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.


6 Tips for Startup Success: What Ansquick Founder, Rafael Calle, Took Away From FI

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-10-04

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from the Ansquick blog, Co-Founder and CEO, Rafael Calle, outlines 6 important points he took away from his four months at FI.

If you are thinking about launching a company with the Founder Institute, check out Rafael’s tips for success. Below, a segment of Founder Institute – CEO of Ansquick shares his experiences has been republished;

 

"1. Starting a company is tough
 
Think twice before you get started - are you are really willing to do anything for your ambitions? Creating a startup is, frankly speaking, is not as romantic as it may seem. Before starting a project, take your time and think about whether or not you are willing to change your lifestyle, face uncertainties everyday, sleep fewer hours, etc. For some people, working for a larger company might be in your best interest (which is a respectable decision as well, of course).
 
2. Learn to listen to criticism, but do not let it bring you down
 
Be open to hearing that your idea does not work, and perhaps you should consider implementing some changes. Do not take criticism as something personal; take everything you have learned from feedback to improve your company.
 
3. Be humble and curious
 
One of the worst things entrepreneurs can do is be pretentious and egocentric. This is like condemning your project to fail. Smile and show a positive and friendly attitude.
 
4. The idea is 10% – execution 90%
 
Stop talking and start working on your idea to make it come alive. If you are not a programmer, there are tools to help you get started: buy a domain, open a blog, create a landing page and collect some leads. If you are not capable to execute, you are not going to be able to make your idea and dreams come true.
 
5. Create something that you would use
 
Does your product provide a solution? Would you use it? It not, you are probably headed in the wrong direction. You have to feel passion for what you do, and most importantly, the solution of your product must solve a current problem.
 
6. There are always competitors
 
If you say that your project does not have competitors or that it is entirely “unique”, you’ve probably failed to research the market. Identify your competitors and establish some innovative features that differentiate your company from them.
 
If you do not know how to do something, look for help. Make deals, exchanges, look for partners, and most importantly: BE CREATIVE!"


About Ansquick

Ansquick helps you get your questions answered and keeps you on top of daily trends. They are a graduate of the Barcelona Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the Winter 2013 Semester. Apply by the early application deadline (October 13) to qualify for Founder Institute Fellowships.

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