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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 2020 program!

If you could use a structured process and feedback from Bogota's top entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Bogota 2020 Founder Institute today.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 185+ 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 4,000 Graduates raise over $900M 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 Gutierrez: CFO y desarrollo de negocios, Brujita Design & Innovation
  • Alejandro Recio: CEO, ARSolutions
  • Alejandro Gonzalez: CEO and Studio Director, Brainz
  • Alejandro Arenas: VP, Inverlink
  • Allan Davis: Managing Partner
  • América Castiblanco: Directora de Emprendimiento, Innpulsa Colombia
  • Ana Maria Ortegón: Socia Gerente, OMAS
  • Ana Maria Sandoval: VP, PayU
  • Andres Umaña Chaux: Director Legal, Microsoft Colombia
  • Andrés Marcucci: Analista, Torrenegra Accelerator
  • Andrés Acero: Coordinador de Innovación, Innpulsa
  • Andres Vejarano Calderon: Socio, Abogado, Director, Invictum Capital, ANDI del Futuro, Kairos
  • Andres Cajiao: Growth Marketing Manager, Torre Labs
  • Andrés Felipe Méndez: Cofounder, Génesis Holding
  • Anfer Molina: CoFounder & CEO, Tuptip
  • Angel Celis Botto: Co-Founder, Liftit
  • Annabelle Angarita: Associate
  • Antonio Faillace: Founder, AuthorsGlobe
  • Augusto Moreno Cepeda: CEO, NOVA Global
  • 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 Lucero: Co-founder and CEO, Lorapp
  • Camilo Gómez: CEO & Founder, SnappyGo
  • Camilo Jimenez: CTO , InstaLeap.io
  • Carl Petter Boehlke: Product and Innovation, Esmoviles
  • Carlos Sierra: Founder & CEO
  • Carlos Ortegon: CEO, Pulsar Technologies Corp
  • Carlos Alberto Sánchez Retiz: Coordinador de Aceleración, Torrenegra Accelerator
  • Carlos Felipe Gutierrez Camacho: Managing Partner & Co-Founder, INVX, SIMMA
  • 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: CEO, Publicize
  • Cristhian Fresen: CEO, Deleyes
  • Cynthia Traeger: CEO
  • Dan Gertsacov: Dan Gertsacov - CEO, Americas Region (Bogota FI)
  • Daniel Otero: CEO and Founder , Muvo
  • Daniel Morales: Daniel Morales, FloresyMas.co
  • Daniel Uribe: CEO, Mentors4U Colombia
  • Daniel Puentes: Associate Founder, Partners Academy
  • Dave Parker: Serial Entrepreneur, 5X Founder, Code Fellows
  • David Carvajal: Founder, Cannvest
  • David Sanchez: Managing Partner, IKON Venture Capital
  • David Diaz: CLC, Mesfix SAS
  • David Camargo: VP of Engineering, InstaLeap.io
  • David Aponte: CEO & Cofounder, Financial Lab & Taxes
  • David Medina
  • David Wilson: Principal, Franklin Advisory
  • Diego Caicedo: CEO, OmniBNK
  • Diego Rodriguez Castillo: Founder - CEO, Linxe
  • Eduardo Maldonado: Co-founder and Board Member, GDX Travel
  • Eduardo Smith, Ideas Through Iris
  • Eduardo Rivera: Director del Capítulo de Emprendimiento Digital y Videojuegos, Fedesoft
  • 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
  • Fabian Esteban Lopez Morales: Emprendedor incansable, GraciaLab
  • Federico Ortega: Sr. Product Manager, Globant
  • Felipe Rivera
  • 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 Orjuela: Head Of Partnerships and Scouting, Wayra
  • Gustavo Marquez: CEO, Athena Inversion de Impacto
  • 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 Quintero: Director de crecimiento, Brujita Design & Innovation
  • Jorge Pena: Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board, OfficeList LLC
  • Jorge Quiroga
  • Jose Diaz: Founder, Workr
  • Jose Ovalle: Investor, StartOp
  • Jose Caparroso: Business reporter & cross-platform coordinator, Forbes
  • José Miguel Velasco: Coordinator of Start-up Acceleration & Expansion, Corporación Ventures
  • Juan Colmenares: Local Leader
  • Juan Salcedo: Co-founder, Zwapp
  • Juan Angarita: Angel Investor & Sales VP, Mi Aguila
  • Juan Carlos Suarez: CEO, Qenta
  • Juan Carlos Martinez: CEO, Ciudaddemascotas.com
  • Juan Carlos Cuesta Quintero: Senior Partner, Cuesta & Asociados Ltda
  • Juan Manuel Lopez: Founder | CEO, A
  • Juan Pablo Alvarez: Country Managing Director, EnvíoClick
  • Juan Sebastian Muñoz: COO, Mesfix SAS
  • Juan Sebastián Muñoz: Commercial Manager, Caltek
  • Juan Sebastián Castrillon: Founder, Estratek
  • Juanita Franky: Open Innovation Propiedad intelectual, Banco Davivienda
  • Juanita Esguerra: Abogada Senior, Sodexo
  • Julian Torres: Julian, FitPal
  • Julian Melo: CEO, UBITS
  • 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: Gerente de Expansión, Sociedad Operadora de Franquicias Colombia
  • 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 Robles: CTO, Mesfix SAS
  • Manuel Jimenez: COO, Aflore
  • Manuela Sánchez Villamarín: Co-founder & Growth, Laika
  • Marcela Palacio: Partner, CMC Abogados
  • Maria Camila Gonzalez: CEO, Sarta SAS
  • Maria Isabela Munoz Col Capital: Directora Ejecutiva, Col Capital
  • Maria Paula Murcia: Directora, TopCruiters
  • Mariana Velásquez: Founder - CEO, Branddu
  • 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
  • Nicolás Poveda: CEO & CoFounder , Lici/Mátic_
  • Nicolas Vergara: CEO, Brujita Design & Innovation
  • Nicolas Contreras: CEO, PappCorn
  • Nima Pourshasb: Founder & CEO, FormaFina
  • Omar Calvo: Advisor and Investor, Liftit, Cabify, and Bakana Labs
  • Pablo Ramirez: CEO y Founder, Litmoi
  • Pablo Navarro: Managing Partner, Macondo Venture Partners
  • 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
  • Ricardo Mejia B.: Co-Founder, PappCorn
  • Salua García Fakih: COO & Cofounder, Symplifica
  • Santiago Aparicio, FitPal
  • Santiago Rojas: Local Leader
  • Santiago Garzón: CTO, StartOp
  • Santiago Suarez: CEO & Partner, Addi & YCombinator
  • Sebastián Jaramillo: LATAM Commercial Director, Rappi
  • Sebastian Caro: CEO, Tocaro Capital
  • Serge Kruppa: Senior Director of Engineering, VoIP and GM Latin America, LiveVox, Inc.
  • Sergio Vergara: Director de diseño y cofundador, Brujita Design & Innovation
  • Sergio Zuñiga: Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, BBVA Colombia
  • Sergio Espinosa Rivera: CTIO, Akadia Life
  • 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.
  • Valentina Giraldo Henao: Founder, LaValentina Design
  • 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 2020 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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