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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-05-22

3 Ways to Acquire Backers Before the Launch of Your Crowdfunding Campaign

The post was written by Seedkicks, a crowdfunding portal that helps entrepreneurs raise capital to fund their business.  Crowdfunding can be a great source of startup capital, but most entrepreneurs are confused on what it takes to have a successful campaign. The truth is, most backers to your project are go... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-20

FI Grads Hit Funding Goals On Kickstarter, Mywedhelper Winner Of Entrepreneurship Program, and more Grad News

Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-05-18

How to Become a Balanced Entrepreneur, with Ben Larson

Being a great entrepreneur takes no small amount of finesse. From one perspective, you are supposed to be composed, calculating, and have it all figured out. From another perspective, you are supposed to be slightly crazy, have endless amounts of energy, and the ability to “just do it.” With all that a great entrepr... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-18

MakerBloks Rethinking How Kids Learn Electronics Hits Crowdfunding Goal in Two Days

MakerBloks gained huge success on Kickstarter by reaching its $25,000 goal on the second day of its crowdfunding campaign. Their Kickstarter campaign launched on Tuesday morning, raising over $20,000 within 24-hours and reached its goal on Wednesday afternoon. The report was originally delivered by Jacob Serebrin in a Techvibes ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-18

GoFar Hits Goal on Kickstarter within 48 hrs to Make Every Car a "Smart Car"

Sydney-based GoFar, which released their Kickstarter campaign on Monday, was able to reach their funding goal within 48 hours. GoFar makes every car a "smart car", providing any driver with real-time feedback to help them reduce fuel consumption, cut emissions, improve safety on the road, and cut time in traffic.&... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-18

FI Grad Mywedhelper Selected Into MasterCard Women in Entrepreneurship Program

Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson University, Canada’s largest business incubator for emerging tech startups launched MasterCard Women in Entrepreneurship, a $60,000 program designed to fuel the success of six women-led startups through cash prizes and placement at DMZ. The program, supported by a generous donation from ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-18

Drivers of Innovation: Announcing the Winners of the Startup Ecosystem Builder Awards

The Founder Institute is proud to present the winners of the Startup Ecosystem Builder Awards, announced during the 16th Founder Showcase. Our 300+ Founder Institute Directors are the backbone of the Founder Institute as they provided the passion, dedication, and support that helped launch more than 1,500 companies since FI was... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-18

How Effective Writing Can Increase Your Startup’s Success

Good writing is an important skill that is too often forgotten in the process of launching a tech company. In this blog post we outline the fundamentals you need to utilize writing to boost your company's chances of success.

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-18

Wild Skillet Bringing Healthy, Fast and Affordable Meals To All

Imagine the luxury of having healthy, affordable meals served to you within minutes. Wild Sillet provides delicious farm to table meals served in a drive-thru model. Enjoy locally sourced California-style super foods with no hassle and no wait. Founder Cindy Ressi’s vision for Wild Sillet is to open a chain of “quic... (more available)

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Infographic of 200+ Startup Resources in Warsaw

Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas (beta) seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, while also outlining a basic sequen... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-05-14

How To Build A 100 Year Startup, According To Phil Libin

The Founder Institute’s “Startup Tips and Tricks” series gives you exclusive video clips from our worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors. For more business hacks, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this installment of Tips and Tricks from the Founder Showcase, CEO of Everno... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-14

100%FOOD Wins The Founder Showcase Audience Choice Competition

The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s premier seed-startup event, gathering top technology founders, investors, and press to hear talks from leading startup experts, and help launch promising companies to greatness. At this week's 16th Founder Showcase event, 100%FOOD collected the most audience votes from the Networki... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-14

Financial Tips For Avoiding Startup Failure

Too many budding entrepreneurs have endeavored to launch a successful startup only to meet failure, oftentimes before their project has even left the ground. With the nearly countless ways in which startups can acquire funding, it is also more important than ever that founders are aware of the financial fundamentals for their st... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-13

Follow-on Investment in Nexercise Made By Militello Capital

Militello Capital, a greater Washington, DC private equity investment firm, announced its follow-on investment and participation as the largest investor in the most recent round of financing for Nexercise, a Baltimore-based and veteran-led customizable fitness app company. The report was originally delivered in a press release o... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-13

Nexercise Receives Follow-on Investment, MakerBloks Launches Four New Products, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, Nexercise receives follow-on investment, MakerBloks launches four new ga... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-11

Just 1 More Day until the Founder Showcase, featuring Top Entrepreneurs!

The 16th Founder Showcase is now just hours away!  We are expecting a completely packed house of over 400 founders, investors, and press. There are only a handful of tickets left, so be sure to register ASAP! In addition to great startup pitches, demos, and networking, we have an incredible lineup of speak... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-10

Announcing the Finalists for the 16th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition…

The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event, and throughout our history contestants have gone on to raise over $355 million in funding - including companies like Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Realty Mogul, Kaggle, and many more.  For the upcoming 16th Founder Sho... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-05-08

Make Your Entrepreneurial Journey Sufficiently Epic With Advice From Phil Libin

The Founder Institute’s “Startup Tips and Tricks” series gives you exclusive video clips from our worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors. For more business hacks, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this installment of the Tips and Tricks from the Founder Showcase, CEO of Evernote Phi... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-08

7 Keys to Pitching at a Competition, by Founder Showcase Champion, Branden Spikes

This guest post was written by Branden Spikes, Founder & CEO of Spikes, who won the Grand Prize at the 12th Founder Showcase. Spikes creates security software for large corporations that virtualizes the browser in the cloud - making getting hacked by browsing the web impossible. Shortly after winning the event, Spikes secu... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-05-08

And the Winner of the 2015 CrowdPitch Competition is...

Congratulations to Francois Poirier of MakerBloks, the winner of the 16th Founder Showcase CrowdPitch Competition! Makerbloks creates small, reactive building blocks that allow anyone to learn and build electronic circuits without any technical background. The company took first place at the Montreal TechCrunch Pitch-Off, which ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-05-06

How To Make Products That Are Globally Great, According To Phil Libin

The Founder Institute’s “Startup Tips and Tricks” series gives you exclusive video clips from our worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors. For more business hacks, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this installment of Tips and Tricks from the Founder Showcase, CEO of Evernote Phil Li... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-06

Top Technology Journalist Jessica E. Lessin to Speak at the Founder Showcase

At the upcoming Founder Showcase, taking place on May 12th in Mountain View, we will feature talks from some of the world's leading change agents in technology, including Chamath Palihapitiya (Owner of the Golden State Warriors and Founder of The Social+Capital Partnership); Peter Diamandis (Chairma... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-06

May 12th Founder Showcase to Feature True Change Agents in Technology

Silicon Valley traditionally prides itself upon driving change, but what percentage of the companies getting funded today are addressing major, global problems? How many startups are created each year that actually have a positive and meaningful impact on industries... and humanity? At the 16th Founder Showcase on May 12th in M... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-06

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches Startup Program in Greenville, South Carolina

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its first chapter in Greenville, South Carolina. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Greenville after an exploratory trial in the city unco... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-06

Are You Ready for Funding? The Anatomy of a Future Startup Unicorn

There are more billion dollar "unicorn" tech companies than ever before, and as such, there are more startups raising angel funding with dreams to become the next unicorn than ever before. But what does it really take to get funding from angels? At the Founder Showcase, Naval Ravikant shared his experience as the Co-Founder of... (more available)

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