Denver Founder Institute Confirms Top Local Entrepreneurs as Mentors

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-04-30

The Founder Institute, the World's Largest Startup Accelerator, is in the final stage of testing demand for opening a new chapter in Denver for the Summer of 2014.  

The testing phase ends soon (2016-06-19), so if you'd like to help bring this great program to Denver, please fill out this form today and spread the word. It only takes five minutes, and there is no obligation.

Over the last few weeks, the feedback we have received in Denver has been positive, and we have received a large amount of support from local startup and economic development organizations. In addition, we have reached out to some of the area's top technology entrepreneurs to support the program. 

We are humbled by the list of top local and global entrepreneurs that have pledged their support to mentor new companies in a Denver Founder Institute program. 

This list of entrepeneurs includes: 

  • Anke Corbin: Anke Corbin - Founder, CEO (Denver FI), Globig
  • Bradley Brown: Bradley Brown - CEO, InteliVideo (Denver FI) , InteliVideo
  • Brian Brown: CTO and Co-Founder, Broadnet
  • Brian Parks: GM - Denver, Galvanize
  • Chris J Snook: Chris J Snook - Managing Partner/Venture Catalyst in Residence, Launch Haus (Denver FI), Launch Haus (
  • Dan Daugherty: Founder & CEO,
  • Denise Hulce: Denise Hulce - VP, Sales and Business Development (Denver FI)
  • Ed Powers: Principal, Service Excellence Partners
  • Eric Laughlin: Founder & CEO, Robotly (
  • Frank Traylor: Principal, Zero Creek
  • Gary Gaessler: Gary Gaessler - Co-Founder & Market Builder, Cloud Elements (Chicago FI)
  • Jim Franklin: CEO, SendGrid
  • John Allen: John Allen - CEO, Fluorofinder (Denver FI) , Fluorofinder
  • Jon Nordmark: Jon Nordmark - CEO, (Denver FI) , (Wambo, eBags)
  • Kevin Fallon: Managing Partner, Breosla LLC
  • Manny Ladis: Co-Founder, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Dizzion, Inc.
  • Mark Roebke: Founder, FretLabs
  • Mark Geene: CEO
  • Michael Clark: Michael Clark - Co-founder, (Denver FI), Photobucket
  • Michael Tognetti: Senior Vice President and General Counsel, SendGrid, Inc.
  • Michael Margolis
  • Mike Stemple: Mike Stemple - Founder, Inspirer (Denver FI) , Inspirer
  • Ryan Howell: Attorney, RUBICON Law

  • And many more to be announced. 


In the Founder Institute's structured, step-by-step program, these mentors will provide promising startup entrepreneurs in Denver with expert feedback and support to build their companies. In addition, participants 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.

If we get enough demand to officially launch a Denver Founder Institute chapter, then we will secure approximately 10 - 20 additional mentors. In fact, in most Founder Institute semesters the ratio of Mentors to Founders is greater than 1:1. 

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 110 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 2,100 companies form and improve their business ideas, develop their marketing strategy, create an advisory board, recruit co-founders, improve their pitch, launch a product, prepare to raise capital, bootstrap to profitability, generate revenue, and more. 


Help bring this world-renowned program to Denver and fill out an Interest Form today.


Denver Founder Institute Confirms Top Local Entrepreneurs as Mentors

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