Shulman Rogers
Shulman Rogers, a full service law firm with nearly 100 attorneys, provides corporate services including business planning, mergers and acquisitions, securities, employment, intellectual property, immigration, government contracting, tax, telecommunications, cybersecurity, corporate governance, as well as other areas. In addition, the firm has vast experience in real estate transactions, both commercial and residential closings, leasing, landlord-tenant, commercial development, acquisition, sales and related matters. Our litigators offer extensive experience in complex litigation, and all methods of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. Personal legal services include trust and estate planning, family law, real estate settlements, medical malpractice and personal injury.

Startup Our Vets

 

Through the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from Washington DC will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.


Veterans and active service members possess the work ethic, high character, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the "Startup Our Veterans" Fellowship.

Through this Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Learn more about the program at FI.co/vets.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Saturday, April 30, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship.


Planning Solutions Group
Planning Solutions Group is a financial planning firm that specializes in developing innovative concepts for wealth creation and preservation. PSG is comprised of 3 partners with over 60 years of combined industry experience, a team of associate planners, and a dedicated support staff which includes two an attorney who provides advanced estate and tax planning solutions, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) for the development of creative investment strategies.

CONNECTPreneur

 

The CONNECTPreneur Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the  CONNECTPreneur Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CONNECTPreneur, a quarterly forum of 350+ top IT entrepreneurs and investors in greater Washington DC region. Through the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship, everyone from the CONNECTPreneur community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($1,650 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by April 3, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship.


This Week’s Must-Read #Startup Articles

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-04-28

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with the Founder Institute network.

This week's top articles include advice on building your brand, growth hacking, fundraising with AngelList, and one blogger's thoughts on imitation and building a better product.

Check out our must read articles for the week of April 22- 28:

 

Richard Branson on Convincing Investors to Fund Your Tech Startup
By Richard Branson
Entrepreneur Richard Branson regularly shares his business experience and advice with readers. Ask him a question and your query might be the inspiration for a future column.
How to Build a Brand Experience for Customers
By Jim Joseph
The following is the third in a bi-monthly series in which marketing expert Jim Joseph will show entrepreneurs on a small-business budget how to apply marketing strategies used by big brands.

Marketing is all about the kind of experience you deliver to your customers with each and every interaction. The more compelling the experience, the faster you will build brand loyalty. In fact, the experience you build becomes your brand in your customers’ minds.
Want to be a world-class growth hacker? Then get out of the building!
By Gagan Biyani
I’ve spent the last two years learning everything I can about “growth hacking.” I co-run the Growth Hackers Conference with Erin Turner, led efforts to build Udemy’s user base, and consulted/advised companies like Lyft, Wedding Party, TenderTree and Sokikom. Over that time, I’ve worked with some amazing marketers. Recently, we’ve been discussing a new “formula” for growth hacking that has helped us achieve extraordinary results.
Want To Raise A Million Bucks? Here’s What You’ll Need
By Greg Kumparak
So, you’ve built yourself a nice little product. Maybe you’ve raised a small friends-and-family round; maybe you’re still bootstrappin’ on your own. Either way, now you’re looking to raise at least a million dollars to help with the next steps.

While there’s no perfect formula for stuff like this, these stats from AngelList’s Ash Fontana are a pretty good indication of the metrics you should be aiming for.
Who Cares If It's Been Tried Before?
By Elad Gil
When Dropbox launched, there were at least half a dozen other "online storage" businesses in existence.  The Apple iPod entered a market litered with crappy MP3 players.  Google was famously the Nth Internet search engine.  Stripe launched into a market crowded with Braintree and Paypal, and before that Authorize.net and others.  Uber was not the first way you could order a taxi, although their spin on black cars was unique.  Facebook was yet another social network in a market "saturated" by Myspace, Friendster, Orkut, Bebo, Hi5 and others.

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