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 (2015-09-23), 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: 

  • Andrew Lee: CEO, Esper
  • Andrew Weinreich: CEO, MeetMoi
  • Angel L Perez: Vice President, Rock Solid Technologies Puerto Rico
  • Antonio Tangarife: Co-Founder, Puerto Rico Ventures
  • Bob Dorf: Partner, K&S Ranch
  • C.J. Acosta: Co-founder, Datacrowd
  • Carlos Cobian: Co-Founder & VP of Marketing, Wireless Idea Corp
  • Charles Kwon: Managing Director, Bridge Partners
  • Chris Stahl: Chris Stahl - President, G4i (Puerto Rico FI), G4i
  • Chris J Snook: Chris J Snook - Managing Partner/Venture Catalyst in Residence, Launch Haus (Denver FI), Launch Haus (
  • Dana Montenegro: Chief Innovation Catalyst & Idea Engineer, SeriouslyCreative
  • Daniel Hoffer: Co-Founder, Couchsurfing
  • David Beatty: Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • David Macknet: Dr. David T. Macknet, Macknet and Associates
  • Eduardo Emanuelli: Angel Investor, (Investment Network)
  • Eugenio Torres: Capital Member, Ferraiuoli LLC
  • Fernando Lloveras: Executive Director, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico
  • Francisco Uriarte: Principal, ESP Group
  • Gary Gaessler: Gary Gaessler - Co-Founder & Market Builder, Cloud Elements (Chicago FI)
  • Giancarlo Gonzalez: CEO, MAX Web Group
  • Giovanni Collazo: Co-founder, Blimp LLC
  • Glen Hellman: Glen Hellman - Business Strategist, Driven Forward, LLC (Baltimore FI) , Driven Forward, LLC
  • Jonathan Gonzalez: CEO, Kytelabs
  • Jorge Torres: Managing Director, VenSeed
  • Jorge Nazario: CEO, CEGsoft
  • Justin Wilcox: Founder, Customer Development Labs
  • Kendall Quiñones: CEO, Sparkative
  • Lisa Morales-Hellebo: Founder, LMH Consulting
  • Luke Todesco: Luke Todesco - CEO, Gustazos Canada (Puerto Rico FI), Gustazos Canada
  • Luke Beatty: Vice President & General Manager, Yahoo!
  • Manny Morales: Founder, Grasslark
  • Manuel Rosso: Founder, Food on the Table
  • Marcos Polanco, Clearshore
  • Rachid Molinary: Vice President - Digital Strategy, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico
  • Rajesh Setty: Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
  • Ramphis Castro: Partner, Mindchemy
  • Ricardo Burgos: Cultural Conector, Espacio Conector
  • Ryan Bettencourt: Ryan Bettencourt - Co-Founder, Cursive Labs (Kuala Lumpur FI) , Cursive Labs
  • Sofia Stolberg: CEO, Piloto 151
  • Steve Armbruster: Executive Director, V2A Capital
  • Thomas Farb: Cofounder, EVP of Corporate Development & CFO, Atherio, Inc. (IT Services in US, UK & India)
  • Toni Gemayel: Founder, Banyan
  • Urayoan Camacho: CEO, GSL-DNE-Bioesign
  • Ziv Gillat: Ziv Gillat - Co-founder, Eye-Fi & Forq (Silicon Valley FI), Forq, Inc.

  • 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 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 San Juan and fill out an Interest Form today.


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