Great Founders
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The World's Premier Idea-Stage
Accelerator and Startup Launch
Program

Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and other professionals in 20 U.S. offices, as well as Bogotá and Mexico City. Among the nation's largest law firms, Holland & Knight provides representation in business, litigation, real estate and governmental law. Our Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Team advises a broad array of emerging companies on a local, national and global scale through each stage of their life cycles. Our clients are engaged in a variety of technology-related industries.

DESIGNATION
DESIGNATION is a design bootcamp that trains people of all experience levels to be UI/UX designers over 12 weeks in Chicago. The program is a fast paced, high intensity experience that immerses students in a creative, collaborate environment in order to produce extraordinary results in a highly concentrated timeframe.

Pasquesi Partners
Pasquesi Partners LLC is a boutique firm offering a modern approach to accounting and tax services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Personal attention, responsiveness and quality are the cornerstones of our relationships. We simplify the lives of individuals and small business owners and take care of the accounting, taxes, bookkeeping, payroll, and billing so they can focus on what will grow their business. Pasquesi Partners use secure cloud based technologies so business owners know the financial status of their business.

Vet-Tech
Vet-Tech is America's Veteran-led Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 military veteran startups in our 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.

An Intensive Curriculum

The Founder Institute does not provide superficial startup education and encouragement, like many other free programs. Instead, our proven, structured program will push you to make years of progress on your business in just 3.5 months. Plus, sessions are held at night, so you can keep your day job.

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Month 1
Idea & Customer Development
Month 2
Company & Team Formation
Month 4
Go-To-Market, Bootstrapping, & Fundraising
Month 3
Product Development & Distribution

Committed Mentors

Founder Institute Mentors are vested in your success through a "Shared Liquidity Pool", so they are extremely helpful. Plus, our Mentors are almost exclusively Founders and CEOs with experience building or leading fast-growth tech companies. In most semesters, the ratio of Mentors:Founders is greater than 2:1.

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Adeo Ressi Aaron Patzer Phil Libin
Founder Institute mint.com Evernote
Robin Chase Peter Vesterbacka Jeffrey Paine
Zipcar Rovio Golden Gate Ventures

The Results

Many of the world's fastest growing startups have used the Founder Institute to form and improve their business ideas, create an advisory board, recruit co-founders, improve their pitch, launch a product, prepare to raise capital, generate revenue, and more.

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2,000
72%
$500M
Companies Launched
Company Survival Rate
Total Funding Raised

A Global Network

Based in Silicon Valley but with chapters across six continents and 150+ cities, our mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and help promising entrepreneurs launch companies that create one million new startup jobs.

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