Sabanci University

Sabanci University is ranked the top private entrepreneurial university in Turkey according to Turkish Ministry of Industry and Trade.  The university hosts the SUCOOL Preincubation Center that supports early stage entrepreneurs and also supports Founder Institute by shared resources, network and providing space.

 

Fora & Şanlı Law Office

Since 2008, Fora & Şanlı Law Office is dedicated to provide legal advice and services which look beyond the legal issues and take the business aspects for each transaction for the success of its clients for their investments and business in Turkey and MENA region. Fora & Şanlı is very well connected with the world and other jurisdictions to facilitate its clients international business.

 

sendloop - email marketing services

sendloop email marketing services is in email marketing industry with its professional solutions since 1999. sendloop is the easiest email marketing service designed for SaaS owners, bloggers, designers, developers, small businesses, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in sending email to their contacts as easy as possible.

 

Microsoft Turkey

Microsoft is a strategic partner for promising startups around the world focused on business growth & development, industrial strength technology and beautiful usable products. Build locally, scale globally. We help smart companies take flight.

From Idea to Startup CEO, by Alex Cammarano

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-10-21

When Alex Cammarano arrived at the San Francisco Founder Institute, he was far from launching a company. Armed with only ideas and a passion for photography, he jumped in headfirst,  emerging four months later as the Founder of Daylighted - a platform offering a new way to discover, enjoy and purchase fine art photography.

Alex recently shared a bit about his experience as well as a few key tips for entrepreneurs considering the program. Below, Alex’s testimonial (originally posted on Quora) has been republished.


"I arrived at the Founder Institute, alone, and with only ideas.

4 months later, I have incorporated a business, found a co-founder (Elisabeth Mouchy), and have a total team of 3 people working hard to make Daylighted successful.
We have 4 advisors and some of them have already offered to invest in our company.
We have a product almost ready to be launched, including hardware and B2B interface parts.
Yes, this only a start, but this is a good start.

Founder Institute is a great way to network with others founders, mentors and advisors. The opportunity to interact on a regular basis with experienced people will help you avoid many rookie mistakes.

I believe that most founders [in my semester] had already answered most of the important questions, but the Founder Institute put a frame around those questions and pushed people to go further. Through the program there is no time for doubts or hesitation - you are pushed to always achieve more.

Usually it is easy for founders to design a business model or to think the specs of product; but from a good business model to an enduring company there is a huge gap. Similarly, there is a huge gap between a good story and a book. The Founder institute fills that gap: they put a pen in our hand and make us write the 1st page of our book.

Yes, this only a start, but this is a good start.
There is still an entire book to write, so the best is to come.

You should definitely apply if:

  • You are not sure if you are ready to be an entrepreneur.
  • You want to build a network of seasoned experts.
  • You want to figure out if your idea (or you) are startup ready.
  • If you are not afraid of working very hard.
  • If you are tech-savy and have a product, but struggle to iterate a story around your product.


Good luck!"

 

The Founder Institute is currently accepting applications in over 20 cities worldwide. If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a startup with the Founder Institute, click here to learn more and apply today.

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