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Today, the Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Bogota Fall 2019 program!

If you could use a structured process and feedback from Bogota's top entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Bogota Fall 2019 Founder Institute today.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 180+ cities worldwide, the Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structure needed to build an enduring company. Since 2009, the program has helped over 3,500 Graduates raise over $800M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

To celebrate the launch, we will host several free startup events in Bogota, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program:

The Bogota program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Carlos Ortegon (CEO, Pulsar Technologies Corp), Diego Rodriguez(Growth Marketer, Laika), Jose Chavez (LatAm Project Manager - Revenue, Rappi), and Mads Petersen (VP of Products, OmniBnk).

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

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Agustin Pelaez: CEO, Ubidots
  • Alan Colmenares: Cofounder and CEO, Zwapp
  • Alejandro Arenas: VP, Inverlink
  • Alejandro Recio: CEO, ARSolutions
  • Alejandro Gonzalez: CEO and Studio Director, Brainz
  • Alejandro Gutierrez: CFO y desarrollo de negocios, Brujita Design & Innovation
  • Allan Davis: Managing Partner
  • América Castiblanco: Directora de Emprendimiento, Innpulsa Colombia
  • Ana Maria Sandoval: VP, PayU
  • Andres Vejarano Calderon: Socio, Abogado, Director, Invictum Capital, ANDI del Futuro, Kairos
  • Andres Cajiao: Growth Marketing Manager, Torre Labs
  • Andrés Marcucci: Analista, Torrenegra Accelerator
  • Andrés Acero: Coordinador de Innovación, Innpulsa
  • Andres Umaña Chaux: Director Legal, Microsoft Colombia
  • Andrés Felipe Méndez: Cofounder, Génesis Holding
  • Andrew Lee: CEO, Esper
  • Anfer Molina: CoFounder & CEO, Tuptip
  • Angel Celis Botto: Co-Founder, Liftit
  • Annabelle Angarita: Associate
  • Antonio Faillace: Founder, AuthorsGlobe
  • Augusto Moreno Cepeda: Vicepresidente - Co-founder, Emerging Group - Incube
  • Beatriz Trujillo: Head of Strategy, Kairos Latam
  • Brian Requarth: CEO, Co-Founder, VivaReal, Inc
  • Brian Reale: Brian Reale - Co-founder and CEO, Colosa, Inc. (Bogotá FI), Colosa, Inc.
  • Camilo Jimenez: CTO , InstaLeap
  • Camilo Gómez: CEO & Founder, SnappyGo
  • Camilo Lucero: Co-founder and CEO, Lorapp
  • Camilo Martinez: Cofundador y CEO en Leal | Fundador Impulse Travel, Leal
  • Carl Petter Boehlke: Product and Innovation, Esmoviles
  • Carlos Ortegon: CEO, Pulsar Technologies Corp
  • Carlos Sierra: Founder & CEO
  • Carlos Alberto Sánchez Retiz: Coordinador de Aceleración, Torrenegra Accelerator
  • Carlos Felipe Gutierrez Camacho: Finance Manager and Co-Founder, Wayra, INVX
  • Carlos Ivan Zubieta Leon: Cto & founder Agrapp, Agrapp
  • Catalina Girald: Founder, Moxsie.com
  • Chad Smalley: CEO, Guia Media
  • Charlie Cliff: CTO, Omni Bank
  • Christian Daube, Torrenegra Accelerator
  • Clara Cardona: CEO, VOICE FEELING S.A.S
  • Conrad Egusa: Founder, Brownstein & Egusa
  • Cristhian Fresen: CEO, Deleyes
  • Cynthia Traeger: CEO
  • Dan Gertsacov: Dan Gertsacov - CEO, Americas Region (Bogota FI)
  • Daniel Puentes: Associate Founder, Partners Academy
  • Daniel Uribe: CEO, Mentors4U Colombia
  • Daniel Morales: Daniel Morales, FloresyMas.co
  • Daniel Otero: CEO and Founder , Muvo
  • Dave Parker: Serial Entrepreneur, 5X Founder, Code Fellows
  • David Medina
  • David Wilson: Board Member, InSITE Venture Capital
  • David Aponte: CEO & Cofounder, Financial Lab & Taxes
  • David Diaz: CLC, Mesfix SAS
  • David Camargo: Head of Engineering, InstaLeap
  • David Sanchez: Managing Partner, IKON Venture Capital
  • Diego Caicedo: CEO, OmniBNK
  • Eduardo Rivera: Director del Capítulo de Emprendimiento Digital y Videojuegos, Fedesoft
  • Eduardo Smith, Ideas Through Iris
  • Eduardo Maldonado: Co-founder and Board Member, GDX Travel
  • Edwin Zácipa: LatAm's Top 17 Fintech Influencer / Mobilizer in the Fintech ecosystem of Colombia / Fintech Maker, Colombia Fintech
  • Elodie Senatore: CEO, Heraclea
  • Enrique Pons: Founder, Talago & Fincruit
  • Esteban Mancuso: Managing Partner, Velum Ventures SAS
  • Federico Ortega: Sr. Product Manager, Globant
  • Felipe Santamaria: Managing Director, Rockstart Colombia
  • Fernando Sierra: Co-founder, Invictum Capital
  • Francisco Garcia: Co-Founder and CTO, Datatraffic SAS
  • Gabe Zichermann: CEO, Failosophy
  • Gary Gaessler: VP Sales, Nventify
  • George Vargas Garcia: Gerente - Capital de Inversion & Fondos, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional
