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The Founder Institute, the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Washington DC Fall 2024 program!

If you could use a structured process and a lifetime of support from Washington DC's top investors and entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Washington DC Fall 2024 Founder Institute today.

Since 2009, our highly-structured accelerator programs have helped entrepreneurs at the earliest stages grow quickly, know what to do next, and make connections with the largest community of startup advisors.

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. 

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free online startup events in Washington DC, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs:

Washington DC Events:

  • FI Washington DC Fall 2024 Graduation: Meet the 10 New Portfolio Companies: 7:00pm, Jul 17, 2024 (America/New_York):

Global or Regional Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 8:00pm, Jul 15, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Ask an Investor Anything: Q&A with Vinnie Lauria (MP of Golden Gate Ventures): 12:00pm, Jul 17, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Innovation Series: Innovations In Startup Fundraising: 12:00pm, Jul 18, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 8:00pm, Jul 22, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • How to Build a Personal Brand: The Startup Founders Guide to Thought Leadership: 1:00pm, Jul 24, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas : 1:00pm, Jul 29, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Key Lessons for Entrepreneurs from ‘Lost & Founder’ Author and Moz & SparkToro Founder, Rand Fishkin: 2:00pm, Jul 31, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 8:00pm, Aug 05, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • How to Achieve Product-Market Fit: Insights from Seedstars: 1:00pm, Aug 07, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 1:00pm, Aug 12, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • The Startup Founder’s Guide to Building AI Products Quickly & Easily : 1:00pm, Aug 14, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 8:00pm, Sep 09, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 1:00pm, Sep 16, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 1:00pm, Sep 23, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 8:00pm, Oct 14, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder : 1:00pm, Nov 04, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 8:00pm, Nov 18, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 8:00pm, Nov 25, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 1:00pm, Dec 04, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 1:00pm, Dec 09, 2024 (America/New_York):
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 1:00pm, Dec 16, 2024 (America/New_York):

The Washington DC program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Brian Bassett (Director, Simple Thread), Guc Ozenci ( Managing Partner, ConnectOp Consulting).

In addition, some of Washington DC's top investors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs will be participating in the program, providing them with expert feedback and evaluation. The list of startup mentors for the Washington DC Founder Institute includes:

