Top Local Entrepreneurs Pledge to Support a Founder Institute in San Juan

Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-05

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

The testing phase ends soon (2014-06-08), so if you'd like to help bring this great program to San Juan, 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 San Juan 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 San Juan Founder Institute program. 

This list of entrepeneurs includes: 

  • Angel L Perez: Vice President, Rock Solid Technologies Puerto Rico
  • Antonio Tangarife: Co-Founder, Puerto Rico Ventures
  • Carlos Cobian: Co-Founder & VP of Marketing, Wireless Idea Corp
  • Charles Kwon: Managing Director, Bridge Partners
  • Chris J Snook: Managing Partner/Venture Catalyst in Residence, Launch Haus (www.launchha.us)
  • Dana Montenegro: Chief Innovation Catalyst & Idea Engineer, SeriouslyCreative
  • David Beatty: Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • Eduardo Emanuelli: Angel Investor, (Investment Network)
  • Fernando Lloveras: Executive Director, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico
  • Francisco Uriarte: Principal, ESP Group
  • Gary Gaessler: Co-Founder & Market Builder, Cloud Elements
  • Giovanni Collazo: Co-founder, Blimp LLC
  • Glen Hellman: Business Strategist, Driven Forward, LLC
  • Jorge Nazario: CEO, CEGsoft
  • Jorge Torres
  • Justin Wilcox: CTO, Nimbus Health
  • Kendall Quiñones: CEO, Sparkative
  • Lisa Morales-Hellebo: Founder, LMH Consulting
  • Luke Todesco: CEO, Gustazos Canada
  • Manny Morales: Founder, Grasslark
  • Manuel Rosso: Founder, Food on the Table
  • Marcos Polanco: CEO, Clearshore
  • Maryse Liburdi: Founder/CEO, Pokeware
  • Rachid Molinary: Vice President - Digital Strategy, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico
  • Ramphis Castro: Partner, Mindchemy
  • Ricardo Burgos: Cultural Conector, Espacio Conector
  • Ryan Bettencourt: Founder & CEO, Blurtopia
  • Scott Rafer: CEO, Lumatic
  • Sofia Stolberg
  • Thomas Farb: Cofounder, EVP of Corporate Development & CFO, Atherio, Inc. (IT Services in US, UK & India)
  • Urayoan Camacho: CEO, GSL-DNE-Bioesign

  • And many more to be announced. 

 

In the Founder Institute's structured, step-by-step program, these mentors will provide promising startup entrepreneurs in San Juan 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 San Juan 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 85 cities and 40 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,249 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 San Juan and fill out an Interest Form today.

 

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