The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, is preparing to launch a very promising Chicago Autumn 2014 Semester.
We have many great startup mentors confirmed, and impressive founders are beginning to enroll in the program as well. But, time is running out to apply.
This Sunday (2014-08-17) is the Early Application Deadline. If you apply by Sunday, you get to take the Predictive Admissions Test for free ($50 value), and are also eligible to receive one of several Founder Institute Fellowships.
If you could use expert training and advice to launch a technology startup in Chicago, then apply today.
In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, aspiring founders 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.
The Chicago chapter will be led by Jason Jacobsohn, the Managing Director of Reliable Venture Partners and an advisor to over 100 emerging businesses on investment and strategy.
In addition, participants in Chicago will receive expert training and feedback from an impressive list of mentors, including;
- Charles Kwon: Managing Director, Bridge Partners
- Dave Sonders: Associate Partner, gravitytank
- David Culver: Co-Founder, Forward Momentum
- Emerson Spartz: CEO, Spartz Media
- George Deeb: Managing Partner, Red Rocket Venture Partners
- Jeff Judge: General Managaer, Signal Engage, Signal
- Jeff Hoffman: Partner, ColorJar
- Jeff Weber: Co-Founder & President, SnagPad
- Jessica Zweig: Co-Founder | President, CheekyChicago.com | SimplyBe Agency
- Joe Dwyer: Partner, Digital Intent / Founder Equity
- John R Dallas Jr: Founder and Chief Alignment Officer (CAO), Hillview Partners Network LLC
- Kelly Fitzsimmons: Co-Founder, HarQen & the Hypervoice Consortium
- Kevin Taylor: Startup Hackerpreneur and Advisor
- Lauren Katzberg: Co-Founder & CEO, TheStylisted
- Louis Morales: Co-Founder, Optyn
- Mark Lawrence: Co-Founder & CEO, SpotHero
- Michael Carruth: President/Founder, Fiodan Corporation
- Neil Kane: Founder & President, Illinois Partners Executive Services
- Paul Grossinger: Member, New York Angels
- Peter Tapling: President & CEO, Authentify, Inc
- Rajesh Voddiraju: Founder & CEO, HealthiPASS Inc
- Reva Minkoff: Founder and President, DigitalGroundUp Inc. and Digital4Startups Inc.
- Ronald Franczyk: CTO & Founder, Red Foundry
- Ross Kimbarovsky: Founder and CEO, Startup Foundry
- Seyi Fabode: VP, Innovation & Partnerships, Clean Energy Trust
- Steven Jones: VP of Strategic Development, SpringCM
- William Furlong: President, WKJF Digital
- And many more to be announced.
In only 5 years of operation, over 1,310 graduate companies across 85 cities have used the Founder Institute to validate their idea, develop their plans, refine their product, build an advisory board, prepare for seed funding, and more.