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Vet-Tech is America's Veteran Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 veteran led startups in its community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

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The CONNECTPreneur Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the  CONNECTPreneur Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.

The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CONNECTPreneur, a quarterly forum of 350+ top IT entrepreneurs and investors in greater Washington DC region. Through the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship, everyone from the CONNECTPreneur community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($1,650 value).

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2017 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by April 3, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship.

Washington DC Founder Institute Early Applications Due This Sunday

Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-08-29

The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, is preparing to launch a very promising Washington DC Spring 2017 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 (2017-02-19) 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 Washington DC, 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 Washington DC Chapter will be led by local leaders Cynthia Traeger (CEO of Pacific Siren International), and Dede Haskins (Former CEO & President of NewVision Health).

In addition, participants in Washington DC will receive expert training and feedback from an impressive list of mentors, including:

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Ajay Sravanapudi: CTO, Videology
  • Ali Sorbi: Principal, Pendulum Advisors
  • Allyson Redpath: Board Member, Westchester Land Trust
  • Andy Louis-Charles: Vice President, Business Development,
  • Benjamin Young: CEO, Nexercise
  • Bill Schafer: CEO, Digital DME
  • Bill Draper: Founder/CEO/CTO, Dovetail Systems, Inc
  • Brendan Robinson: Cofounder and CEO, Deconstruction
  • Brent Halliburton: Brent Halliburton - VP of Products, Verve Wireless (Washington DC FI) , Verve Wireless
  • Chris Duffus: Co-Founder, Leaf College Savings, LLC
  • Chris Parker: CEO, New Horizon Wines
  • Christina Hedberg: Founder, LiveEdge Business Development
  • Chuck Teubner: Managing Director, Newport Board Group
  • Cody Semrau: Founder and CEO, BetterMynd
  • Cynthia Traeger: CEO
  • D.K. Smith: Managing Director, Brooklyn Innovation Center
  • Dan Loague: President, DC ArchAngels
  • Dave Sandrowitz: Owner & Principal Consultant, Substrate LLC
  • David Greene: Vice President and Financial Advisor , Bernstein Global Wealth Management
  • Dede Haskins: President & CEO
  • Ed Harrell: Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners LLC
  • Eric Koefoot: Co-founder, Ascend Sales Partner
  • Eric Wechselblatt: Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Erica Mc Mannes: CEO/Co-Founder, HireMadSkills, Inc.
  • Fred Cohen: Founder and CEO, Angel to Exit
  • Glen Hellman: Glen Hellman - Business Strategist, Driven Forward, LLC (Baltimore FI) , Driven Forward, LLC
  • Greg Lewin: Business leader
  • Henry Hunter: ceo, Incidr
  • Isaac Barnes: Chief Operating Officer, Eminent IT, LLC
  • Jacob Smith
  • Jamil Ramsey: Founder and CEO, Snap Contacts
  • Jeffery Porro: Speechwriter, Porro LLC
  • Joseph Daniels: Partner, Co-Chair -- Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Group , McCarter & English, LLP
  • Joshua Konowe: Founder & CEO,
  • Judy Schramm: CEO, ProResource, Inc.
  • Justin Maddox: CEO , CrowdTrust
  • Kathie Brady: CEO Group Chair, Vistage
  • Kevin Siskar: Managing Director, Founder Institute NY
  • Kiki Ramsey: Founder, Kiki Ramsey International
  • Kyle Brown: Founder - CEO, Mayvik, Inc - Transforming ideas from analog to digital
  • Liz Sara: Managing Director, Best Marketing, LLC
  • Marisa Terrenzi: Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Mariya Bouraima: Founder and CEO
  • Matt Mandell: Principal, Mandell Enterprises
  • Maxim Wheatley: Program Manager, Springboard Enterprises
  • Michael Beck
  • Nancy Carter: CEO, Carter & Associates
  • Naresh Verma
  • Neil Kleinberg: Founder/CEO, DiliVer
  • Per Jacobsen
  • Pramod Raheja: CEO, MyStaffNow, Inc.
  • Richard Ambrose: Co-Founder, LaunchPosse
  • Roger Yee: Roger Yee - Investor/LP, Fortify Ventures , Fortify Ventures
  • Rosemarie Truman: Founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Innovation
  • Sam Bahreini: Entrepreneur
  • Sarah Van Dell: CEO, Plum Relish
  • Shahed Amanullah: Co-Founder, LaunchPosse
  • Tien Wong: Founder and CEO, Lore
  • Tim Keough: Founder & CEO, WythMe
  • Tom Brooke: Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Tyrone Taylor: President, Capitol Advisors on Technology, Former NASA Director
  • William (Bill) Martinez: Deputy Director for Programs, Center for Civil-Military Relations

  • And many more to be announced.

In only 8 years of operation, over 2,300 graduate companies across 170 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.

                               We hope you will join us in Washington DC and launch a company in 2014.

Washington DC Founder Institute Early Applications Due This Sunday

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