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

McCarter & English
McCarter & English, LLP is a firm of approximately 400 lawyers with offices in Boston, Hartford, Stamford, New York, Newark, East Brunswick, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Washington, DC. In continuous business for more than 170 years, we are among the oldest and largest law firms in America.

Vet-Tech
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.

Planning Solutions Group
Planning Solutions Group is a financial planning firm that specializes in developing innovative concepts for wealth creation and preservation. PSG is comprised of 3 partners with over 60 years of combined industry experience, a team of associate planners, and a dedicated support staff which includes two an attorney who provides advanced estate and tax planning solutions, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) for the development of creative investment strategies.

CONNECTPreneur

 

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.


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.

See the Graduates

2,300
72%
$550M
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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