The Founder Institute, the World's Largest Startup Accelerator, is in the final stage of testing for the opening of its newest chapter in San Jose for the Spring of 2014.
The testing phase ends 2014-08-17, so if you'd like to help bring this great program to San Jose, please fill out this form today and then spread the word.
In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising 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.
Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 85 cities and 40 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 companies, which have created over 10,000+ new jobs. The company's mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.
In order to complete the testing phase in San Jose, the Founder Institute is hosting free startup events this week;
Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in San Jose are Ignacio Castro, Vivian Arias, and Randall Trejos. Ignacio Castro is a passionate entrepreneur and tech executive who is living abroad but working hard to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Costa Rica. Vivian Arias is a member of the founding team of Yo Emprendedor, and is actively involved in the startup ecosystem as a lead organizer of events like Startup Weekend, Bootcamps and others. Randall Trejos is an entrepreneur and business development consultant -- someone that has walked the path of starting businesses from scratch, a combination of street smarts and book smarts.
Other successful entrepreneurs who have pledged their support to mentor founders in a San Jose Founder Institute program include:
- Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
- Adrian Garcia: Co-Founder, Carao Ventures
- Alejandro Vega: CEO, Huli
- Alejandro Brenes: Founder and CEO, Enertiva Costa Rica
- André Hess: IT Project Manager, Aeropost
- Andres Chavarria: Director de Desarrollo Empresarial, Pymes de Costa Rica
- Arnoldo Madrigal: Presidente, Brainware S.A.
- Arnoldo Reyes: Head of Business & Market Development - Latin America & Caribbean, Paypal
- Carlos Gallegos: Managing Partner - Advisory Services, EY (Ernst & Young)
- Carlos Mora De La Orden: CEO, Mora de la Orden & Co.
- Caya (Jose) Cayasso: CEO, Slidebean
- Claudio Pinto: CEO & Founder, Fair Play Labs
- Diego May: CEO, Junar
- Eva Maklouf: Sales & Marketing Director, Arkkosoft
- Gerardo E Porras: Director, GEP Coaching and Business Co. www.gep.cr
- Jorge Rivera: CEO, Clandestina Hub Creativo
- Jose Coto: Managing Director, Prodigious
- Manfred Perez: Founder, Metodus
- Max Faingezicht: Co-Founder & CEO, ThriveHive
- Omar Mora: Founder, Blackberry & Cross
- Óscar Retana: Director, Gridshield
- Otto Rivera: Director Ejecutivo, Cámara de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación (CAMTIC)
- Pablo Elizondo: Founder / CEO, SmartSoft
- Paul Fervoy: Co-founder, InterNexo
- Paula Guevara: Creative Consultant, Independent
- Rafael Azofeifa: Founder / CEO, NÓVAQ
- Rogelio Umaña: Lead Facilitator & Founder, Astrolabe
- Ryan Frazee: Director of Marketing / Former entrepreneur, INCAE Business School
- Steve Aronson: Founder, Cafe Britt
- And many more to be announced.