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Founder First, Founder Always. Join us in 2022: 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 Pittsburgh's top investors and entrepreneurs, then apply to the Pittsburgh 2023 Founder Institute today.

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

Pittsburgh Events:

  • Ask a Pittsburgh Startup CEO: In Person AMA w/ Jim Gibbs on 6:00pm, Jan 17, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • Founder Meet & Greet: In-Person Startup Networking in Pittsburgh on 6:00pm, Jan 31, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • Pittsburgh Startup Office Hours: Get Business Advice from Experts on 6:00pm, Feb 07, 2023 (America/New_York):

Global or Regional Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Startup Market Outlook for 2023: What to Expect with Funding (Online) on 1:00pm, Dec 14, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 1:00pm, Dec 21, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 8:00pm, Dec 28, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Connect with Aspiring Entrepreneurs (Online Networking Event) on 1:00pm, Jan 04, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • SEO 101 with Nick Jordan on 1:00pm, Jan 09, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • How To Identify a Viable Business Idea (Online) on 1:00pm, Jan 11, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • How to Win with Peep Laja on 1:00pm, Jan 16, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Start 2023 By Finding a Business Partner (Online) on 1:00pm, Jan 18, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • How to use social media as a Founder with Andrew Miller on 1:00pm, Jan 23, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • Get Friendly Feedback on Your Idea from Experts (Online Roundtable Event) on 1:00pm, Jan 25, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • How to build an MVP for your startup idea with Aram Melkoumov on 1:00pm, Jan 30, 2023 (America/New_York):
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online Conference) on 1:00pm, Feb 08, 2023 (America/New_York):

Make better, faster business decisions in 2022 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 Pittsburgh accelerator is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including David Cerniglia (Software Developer, The Dev Shop), Greg Coticchia, Pitt Admin, Randy Eager (Founder & Managing Partner, ResTec Solutions). In addition, some of Pittsburgh's top entrepreneurs will be participating as mentors in the program, including:

  • Adhithi Aji: CEO, Adrich
  • Afshan Khan: EIR, Innovation Works
  • Akhil Chaturvedi: Machine Learning Engineer, Philips
  • Alan Martello: President, Blue Lotus LLC
  • Alison Alvarez: CEO & Co-Founder, BlastPoint
  • Andy Hannah: CEO, Othot
  • Ann Pierce: CEO, Rabble AI
  • Atul Bansal: CEO, TimeSys
  • Audrey Russo: President and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
  • Austin Webb: CEO, Fifth Season
  • Beth Slagle: Attorney, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
  • Bill Jackson: Co-founder and CEO, Sinovia Technologies
  • Birpal Sachdev: Leader of Advanced Technologies, Philips
  • Bob Delach: CFO and Business Consultant, Robert J Delach Business Consulting
  • Britta Ulm: Senior Project Manager, Robotic Product Support, Smith and Nephew
  • Bruce Gay: Director, Program Management, UPMC Enterprises
  • Catherine Mott: Founder/CEO, BlueTree Venture Fund, BlueTree Allied Angels
  • Chris Moehle: Managing Director, The Robotics Hub
  • Chris Rasmussen: CEO, Gajjitz, Inc.
  • Claye Greene: CEO, TechBlue, Inc.
  • Courtney Williamson: CEO, AbiliLife
  • Currie Crookston: CEO, ResTec Solutions
  • Darnell Moses: Principal, Sesom Consulting
  • Darrin Grove: CEO, Truefit
  • David Kalson: Shareholder and Co-Leader, Dentons Venture Technology National Practice Group, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, P.C
  • David Wible: CEO, Plan Grind Deliver
  • David Cerniglia: Software Developer, The Dev Shop
  • Don Morrison: Chairman of Deal Flow, Blue Tree Allied Angels
  • Eric Kline: Partner, Troutman Pepper LLP
  • Eric Boduch: Founder, 24 and Up
  • Eric Xing: Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist, Petuum
  • Euan Guttridge: Founder, Reinforced Ventures
  • Fahmy Mechael: Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Pittsburgh Glass Works
  • Glenn Watson: Commercialization Advisor, LifeX
  • Greg Coticchia: CEO
  • Greg Russak: Principal Consultant, The Conscientious Capitalist
  • Henry Thorne: CTO, 4Moms
  • Ilana Diamond: Managing Partner, 412 Venture Fund
  • Ingrid Cook: CEO, SHzoom
  • Jared Glover: CEO, Capsen Robotics
  • Jason Jones: Community Development Market Manager, Citizens Bank
  • Jeff Schneider: Professor, Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jeff Lizik: President/CEO, RedShift
  • Jennifer Wilhelm: Assistant Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)
  • Jennifer Sydeski Hurd: CEO, Connect Wolf
  • Jim Gibbs: Co-Founder and CEO, Meter Feeder, Inc.
  • Jim Jordan: CEO, StraTactic, Inc.
  • Joe Ferrara: CEO, Security Journey
  • John Riley: Owner, The Richards Group
  • John Seiffer: CEO, CEO Boot Camp
  • John Lawton: Principal, LM Resources
  • John Quayle: Chief of Staff, Four Growers
  • Juan Lacey: -, Farms Close By
  • Kevin Dowling: CEO, Kaarta
  • Kevin Israel: Partner, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
  • Kit Needham: Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Project Olympus, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Leah Lizarondo: CEO, 412 Food Rescue
  • Lillian Rafson: Founder, CEO, Pack Up + Go
  • Luke Skurman: CEO, Niche
  • Lynn Banaszak (Brusco): Head of Strategy and Operations, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Amazon
  • Marc Brown: Principal, ABR Ventures
  • Marcel Bergerman: Chief Operating Officer, Near Earth Autonomy
  • Mark Adkins: Founder & President, Smart Hammer Innovation
  • Mark DeSantis: CEO, Bloomfield
  • Martina Truche: Healthcare Innovator , Space Medicine Enthusiast
  • Mary Koes: Product Manager, Google Cloud, Google Austria
  • Mary Beth Green: Chief Innovation Officer, Sheetz
  • Meghan Skiff: Founder, MixyMarketing
  • Michael Schmanske: Managing Partner, AngelMD Capital, AngelMD
  • MICHELE MIGLIUOLO: Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, LifeX Labs
  • Mike Formica: Managing Director Hardware, Innovation Works
  • Mike Bauer: Chief Products OfficerChief Products Officer, Sopheon
  • Nathan Mancine: FI Mentor, Hospital IQ
  • Ned Show: CEO, Chemistry Communications
  • Nehal Bhojak: CEO , Lumis Corporation
  • Nicholas Kuhn: CEO, Setex Technologies
  • Nicole Zevola Benvenuti: CEO, 1984
  • Olga Pogoda: Co-Founder, KRNLS
  • Randy Eager: CEO, Aqualibrium LLC
  • Rich Lunak: President & CEO, Innovation Works
  • Richard Longo: Interim Director & Business Consultant, Duquesne University/School of Business Small Business Development Center
  • Samir Lakhani: CEO, Eco-Soap Bank
  • Sana Gaspard: CEO, Rubitection
  • Sarjoun Skaff: Founder and CTO, Bosa Nova Robotics
  • Sean Ammirati: Partner, Birchmere Labs & Birchmere Ventures
  • Sophia Berman: Founder + Chief Creative Officer, Trusst Lingerie
  • Tina Goodman: Senior Corporate Recruiter, Lucas Systems
  • Tomer Borenstein: Co-founder and CTO, BlastPoint
  • Zach Malone: Partner, Magarac Venture Partners

  • 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 Pittsburgh to get funded and build a global business. 

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


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