Top Entrepreneurs to Help Founders in Kabul

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-12

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

The testing phase ends soon (2016-07-13), so if you'd like to help bring this great program to Kabul, 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 Kabul 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 Kabul Founder Institute program. 

This list of entrepeneurs includes: 

  • A. Erhat Nalbant: Cofounder, Founder Institute Istanbul
  • Ahmad Fahim Didar: Founder and CEO, Aghaez Business Consulting
  • Asiyah Sharifi: Partner, Afghanistan Legal Services
  • Eileen Guo: Founder, Impassion Afghanistan
  • Evanna Hu: CEO and Co-Founder, g.Maarifa
  • Farshid Ghyasi: Founder & CEO, Netlinks
  • Hanan Khader: CEO, HelloWorldKids.org
  • Jeffrey Paine: Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
  • Jes Kaliebe Petersen: Jes Kaliebe Petersen - Co-Founder, Paywast (Kabul FI), Paywast
  • Karim Khoja: Karim Khoja - CEO, Roshan (Kabul FI), Roshan
  • Naveen Lakkur: Co-Founder, Values Centred Innovation Enablement Services
  • Omar Mansoor Ansari: President , TechNation
  • Roia Shefayee: Roia Shefayee - Principal & Founder, Wellspring Advisers, P.C. (Kabul FI) , Wellspring Advisers, P.C.
  • Sajad Ghanizada: Sajad Ghanizada - Growth Engineer, EventStir (Kabul FI)
  • Sanzar Kakar: Sanzar Kakar - Chairman, Afghanistan Holding Group (Kabul FI) , Afghanistan Holding Group
  • Syed Shujauddin: Co-Founder & Director Operations, Koan Digital Solutions Pvt. Ltd
  • Tom Kraemer: Attorney, Rosenstock Legal Services

  • And many more to be announced. 

 

In the Founder Institute's structured, step-by-step program, these mentors will provide promising startup entrepreneurs in Kabul 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 Kabul 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 100 cities and 58 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,850 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 Kabul and fill out an Interest Form today.

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