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Founder Institute Targeting Third Australian City, Testing New Launch in Melbourne

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-02-11

The Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the World’s Largest Startup Accelerator, announced today that it is exploring a new chapter launch in Melbourne this Autumn 2014.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 85 cities and 40 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 companies, which have created over 10,000+ new jobs. The company's mission is to “Globalize          (Melbourne photo from Shutterstock)                        Silicon Valley” and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

If you'd like to help bring this great program to Melbourne, then fill out an Interest Form. If enough people complete this form by Sunday, March 16th 2014, then the Founder Institute will formally launch a Melbourne Chapter for the Autumn of 2014.

Melbourne would be the Founder Institute's third location in Australia, joining existing programs in Sydney and Perth. Since launching in Sydney in 2010, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 35 Australian companies, including highly-publicized startups like Slidefish, FoodOrbit, GeoMoby, and many more. The Melbourne launch was covered by StartupSmart editor Gavin Lower in an article titled The Founder Institute considering starting a chapter in Melbourne

In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk.

In order to test demand in Melbourne, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events; 

 Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Melbourne is Matt Allen, and Sebastian von Conrad. Matt has been running startups since the mid 90s, and is now focussed on helping startups avoid the same mistakes he made.

“I’m excited to bring FI to Melbourne. Having mentored the last two Sydney FI classes myself, it’s time to make it a reality in Melbourne" - Matt Allen

Sebastian von Conrad works as development manager at Envato, a Melbourne-based company running some of the world's largest online marketplaces and education sites.  

"Melbourne is a quickly growing technology hub, and the focus is shifting from Sydney to Melbourne" - Sebastian von Conrad

 Other successful entrepreneurs who have signed on to mentor founders in the program include:

  • Ben Webster: CEO, Insvrance.com
  • Collis Ta'eed: CEO, Envato
  • Daniel Ringrose: Business Coach, Future Results
  • Darcy Naunton: General Partner, York Butter Factory / Adventure Capital
  • Gary Tramer: Co-Founder, WebReception
  • Indi June: Founder
  • James Tuckerman: Founder, Editor-In-Chief, Anthill Magazine
  • Justin French: Product Owner, Envato
  • Kurt Falkenstein: Founder, General Standards
  • Mark Hendrickson: CEO and Co-founder, Side Racket
  • Mark Middo: Founder, Social Empire & Reminisce Entertainment
  • Marty Andrews: Co-Founder & CEO, Cogent
  • Matt Allen: GM & Co-Founder, Lookahead Search Melbourne
  • Matt Knee: CEO, Silk Hospitality
  • Michael Jankie: Co-founder, LeadChat
  • Remco Marcelis: Virtual CFO
  • Sally Gatenby: Director
  • Sebastian von Conrad: Solutions Lead, Envato

  • And many more to be announced.

 Help bring the Founder Institute to Melbourne and fill out an Interest Form today.

 

About The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute (www.FI.co) is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk.  

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 85 cities and 40 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 companies, which have created over 10,000+ new jobs. The company's mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide. 

The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressi. 

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