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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

.CO is the web address where the world’s innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and brands come together to build and grow their ideas and organizations online.

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.

Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 700,000+ businesses using Xero in more than 180 countries.

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.

In 2013, after managing a team of over 70 people as a Director at Zynga, Lucy Beard quit her job to take a break from the outside world. Along with her beloved dog and husband, Beard embarked on a 6-month trek throughout Alaska, wearing down several pairs of her favorite shoes while traversing some of the world's most beautiful landscapes.

Upon her return, Beard searched for a new pair of shoes, but became frustrated when she couldn't find a pair perfectly fit for her. Around the same time, she also stopped by a coffee shop and noticed how the coffee machine could spew out dozens of drink varieties, all tailored to each customer’s needs. In this moment, Beard had an epiphany: 

"How could three machines make 87,000 types of coffee and I couldn’t get a pair of shoes?"

Beard realized that while there were available technologies to aid consumers in finding shoes that fit, there were less technologies allow personal design. Doing some research, she developed the idea of employing emerging 3D printing technology to create customizable shoes. With this basic framework for a business idea in mind, she joined the San Diego Founder Institute to further develop the idea and kickstart her progress.



October 2015: Feetz publically debuts 3D-printed footwear at Startup Week in Chattanooga  

November 2015 - Feetz is featured in Fast Company 

November 2016 - Feetz featured on TechCrunch

March 2017 - Feetz was named a speaker for Innovation Summit 2017


March 2015: Feetz Raises $1.3 Million from investors featured in Wall Street Journal

March 2015: Feetz receives "six-figure" investment from former Reebok CEO Uli Becker

May 2016: Feetz Announces Partnership with DSW Inc. to Bring Custom Fit 3D Printed Shoes to the Masses

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