  • Abdellah Aouf: Chief Executive Officer, GO PLATFORM
  • Abid Masood: Founder, Buddio
  • Alan Wilson: Cofounder, Tripwire Interactice
  • Alan Ocana: Founder & CEO, Consolhub and BBC CARGO
  • Allan Wilson: Founder & Managing Director, Flat Rock Solutions
  • Allyson Redpath: Board Member, Westchester Land Trust
  • Amelia Friedman: Co-founder, Hatch
  • Andres Jordan: Founder, Factor6, LLC
  • Angela Long: Managing Director & Brand Strategist, Brand Wagon Digital
  • Angela Olanike Akinbohun: Founder, Inventor, Pandora 21 Consultants
  • Anne Rosenblum: Business Investment and Capital Attraction Manager, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • Anuj Agrawal: Chief Marketing Officer, Earth Networks
  • Arcui Usoara: Founder/CEO, Iaculus
  • Ario Keshani: Startup Advisor, AWS
  • Ashtan Moore: Co-Founder, Model B
  • Aydin Bolkar: VP of International Operations,
  • Benjamin Young: CEO, Sworkit
  • Beulah Toth, Obvious
  • Bill Stokes: Founder & Chairman, Washington Network Group (WNG)
  • Bo Wang: Vice President, Juggernaut Capital Partners
  • Brant Cooper: Author | CEO | Founder, Moves the Needle
  • Brent Halliburton: Brent Halliburton - VP of Products, Verve Wireless (Washington DC FI) , Verve Wireless
  • Brian Bassett: Director, Simple Thread
  • Brian Childress: Architect, Technical Advisor, Calendly
  • Bryan Duarte: Managing Partner, BlackTech Capital
  • Cameron Powell: CEO + Partner, High Performance Story + Gregor Wynne Arney PLLC
  • Carlos De Paula: Founder & Managing Director, Acadia Partners
  • C. Derek Campbell: CEO, Blue Holding Oceans
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Chris Haug: Founder and CEO, 360° Venture Management Group
  • Christie Thompson: Partner, Campfire & Co.
  • Christopher Wink: Publisher and CEO , Technically Media
  • Christopher Rogers: Partner, Lumia Capital
  • C'pher Gresham: Founder, Front Row
  • Cq Huynh: Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs
  • Craig Snodgrass
  • Cynthia Gilmer
  • Dan Hnatkovskyy: CEO and Co-Founder, Propertymate
  • Dan Myers: Co-Founder & Partner, 42Phi Ventures
  • Daniel Kroepfl: Vice President, TELE Controls Inc.
  • Daniel Shires: Consultant, Independent
  • Danielle Tate: Founder & CEO, & Elegant Entrepreneur
  • Dave Mc Carthy: Executive Director, Potential Energy DC
  • Dave Hall: CEO, DLH Technology Advisors
  • Dave Feldman: Executive Director, Bethesda Green
  • David Giannini: Chairman and CEO, Cirrusworks, Inc.
  • David Roberts: CEO, Anovium
  • Debra Cancro: SVP Data Products, Bigtincan
  • Don Samoil: Managing Partner, Trusted Scale
  • Ed Harrell: Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners LLC
  • Ed English: Chief Product Officer, Higher Logic
  • Elizabeth B-Amissah
  • Ellis Rosenberg: Vice President, Sales, WellDoc, Inc
  • Emily McMahan: Partner, Academy Investor Network
  • Eric Koefoot: Founder & CEO, PublicRelay, Inc.
  • Erna Redzepagic: Social Impact Accelerator, Halcyon
  • Esmael Dinan: Founder & CEO, Offino
  • Eylem Senyuz: Director, Truist Wealth
  • Frances Reimers: Principal , Firestarter
  • Franklin Kamnang Ngansop: Cofounder , Vitamin C&S Coaching (
  • Fred Cohen: Founder and CEO, Angel to Exit
  • Frederic Gumbinner: Managing Partner , G2 Development Partners
  • Gabriela Oporto: Founder, Selia
  • Geneviève Nixon-Weems: Founder and CEO, Geneviève Global
  • Gira Wieczorek: Managing Partner / Co-Founder, Aleberry
  • Guc Ozenci: Tech-Entrepreneur | Mentor | Director | Investor, Founder Institute
  • Guillermo Ortiz De Zarate: President, Lineup Teams
  • Gül Branco: People and Culture Transformation Leader, Branco Development Group
  • Hank Yuan: Venture Partner, VU Ventures | , Venture Associate, Republic
  • Hannah Kim: Shwappe, Founder & CEO
  • Hatice Murphy: Director, Infuze International
  • Henry Hunter: ceo, Incidr
  • Hooman Kazerani: Sr VP, ICF
  • Howard Eisenberg: Founder , EuroSort
  • Isabel Pablo: Founder, GK Innovations Lab
  • Iskender Uguz: Head of Small Business Lending and Decision Sciences, Capital One
  • Jamil Ramsey: Founder and CEO, Snap Contacts
  • Jamil Wyne: Co-Founder, Riffle Ventures
  • Jeb Ory: Startup Advisory (exited founder), N/A
  • Joe Daniels: Partner, Co-Chair - Emerging Companies, Partner & Co-Chair, Emerging Companies Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • Johan Holmberg: Senior Associate, Second Century Ventures
  • John Holaday: Chairman and CEO, DisposeRx Inc.
  • Jomy Methipara: Business and intellectual property (IP) Attorney, Dickinson Wright
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder & CEO, Founder Institute
  • Josh Rosenthal: Founder & CEO, CloudSploit
  • Joshua M Frankel: VP of Marketing, LogicBoost Labs
  • June W Choi: Managing Partner, Serval Ventures
  • Justin Etheredge: Partner, Simple Thread
  • Kaitlin Capobianco: Senior Manager, Fellow Community and Recruitment , Halcyon
  • Kathie Brady: CEO Group Chair, Vistage
  • Keith Segerson: CEO, P3 Innovation Strategies
  • Ken Gordon: Co-founder and CEO, VALR
  • Kevin Fulmer: Director, Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Kiki Ramsey: Founder, Kiki Ramsey International
  • Kuzeyhan Ozdemir: Lean Startup Mentor, Founder Institute
  • Kyle Brown: Founder - CEO
