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CodigoDelSur is a designer and developer of digital products. Having worked with Founder Institute startups in the past, they come as a highly recommended Founder Institute referral. They are composed of highly skilled software, web, and mobile app developers, who are excited to incorporate the latest technologies into the applications they develop.

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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.

Startup Weekend


Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

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

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

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Many of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more. Check out some highlights from our portfolio across six continents and 170+ cities below.


Graduate Stories

Do Tuan Anh, Founder of Appota. Read Do's story.


Jilliene Helman, Founder of Realty Mogul. Read Jilliene's story.

Branden Spikes, Founder of Spikes. Read Branden's story.

Lucy Beard, Founder of Feetz. Read Lucy's story.


Daan Weddepohl, Founder of Peerby. Read Daan's story.

Danny Adams, Founder of GoFar. Read Danny's story.

See Graduate Impact Reports from across the globe.

Featured Graduate Companies

Top mobile content distribution platform in Southeast Asia. Series B funding. Hanoi FI Graduate.


Real-time market for high-demand real estate properties in Latin America. $1.5M+ funding. Santiago FI Graduate.

Storage as a Service platform. Acquired for 7 figures within 11 months of launch. Singapore FI Graduate.

Leading peer-to-peer car rental service across Singapore and China. $70M+ funding. Singapore FI Graduate.


Online inventory management for customers and merchants. $3M+ funding. Berlin FI Graduate.

Next-generation learning for the enterprise. $1.5M+ funding, TechStars alum. New York FI Graduate.

Peer-to-peer lending app for neighbors. $3.5M+ funding, TechStars alum. Amsterdam FI Graduate.


Top pet recovery service in the United States and Britain. $3M+ funding. Seattle FI Graduate.

Crowdfunding for real estate. Processed $100mm in property year one. $45M+ funding. Los Angeles FI Graduate.

Big Data for Retailers & Brands. $13M+ funding, acquired in 2016. Silicon Valley FI Graduate.


Social analytics for content providers. $3M+ funding. New York City FI Graduate.

Browser security platform from former CIO of SpaceX. $12M+ funding, acquired in 2016. Silicon Valley FI Graduate.

The world's largest online destination for online courses. 2M+ students, $173M+ funding. Silicon Valley FI Graduate.


Secure payment platform for digital checks. $2M+ funding. New York City FI Graduate.

Personalized mobile exercise & fitness apps. $3M+ funding, 1.5MM+ MAUs. Washington DC FI Graduate.

Enterprise social media platform for brand ambassadorship. $8M+ funding, acquired in 2016. Seattle FI Graduate.


Software for hotel managers to fill rooms with maximum efficiency. $5M+ funding. Madrid FI Graduate.

Smart compression clothing for high performance athletes. $1M+ funding. Montreal FI Graduate.

First bitcoin marketplace and payment services provider to be EU-compliant. $1M+ funding. Paris FI Graduate.


E-commerce portal for small businesses to promote and sell their products online. $1.5M+funding. Jakarta FI Graduate.

Trip-planning platform for buses and trains. First Chile-based startup accepted to Techstars. Santiago FI Graduate.

Career management platform for universities to improve job placements. $1M+ funding. Chicago FI Graduate.


B2B platform that matches investors with African SMEs. $1M+ Funding. Johannesburg FI Graduate.

Crowdfinancing platform for real estate redevelopment projects. $2M+ in funding. New York FI Graduate.

Software+hardware for managing home energy consumption. Seed funding from Keiretsu Forum. Bangalore FI Graduate.


App-connected fertility thermometers. $6.5M+ funding. New York City FI Graduate.

Construction equipment rental services. $10M+ funding. Silicon Valley FI Graduate.

Premium service for gifting experiences. $2M+ funding. Jakarta FI Graduate.


Europe's fastest growing service to rent your car. $6M+ funding. Paris FI Graduate.

