most Promising Ivorian Startups Today

Abidjan startup Etudesk, a Graduate of the Abidjan Founder Institute, is the developer of the world's first African online learning platform. This allows academic institutions and businesses to now create their training programs online; is a key step in educational development and the future of what is taking place in Afric... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-12-18

How to Create the Perfect Cofounder Agreement with Your Business Partner

You’ve just conceived a brilliant billion dollar startup idea; you’ve defined the perfect value proposition for you company; and you just met the perfect cofounder (or cofounders) to help you get your idea off the ground. You’re ready to launch a startup, right? Not quite. If you plan on starting a business w... (more available)

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