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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 GCC program!

If you could use a structured process and a lifetime of support from GCC's top investors and entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the GCC 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 GCC, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs:

GCC Events:

  • Building a Startup With No Tech Background: 8:00pm, Mar 12, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • Fireside Conversation with Vera Futorjanski (Veritas Ventures): 8:00pm, Mar 26, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • Pitch Your Startup Idea to GCC Investors & Experts (Online): 8:00pm, Apr 02, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):

Global or Regional Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Why Corporate Innovation Is Failing: Rethinking Strategies for Success: 10:00pm, Mar 06, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • How to Tackle the Gender Gap in Funding: Facts & Initiatives from Investors: 9:00pm, Mar 11, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • How to Drive B2B Sales Growth with LinkedIn & Social Selling : 9:00pm, Mar 18, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • How to Optimize Fundraising Efforts through Strategic Marketing Techniques : 9:00pm, Mar 20, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • Crafting a Compelling Pitch: Secrets to Capturing Investors’ Interest: 9:00pm, Mar 25, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • Pitch Lounge: Get Feedback on Your 1-Minute Pitch Idea from Startup Experts: 9:00pm, Apr 03, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • How Early-Stage AI Startups Will Fix Global Problems: 9:00pm, Apr 10, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):
  • Building a Fundable Start-up Brand: 9:00pm, May 20, 2024 (Asia/Muscat):

The GCC program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Ayhan K. Isaacs (Head of Global Growth, Founder Institute), Carmen Mateos ( Innovation Senior Manager, GELLIFY Middle East), Dr. Hanan El Basha (Founder & CEO, The Business Doctor & The Global Businesswomen), FI GCC (-, -), Katie Mapondera (Founder & Managing Director, Q L and D LLC), Sameer Sortur (Founder & CEO , SquareCircle Ventures).

In addition, some of GCC'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 GCC Founder Institute includes:

* Abdellah Aouf * Adrian Cernautan * Ayhan K. Isaacs * Benjamin Stacey * Bianca Gracias * Brian Proffitt * Briar Prestidge * Chris Foltz * Dr. Hanan El Basha * Dr. Rakesh Bhatia * Jean Luc  Scherer * Jonathan Greechan * Katie Mapondera * Krastina Zhivkova * Luisa Baltazar * Mara Rada * Maria Paula Oliveira * Michael Jay * Nadia Al-Banna, PHD, MBA * Neeti Virmani * Padmini Gupta * Roman Kovalenko * Ryan Micheletti * Scott Gillespie * Shaima Ghafoor * Tarun Gulati * ThankGod Egbe * Vera Futorjanski * Yemi Oluseun * Yusra Ali Khan

  • And many more to be announced.

Join us in GCC to build a great company in 2024. 

Apply to the GCC Spring 2024 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  

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