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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 Seattle's top investors and entrepreneurs, then apply to the Seattle 2023 Founder Institute today.

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

  • How to Build a Community for Your Startup on 10:00am, Jun 12, 2023 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online Conference) on 10:00am, Jun 14, 2023 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • How to Delegate Tasks and Remain Focused as a Startup Founder on 10:00am, Jun 21, 2023 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Adopt an Experience Mindset as a Startup Founder with Tiffany Bova on 10:00am, Jul 12, 2023 (America/Los_Angeles):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner Online on 10:00am, Jul 19, 2023 (America/Los_Angeles):

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.

Our mentors include 

  • Adam Mangone: CEO , Mangone Ventures
  • Adam Wiener: Chief Growth Officer, Redfin
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Alain Raynaud: CEO, FairSoftware
  • Albert Lam: Partner, Dorm Room Fund
  • Amit Gupta: Sys Dev Manager, Amazon
  • Amy Hutchins: Founder, Chief Product Officer, Unearth Technologies, Inc.
  • Amy Swanson: CEO & Co-Founder, Ultropia
  • Andrew Lee: CEO, Esper
  • Andrew Klein: Founder, Zccounting
  • Andy Herman: Founder, Signtag Corp.
  • Anisha Vinjamuri: Founder & President , boza
  • Aracelis Nass: Senior Business Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Aswin Pranam: Sr. Product Manager, UVC Partners
  • Audrea Fink: Sales Coach & Strategist, mConnexions
  • Aviv Shalgi: CEO, Solar Simplified
  • Barret Newberry: CEO, Leasera
  • Ben Rush: Business, Pioneer Square Labs
  • Bill Bromfield: Partner, Fenwick & West
  • Bill Bryant: General Partner, Threshold Ventures
  • Bob Crimmins: General Partner, Startup Haven Ventures
  • Brandon Zhang: Business Analyst II, Services Llc
  • Brian M Pasalich: Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder, Syntoniq
  • Bryan Rutberg: Partner, AG Consulting Partners
  • Candice Dietz: Founder, Givespace
  • Charles Kwon: Managing Partner, Concitor
  • Chris Kelley: Principal, DFJ
  • Chris Haberle: Principal Product Marketing Manager, AWS
  • Chris Bruno: Owner, X2Y Strategic Advisors
  • Christina Lomasney: Director of Commercialization, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Christy Johnson: CEO, Artemis Connection, Inc
  • Claire Mc Taggart: Founder & CEO, Square Peg Hires
  • Clare Gould: Founder & CEO, Your Vesa
  • Colleen Hilton: CEO, Alli Connect
  • Connor Gray: CEO, Stealth
  • Dan Fine: Managing Partner, Fine Solutions
  • Dan Kihanya: Director, REI Path Ahead Ventures, REI
  • Danl Kasow: Principal, Sorted Solution
  • Daria Boldyreva: Founder, Wunderdogs
  • David Anderson: GM, Kilby Silicon Valley Labs at Texas Instruments
  • Diane Najm: CEO/Founder, PhotoPad
  • Edmond Sanctis: Partner, REASON Venture Partners
  • Elisa La Cava: Investor, Madrona Venture Group
  • Emeka Alozie: Director, IntuitiveX
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, Finien
  • Fredrick Tsang: IP Attorney, Fenwick & West
  • Gary Gaessler: SaaS Community Builder, Nylas, Co-Founder of CloudElements
  • Gira Wieczorek: Managing Partner / Co-Founder, Aleberry
  • Gira Wieczorek: Founder
  • Glenn Wisegarver: CEO, Sigma IQ
  • Graciela Perez: Founder & Lean Start Up Coach, Lean Sigma Tech, LLC
  • Ian Lurie: EVP, Clearlink
  • Irina Menn: CEO, Hopela
  • Jake Hite: CTO, Compete to Create
  • James Hu: CEO, Jobscan
  • Janiece Jenkins: Associate, Fenwick & West
  • Janis Machala: Corporate Director, Paladin Partners
  • Jay Goyal: President, Actively Learn
  • Jeff Croft: CRO, Kurvv
  • Jeffrey McIntosh: Founder, McIntosh Tea
  • Jen Haller: Chief of staff, Ascend VC.
  • Jennifer Azapian: Former Venture Partner and Advisor , Loyal VC | Mighty Capital
  • Jeremy Zaretzky: Managing Director, Founder Institute Seattle
