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Founder First, Founder Always. Join us in 2023: Founder Institute is the #1 place in the world to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses.

Today’s economic 'New Normal' is full of reshuffling industries, and new problems in need of solutions - now is a time for entrepreneurs to act. 

Whether you need to test and validate early hypotheses before making a large financial commitment to your startup idea, or you are ready to push your startup to the next level through aggressive weekly growth sprints to refine your vision, improve key metrics, and prepare for investor diligence, Founder Institute has the proven processes and network to help you do it.

If you could use a structured process that tells you what to focus on when, and a lifetime of support from Middle East's top investors and entrepreneurs, then apply to the Middle East 2023 Founder Institute today.

We will be hosting several free startup events in Middle East over the coming weeks, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs all from the comfort of home:

  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online Conference) on 8:00pm, Feb 08, 2023 (Europe/Athens):
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 6:30pm, Feb 09, 2023 (Europe/Athens):
  • Startup Open Mic: Pitch Ideas & Get Friendly Feedback (online event) on 8:00pm, Feb 15, 2023 (Europe/Athens):
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network (Online) on 8:00pm, Feb 22, 2023 (Europe/Athens):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 8:00pm, Mar 01, 2023 (Europe/Athens):
  • [Restricted] Venture Trailblazers, featuring Tim Draper (VIP Event) on 6:30pm, Mar 06, 2023 (Europe/Athens):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 7:00pm, Mar 15, 2023 (Europe/Athens):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 8:00pm, Apr 12, 2023 (Europe/Athens):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 8:00pm, Apr 26, 2023 (Europe/Athens):

Make better, faster business decisions in 2023 by sharing your latest progress, challenges, and strategies for constant feedback and evaluation from our expert mentors and advisors, every step of the way–scale your team, develop new business opportunities, and recruit an amazing advisory board with the world's largest network of international startup founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors.

The Middle East accelerator is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Maher Santarissy (Middle East Region Director , Founder Institute ), Mohammad Santarissy (CEO, Relatively Fund). In addition, some of Amman's top entrepreneurs will be participating as mentors in the program, including:

  • Ahmed Al Kiremli: Co-Founder, CEO, Orisdi
  • Alessandra Scicchitano: Founder, AURES, and Lecturer, Swiss Business School
  • Ana Bibikova: Founder, An Aspiring Founder
  • Chad Fox: Managing Partner, Fox Ventures
  • Charles Shaban: Consultant, Self
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Dav Masaon: Co-Founder , Zanda
  • Elia Nuqul: Owner, Investor, Mentor, Co-Founder, Nuqul Group
  • Filip Karwala: Co-founder, Partner, Move Ventures
  • Gaelle Yammine: Associate, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
  • Grant Felgenhauer: Managing Partner, Euphrates Ventures
  • Hamdi Tabbaa: Co-founder and CEO , Abwaab
  • Hanan Shahin: Co-Founder & CEO , BLOOMit
  • Hasan Ahmad: Consultant, Hasan Ahmad
  • Ibrahim Faza, Shamal Start
  • Jad El Boustani: Managing Director, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
  • Laura Olivier Khudairi: Executive Director, Iraq Tech Ventures
  • Lauren Jane Heller: Executive Leadership Coach, On Deck/ Iberdrola Australia
  • Loek Daemen: Presentation Skills Trainer & Founder , Pitch Perfect
  • Luis Ferreira: Co-founder and COO , UshowMe
  • Maher Kaddoura: Investor, Al Jude
  • Maher Santarissy: Managing Director, moment
  • Marie Therese Fam: Partner, Silicon Badia
  • Marisa Bryce, Jack and Blue Capital
  • Marwan Said: CEO, E Points Group
  • Mohd Santarissy: Co-CEO, Relatively Fund
  • Nasser Saleh: Executive Chairman and Founder, MadfooatCom
  • Nela Dunato: Brand Designer, Nela Dunato Art & Design
  • Nidal Bitar: Chief Executive Officer, ICT Association of Jordan - int@j
  • Omar Tabbaa: Chairman / CEO, Eat Holding
  • Paul Turken: Professor, Marketing & Strategy of Business School Netherlands
  • Raja Mawad: Founder,
  • Rami Essaid: CEO, Finmark
  • Ramzi Halaby: CEO, The Online Project
  • Rawaz Rauf: Partner, Euphrates Ventures
  • Roberto Croci: Regional Startups Enabler, .
  • Ruba Fakhouri: Psychological , Counseling
  • Rudy Bekerejian: Founder & CEO , Ecomz
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Samer Arabiat: Consultant
  • Saurabh Nathany: Startup & VC Lawyer, White Summers Caffee & James, LLP
  • Shaun Gold: Seasoned entrepreneur and storyteller, OpenVC
  • Simon Turner: Founding Partner, Groundbreaking, Managing Director, FI Ghana
  • Simon Tkachenko: Principal, Modus Capital
  • Sokmean Nou: Founder & CEO, Calixa
  • Tamer Al Salah: Managing Director, BeyondCapital
  • Tariq El Titi: Managing Director , Janus Ventures
  • Trevor Longino: Chief Marketing Officer, Unito
  • Trevor Longino: Owner , Crowd Tamers
  • Triska Hamid: Editorial Director, Wamda
  • Wajeeha Al Husseini: Director of Communications, Umniah
  • Zaid Ibrahim: Consumer Marketing Director, Umniah
  • Zeid Husban: Chief Strategy Officer, Foodics

  • And many more to be announced.

Since 2009, Founder Institute’s highly-structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,500 entrepreneurs to grow quickly, know what to do next, and make key connections through the largest community of startup advisors in the world. 

It all starts with our renowned ‘FI Core’ accelerator, which pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth. Alumni of FI Core then receive free access to our advanced ‘Founder Lab’ accelerators for years to come, and can get matched with prospective investors in the FI Venture Network - a collection of global funds actively investing in the earliest rounds of funding.

The results speak for themselves: FI Alumni have raised over $1.75BN in funding, and are building impactful businesses across 200+ cities and 95+ countries all across the globe. (see the FI 50 Report here).

Join us in Middle East to get funded and build a global business. 

Apply to the Middle East 2023 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  


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