Custom footwear via apps and 3D printing. $1M+ funding. San Diego FI Graduate.

A marketing platform that offers big brands access to global influencers. 57M users. Bogota FI Graduate.


Mobile payments platform with secure digital paycheck functionality. $3.5M+ funding. New York FI Graduate.

Easy tool for non-programmers to create interactive content. $300K+ in funding. Cordoba (ES) FI Graduate.

Wrist-worn sensor & analytics platform. Y Combinator Alum, used by Olympic boxers. Montreal FI Graduate.


Provides drivers with feedback to reduce fuel usage. Raised seed + $200K on Kickstarter. Sydney FI Graduate.

Leading LATAM site to find and apply for financial products. Raised $800K+. Bogota FI Graduate.

End-to-end data app to streamline ambulance paperwork. Y Combinator Alum. Silicon Valley FI Graduate.


Identity-as-a-service platform for large corporations. Techstars Alum. Montreal FI Graduate.

Tech-driven women's footwear fashion brand. $1.5M in funding. Los Angeles FI Graduate.

An analytics provider for the apparel and accessory industries. $1.5M+ in funding. New York FI Graduate.


Water filtration using nanoclay partical tech. 7 national awards and thousands of units shipped. Chennai FI Graduate.

Builds software to connect business apps like Asana and GitHub. $1M+ in funding. Montreal FI Graduate.

Digital payment/rewards platform for independent coffee shops. Backed by SOS ventures. Montreal FI Graduate.


Provides coworking facilities for food companies. Secured an investment on Dragon's Den. Montreal FI Graduate.

Fast-growing revenue management platform for independent hotels. $800K+ funding. Lisbon FI Graduate.

A custom thermoformed packaging service. Operating factory with $2M+ of product quoted. Greenville FI Graduate.


Automates the child care business. $1M+ in funding and six figure monthly revenue. Los Angeles FI Graduate.

Brings interactive art galleries to public places and hotels. Triple digit QoQ growth. San Francisco FI Graduate.

First immigration robot powered by AI. 15K+ users in month one, 500 Startups. Silicon Valley FI Graduate.


Connects accounting & ERP systems for enterprise synergy. $1.5M+ in funding Silicon Valley FI Graduate.

The leading Spanish speaking yoga and pilates online platform. $650K+ in seed funding. Madrid FI Graduate.

See more Graduate Companies.

Recent Graduate Impact Reports


Featured Investors in Graduates

A Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm with $4.2 billion under management.


A seed-stage firm focused on building a vibrant community of technology companies.

A prestigious seed-accelerator and venture fund based in Mountain View, CA.

A VC firm based in San Francisco that helps founders build lasting technology companies.


Sequoia invests in seed stage, early stage, and growth stage emerging technology companies.

Techstars is a mentorship-driven accelerator with over 13 programs worldwide.

Graduate Testimonials

"The program was like drinking from a fire hose. The experience was invaluable and connected me to a network of brilliant advisers and mentors that taught me what I needed to know."

"It's like getting an industry-specific MBA custom tailored to your business in 4 months. They don't bother with theory, only the real substance behind actual steps to success."

"The real question is: can the Founder Institute be game-changing for your business? The answer is yes."

- Adriana Herrera, Co-Founder & CEO of GrandIntent & FI Graduate

- Branden Spikes, Founder of Spikes, Former SpaceX CIO, FI Graduate

- Gagan Biyani, Co-founder of Udemy, Founder of Sprig, and FI Graduate

See more Graduate Testimonials.


Apply to the Silicon Valley Winter 2018 Program

The Founder Institute can provide you the structure, mentorship, and network to make years of progress in just 3.5 months.

Founder Institute Silicon Valley Winter 2018 Semester

Early Deadline:
Final Deadline:
2018-01-09 - 2018-04-18
Course Fee:
$1999 USD

(not in Silicon Valley? See the full list of enrolling semesters here) 


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