  • Gregorio Marquez: Director, InQlab
  • Guido Becher: CEO, Netactica
  • Gustavo Marquez: CEO, Athena Inversion de Impacto
  • Gustavo Orjuela: Head Of Partnerships and Scouting, Wayra
  • Hans Christian Boehlke: Commercial Director, Celumania.com
  • Ian Haet: CEO and Co-Founder, Startup Stock Exchange
  • J Vélez: CEO, Pagosonline
  • Jairo Camilo Gonzalez: Líder unidad de startup - Vicepresidencia de Innovación del Grupo Bolívar, Grupo Bolivar
  • Janeth López: Marketing Director, Emerging Capital
  • Javier Cardona: Co Founder & CEO, 1DOC3
  • Jean Bernier: CEO y Founder, Bernier Group
  • Jeff Stewart: Founder & CEO, Lenddo
  • Jennifer Timm: Head of Consulting, Agora Partnerships
  • Jeronimo Silva: Director Ejecutivo , BICTIA
  • John Freddy Vega Forero: Founder & CEO, Platzi
  • Jorge Quiroga
  • Jorge Pena: Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board, OfficeList LLC
  • Jorge Quintero: Director de crecimiento, Brujita Design & Innovation
  • Jose Ovalle: Investor, StartOp
  • Juan Salcedo: Co-founder, Zwapp
  • Juan Colmenares: Local Leader
  • Juan Carlos Cuesta Quintero: Senior Partner, Cuesta & Asociados Ltda
  • Juan Carlos Martinez: CEO, Ciudaddemascotas.com
  • Juan Manuel Lopez: Founder | CEO, a
  • Juan Sebastián Muñoz: Commercial Manager, Caltek
  • Juan Sebastian Muñoz: COO, Mesfix SAS
  • Juanita Esguerra: Abogada Senior, Sodexo
  • Julian Melo: CEO, UBITS
  • Julian Torres: Julian, FitPal
  • Karen Barrera: Head of service, OMD Sancho
  • Khaliq Yar Haidary: CEO, Netzone, Ltd.
  • Laurids Refslund: Director of Expansion, BodyTech
  • Leidy Cuestas: CEO, KitSmile
  • Leonardo Suárez Ruíz: Partner, Torrenegra Labs
  • Luis Flórez: Manager Dynamic Entrepreneurship, Innpulsa Colombia
  • Luis Enrique García De Brigard: C.E.O., Off Bound Adventures
  • Luis Felipe Giraldo: Angel Investor, Grandes Patrimonios Family Office
  • Luis Naranjo Duplat: CMO - Growth Hacker, Kairos
  • Mads Schmidt Petersen: Local Leader
  • Maika Hoekman: Director, Torre Social
  • Maira Betancur: Jefe de Investigación y Patentes, Grupo Bolivar
  • Manuel Jimenez: COO, Aflore
  • Manuel Robles: CTO, Mesfix SAS
  • Marcela Palacio: Partner, CMC Abogados
  • Maria Camila Gonzalez: CEO, Sarta SAS
  • Maria Isabela Munoz Col Capital: Directora Ejecutiva, Col Capital
  • Maria Paula Murcia: Directora, E-hunters
  • Mariano Doncel M.: Business Accelerator Leader and Professor of EAN University , Universidad EAN
  • Martin Schrimpff: Business Development Director, Pagosonline
  • Matteo Cera: CEO, Hogaru.com
  • Mauricio Bejarano: Chief Strategy Officer/Board Member, ZIO Studios
  • Michael Puscar: Founder, Grupo Internacional de Technología de Punta
  • Nick Aldridge: CEO, Kogi Mobile S.A.S.
  • Nico Perez: Co-Founder, mixcloud.com
  • Nicolas Contreras: CEO, Pappcorn
  • Nicolas Vergara: CEO, Brujita Design & Innovation
  • Nicolás Poveda: CEO & CoFounder , Lici/Mátic_
  • Nima Pourshasb: Founder & CEO, FormaFina
  • Omar Calvo: Advisor and Investor, Liftit, Cabify, and Bakana Labs
  • Pablo Navarro: Managing Partner, Macondo Venture Partners
  • Pablo Ramirez: CEO y Founder, Litmoi
  • Paula Barrientos: Partner, InQlab
  • Peter Ostroske: Founder, Ofi.com.co
  • Rafael Tihanyi: Digital Transformation, Organización Corona
  • Raíssa De Mello João: Cofounder & CEO, Vaki
  • Ranjith Kumaran: Founder, PunchTab
  • Salua Garcia: CSO & Coofounder, Symplifica
  • Santiago Suarez: CEO & Partner, Addi & YCombinator
  • Santiago Garzón: CTO, StartOp
  • Santiago Aparicio, FitPal
  • Santiago Rojas: Local Leader
  • Sebastian Caro: CEO, Tocaro Capital
  • Serge Kruppa: Senior Director of Engineering, VoIP and GM Latin America, LiveVox, Inc.
  • Sergio Zuñiga: Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, BBVA Colombia
  • Sergio Vergara: Director de diseño y cofundador, Brujita Design & Innovation
  • Silvia De La Torre: CTO, GDX Travel
  • Ted Alling: Partner , Lamp Post Group
  • Thomas Floracks: CXO, Co Founder, VivaReal
  • Tyler Crowley: Tyler Crowley - Founder & CEO, Skweal (Paris FI), Skweal
  • Vagn Knudsen: Co-Founder, Linio Colombia S.A.S.
  • William Duran: Investment Director, Enter Capital
  • Wim Vernaeve: Co-founder, Green Park Investment Partners
  • Ziv Gillat: Co-Founder, Eye-Fi & Forq

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute focuses on helping tech or tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with just ideas. FI's mission is to create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Join us in Bogota to build a great company in 2019. 

Apply to the Bogota Fall 2019 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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