  • Jim Poss: CEO, Modifi
  • Joe Bezdek: Co-founder, DivX, Inc.
  • John Borofka: Founder, Walnut+Oak
  • John Kinsella: VP Engineering, Not applicable
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder & CEO, Founder Institute
  • Joseph Horsman: Investor, Madrona
  • Josh Dougherty: Co-Founder & CEO, A Brave New
  • Julian Fung: Solutions Architect, Real Estate Investor, Qualtrics, Avalanche Assets
  • Julie Pham: CEO, CuriosityBased
  • Karin Kidder: Partner, First Row Partners
  • Kate Loose: Investment Director, Capria Ventures
  • Kate Edwards: AWS Startup BD/Co-Founder at Heartbeat , Heartbeat
  • Kathleen Baxley: Interim CFO / Strategic Venture Advisor
  • Ken Kranseler: Managing Director, Kabuki Strategy
  • Ken Horenstein: Founder, GP, Pack Ventures
  • Kevin Yu: Co-founder & CTO, Socedo Inc.
  • Khurram Agha: Founder, Aghaz Investments
  • Lainey Lee: Director, Founder Institute
  • Laura Malcolm: Founder/CEO, Give InKind
  • Levi Velez Reed: Venture Partner, Loyal VC
  • Lisa Fernow: President, Fernow Consulting
  • Madhu Singh: Chief Legal Officer, Foundry Law Group
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief of Strategy, Feral (
  • Mark Landay: Managing Director, Dynamic Synergy
  • Matt Mandell: Principal,
  • Matt Paulin: Founder , zCrowd
  • Matt Rubright: VP of Early and Growth Stage Tech, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Maureen Ezekwugo: Chief Customer Officer, RealSelf
  • Maximilian Von Poelnitz: Investment Director, DSM Venturing
  • Melissa Li: Managing Partner and Head of Community, Dorm Room Fund
  • Michael Goldman: CFO, EN 360 Holdings
  • Mikaela Kiner: CEO & Founder, Reverb
  • Mike Vandenbos
  • Mike Cozart: Angel Investor and Startup Advisor, Relumin
  • Milkana Brace: CEO, Jargon
  • Minda Brusse: Founding Partner, First Row Partners
  • My Le Goel: Founder & CEO, Flight Live, Inc.
  • Nelly Yusupova: Founder,
  • Omi Iyamu: Product Manager, Google Austria
  • Pascha Scott: Partner and Co-founder, VERTETUDE
  • Paul Watt: Global Business Manager, Google
  • Paul Adams: CEO & Founder, Sound Financial Group
  • Peter Leonard: CEO, Meddle
  • Pilar Fernandez Hermida: Founder i-Expand (We help Health Tech companies go global), i-expand
  • Pradeep UN: Founder, CEO, Seerflix Inc
  • Raja Mawad: Founder,
  • Rebecca Lovell: Director, Create33
  • Rob Hillas: Founder, PlainVanilla
  • Robert Le: Director, FI Seattle
  • Rohre Titcomb: COO, Female Founders Alliance
  • Ron Gentile: Founder, Moodfit
  • Ruth Becke: Founder & CEO, Plantmatch
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Ryan Mc Robert: Associate, Fenwick & West
  • Saikiran Chandha: CEO, SciSpace (Formerly
  • Sanjit Singh,
  • Santosh Khare: Founder & CEO, Touchbase, Inc.
  • Scott Weller: President, Radian Labs
  • Shaahin Cheyene: President
  • Shama Keskar, Nickelytics
  • Shilpa Sharma: Co-founder & CEO, Flyte (
  • Sneha Lundia Agrawal: Founder & CEO, Step2Growth
  • Sri Kasam: Director of Engineering, Nfinity
  • Steve Cherewaty: Founder & Creative Director, Abacus
  • Suzanne Mills: Biz Dev & GTM - Retail & Fintech, Stealth Startup
  • Symon Perriman: CEO & Founder, FanWide
  • Tarun Gulati: Founder & CEO, Adios Contemplator
  • Taylor Black: Principal Program Manager, Office of the CTO Incubator , Microsoft
  • Terri Richardson: CEO, Accelerate Consulting Group, LLC
  • Thibaut Labarre: Founding Engineer,
  • Travis Murdock: Executive Vice President, Ruder Finn
  • Vince Bianco: CEO, Advanced Medical Reviews
  • Yoko Okano: Co-founder, First Row Partners

  • And many more to be announced.

Since 2009, Founder Institute’s highly-structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,800 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 100+ countries all across the globe. (see the FI 50 Report here).

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

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


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