  • Laura Clark: VP, Brand Development , MeatMe Pet Food
  • Laura Shibut: Program Manager, Lighthouse Labs RVA
  • Leena Palav: Board Member, Strategy Advisor, COO, -med devices, health tech, consumer products, robotics
  • Leonardo Garcia: Senior IoT & 5G Solutions Consultant, AT&T
  • Lisa Friedlander: Founder Board Member, Citrine Angels
  • Lisa Garcia: Business Commercialization Consultant and Coach, Lisa K. Garcia, LLC
  • Liz Sara: Managing Director, Best Marketing, LLC
  • Liz Ward: Head, Zebox America
  • Liza Rodewald: Co-founder, Instant Teams
  • Loni Faraci: Director of Product , Co-Star
  • Mali Phonpadith: CEO/Founder, SOAR Community Network
  • Marc Trost: Founder, M&T CPA PLLC
  • Marco Rubin: Senior Investment Director, VIPC
  • Marcos Filho: Full-time MBA student, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
  • Mark Kass: Senior Counsel , Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Mark Phinick: Founder, Let's Make It Rain
  • Mashea Ashton: Founder and CEO , Digital Pioneers Academy
  • Matt Mandell: Principal,
  • Matt Hanson: Co-Founder, PAX Momentum
  • Maura O'brien Ali: CEO and Managing Director, American Growth Solutions
  • Max Kryzhanovskiy: President, MOS Creative
  • Melissa Akkaway: Partner, The Particulars
  • Michael Riemer: Advisor, ABJJ Consulting
  • Michelle Pham: Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Mirza Baig: Partner, Aldrich Capital Partners
  • Murat Karabulut: Senior Solutions Architect
  • Nadine Zerrini: Director, Founder Institute Boston
  • Naresh Verma: Analyst - Mentor - Coach - Product Design, Data Visualization, Yoova
  • Natcha Thawesaengskulthai: Global Chief Innovation Officer, Chulalongkorn University
  • Navroop Mitter: CEO, ArmorText
  • Neil Kleinberg, DiliVer
  • Neil Shah: Founder & CEO, ThinkNimble
  • Nick Rajpara: Economic Development Specialist, SBA
  • Nicola Corzine: Executive Director , Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
  • Nii Simmonds: Global Advisor, The Knowledge Pledge
  • Nimish Jalan: COO, Big Red Group
  • Nitin Pradhan: Founder and CEO , ScaleUP
  • Noah Wallach: Founder, Hope OS
  • Olivier Meganck: Founder & CEO,
  • Onur Kutlu Gago: Founder & Growth Coach, Tale
  • Patrick Bryant: CEO, CODE/+/TRUST
  • Patty Simonton: Strategic Initiatives Manager, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
  • Paul Singh: Chief Hustler, Results Junkies
  • Peter Ettinger
  • Pierre Gomez: Program Manager, Systems and Technology Research (STR)
  • Rajesh Rai: Partner, Montane Ventures
  • Rajiv Madhok: Founder, Oorja
  • Ram Boreda: VP, Egnyte
  • Randy Reade: Co-founder, Washington ArchAngels
  • Richard Rothstein: CEO, Rothstein Consulting
  • Rohan Mayhem: Co-Founder, RoadPitch
  • Rokas Beresniovas: Head of Growth, Commercial and Small Business Leading, NIH Federal Credit Union
  • Ronit Avni: Founder , Just Vision
  • Rosemarie Truman: Founder and CEO, Ignite Social Impact
  • Sam Feigi: Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Sameer Sortur: Founding Partner, SquareCircle Ventures
  • Sammy Popat: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Catalyst, University of Maryland
  • Sandeep Aneja: Founder & Managing Partner, Kaizenvest
  • Sandy Vasan: Founder ,
  • Sanjay Prasad: Founder/ CEO, SurgiPrice/ SurgiConnect
  • Sarah Bassett: Research Director , US. House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services (minority-side staff)
  • Sean Makulowich: Founder/CEO, IdeaFire™
  • Seema Alexander: CEO, Disruptive CEO Advisory
  • Sever Totia: Partner, 3TS Capital Partners
  • Shahed Amanullah: Managing Director, Frost Capital
  • Shani Peled: Founder & Managing Partner, TechnoArt
  • Simon Okeke: CEO, Jet Star Logistics
  • Şirin Köprücü: Principal, Strategic Straits
  • Solomon Asad: Principal, SSCP
  • Spencer Hansen: Director of User Experience & Design, Simple Thread
  • Sriram Gollapalli: Managing Director, Long Angle
  • Stanley Mc Chrystal: Founder , McChrystal Group
  • Stephen Lehman: Chairman and CEO , CoFounders Lab
  • Stephen DiLorenzo: Partner, Carter, DeLuca & Farrell LLP
  • Steve Ryan: Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Steven A. Rodriguez: Venture Catalyst, STVNRCO
  • Sumit Saraf: Managing Partner, IHQ Ventures LLC
  • The Bob Kolodney, HBS Alumni Angels
  • Tien Wong: Founder and CEO, Lore
  • Tolga Vural: Partner, Aegean Associates
  • Tom Smith: Co-founder, Truss
  • Tony Amer: Managing Partner, TRANSFORMity
  • Tovit Neizer: Chief Storyteller, Yellow Bricks
  • Tyrone Taylor: President, Capitol Advisors on Technology, Former NASA Director
  • Ufuk Demirci: Global Head, Venture Funds, IFC
  • Vikram Dhawan: Founder & CEO, KnoetiK Solutions Inc.,
  • Wa'il Ashshowwaf: Co-Founder & CEO, Unstuck Labs
  • Wayne Lifshitz: Sr Director, Chemonics
  • Yemi Oluseun: Growth & GTM For FinTechs, The Change Hive
  • YouMon Tsang: Founder and CEO, ChurnZero
  • Yvonne Quahe: Trainer, Facilitator, Coach and Author, WBFN
  • Zac Blanco: Senior Manager, Keiter

  • And many more to be announced.

Join us in Washington DC to build a great company in 2024. 

Apply to the Washington DC Fall 2024 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  

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