HOTB Software Solutions
HOTB is a highly experienced software development company that provides in-kind angel capital to startup entrepreneurs with a viable technology based business. HOTB helps startups bridge the gap between their friends and family round and their venture capital round by subsidizing expensive technology needs. HOTB specializes in building custom software platforms to provide certainty of execution, experience, credibility, security and compliance. Additionally, HOTB Ventures has been formed for instances of passive investment when software development is not needed.

Manatt
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is known for quality, for extraordinary commitment to clients, for integrated, relationship-based services, and for a range of capabilities typically found only in boutique firms. We are progressive and entrepreneurial compared to other major firms, and we are deeply committed to diversity, to public service, to involvement in the communities we serve and to excellence in all we do.

TriNet
Tech companies partner with TriNet Passport to compete for top talent by using our bundled HR products that cover the core services of payroll, fortune 100 benefits, risk and compliance, a scalable HR team all on a cloud platform. TriNet reduces the time businesses spend managing HR and administrative issues while providing enterprise-grade cloud capabilities. This enables entrepreneurs and management to focus on what’s important from raising funds to driving revenue. Join hundreds of executives in high tech who have experienced the TriNet Passport difference, working for companies in hardware, software, SaaS and telecommunications. Contact choy.chew@trinet.com for more information.

Eureka
The Eureka Building is a 3-acre technology campus in Irvine, California designed to help accelerate innovation. Founded in 2014 by Peter Polydor, our goal is to support local entrepreneurship by giving innovative companies and entrepreneurs in Orange County a home that is centrally located and easy to access. Through partnerships we are more than just a home, but are a support network hosting startup events while fostering mentorship relationships with our partners all within one of the most creative spaces in the region.

CrashLabs
CRASHLABS IS A VIBRANT COWORKING AND EVENTS COMMUNITY THAT ENHANCES WORK/LIFE BALANCE FOR THE NEW ECONOMY OF UNTETHERED WORKERS. CRASHLABS OFFERS CREATIVE AND FLEXIBLE SPACES SUCH AS OPEN DESKS, DEDICATED DESKS, PRIVATE OFFICES, AND EVENTS SPACE THAT SERVE EVERYONE FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO CORPORATIONS.

Real Office Centers
At ROC you’ll find a cohesive and progressive working environment with professional support for entrepreneurs, innovators, and today’s leaders. Beyond merely providing the physical workspace, we contribute to your capital growth by facilitating innovation, inspiration, and collaboration. With professional support services, educational events, and a stimulating environment, ROC is where you and your company will grow. Our open-source work environment and friendly staff complete with private receptionists keep business running smoothly. ROC handles day-to-day operations and facility management so your company can focus on what it does best.

The Founder Institute: A life-changing high-speed roller coaster

Posted by Didier Vermeiren on 2014-04-24

The testimonial below is written by Tobias Dickmeis, founder of Letsmake and a Graduate of the Berlin Founder Institute, which is now accepting applications for the upcoming Berlin Spring 2014 Semester. 

"If you board the Founder Institute, prepare yourself for a ride. It will get fast, it will get intense, it will get bumpy. It will flip your idea upside down. It will flip your life upside down. It will flip upside down who you thought you are. At some point you won’t know top from bottom anymore, and you want to get the hell out. But it’s fun, it’s exhilarating, and once you’re done, you just want to go one more time!

How does it do that? We started the Berlin batch with 28 aspiring founders back in December, with ideas for businesses in various industries and at various levels of advancement. From the first minute, everyone was constantly pressured to pitch and test their idea, with their peers in the program, with highly critical and knowledgeable mentors, and, of course, the outside world. Everybody is also constantly rating each other. That might put you off, or give you that little extra kick of motivation by triggering your Candy Crush gamification instincts.

Every week there is a pretty demanding set of assignments to be delivered. They guide you through the necessary steps to set up a business, and never ever let you lose momentum. The Founder Institute itself is a schizophrenic beast: It wants you to think big and build a billion dollar business that changes the world, at the same time forces you to diligently take every little baby step to get there.

While the program advances, it becomes apparent which ideas are ready for execution and which aren’t quite yet. In March, we graduated with six founders:

  • Ahmad’s Teambay organizes new employees' onboarding processes for small and midsize companies. They also just launched Teambay Feedback Loop to approach the market.
  • Carol’s Proftrack is an online platform that helps individuals find the right learning courses for their professional learning through peer-based recommendations.
  • Jens’ Pay Peanuts provides micropayments to online content publishers utilising loyalty credits.
  • Michael’s VERYHOME is a website to help homeowners with inspiration, products and services for their interior design.
  • Theresia’s HARRYY is the app for digital enthusiasts that provides the fun and easy way to take, share and twist pictures with sound.
  • Tobias’ Letsmake helps makers and hobbyists find spaces for their activities easily.


We all highly recommend the experience. Should you consider undergoing it yourself, we have just one final tip: Enjoy the ride!"

               

If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a company, apply to the Founder Institute today. We are currently accepting applications in Berlin and many other cities worldwide

(Roller coaster in sunset image via Shutterstock)

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