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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 Sydney Autumn 2020 program!

If you could use a structured process and support from Sydney's top investors and entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Sydney Autumn 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 devoted support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding. Since 2009, the program has helped over  4,000 Alumni raise over $900M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

Alumni from Founder Institute programs in Australia include some of the continent's fastest growing companies. Read more about the success of Founder Institute Alumni in Australia in this Impact Report.

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

The Sydney program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Benjamin ChongChris ClarkPaul KrajewskiPhoebe Zhang (Ambassador, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center).

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

  • Adam Long: Chief Growth Officer, Humanitix & CEO @
  • Adelina Lalic: Co-founder, Kiddsbay
  • Adeline Chu: Entrepreneur-in-Residence, BlueChilli
  • Aivee Robinson: Co-Founder, Catalyser
  • Alan Arnott: Technology Lawyer, Arnott Technology Lawyers
  • Albert Bielinko: Venture / growth investor, Telstra Ventures
  • Alec Lynch: Managing Director, DesignCrowd
  • Alexander Le: CEO, Horwood Associates
  • Alissa Cronau: Founder, Maven Music
  • Allan Lalic: Co-founder, Kebloom
  • Alli Varnes: Co-Founder & CEO, JobGetter
  • Amanda Suefong: GM Customer Experience & Communications, Greencross
  • Andrea Gardiner: Founder & CEO, Jelix Ventures
  • Andrew Rogers: Managing Director, Anchor
  • Andrew Campbell: Co-founder, goCatch
  • Andrey Shirben: Founding Partner, Follow[the]Seed
  • Andy Welsh: CIO, Booking Boss
  • Andy Edwards: Founder and CEO, GeoSnapShot
  • Angela Kwan: Co-founder, Catalyser & Board Member HaymarketHQ
  • Anna Cheng: Head of Growth, Curious Thing AI
  • Anna Robson: Co-Founder & CEO, Refugee & Migrant Talent
  • Anne Moore: Work Futurist. Creator of Now to Next: Frames for the New Way We Work, Ex-CEO, Plando
  • Anne Marie Elias: Lab Director, wellbeing/social impact accelerator
  • Ari Klinger: Partner, Right Click Capital
  • Ashton Bishop: CEO , Step Change
  • Aston Domes: Lawyer, General Standards
  • Ben Reid: Co-Founder, Crave (Entrepreneur in Residence, Remarkable)
  • Ben Pecotich: Design & Innovation Director / Founder, Dynamic4
  • Benjamin Chong: Partner, Right Click Capital
  • Brent Clark: CEO & Founder, Wattblock
  • Brian Menzies: VP, Commercial Development, Vast Solar
  • Bridget Loudon: CEO, Expert360
  • Bronwen Kaspers: Head of People, Performance and Culture, Employment Innovations | Founder of SuperHireo
  • Campbell Unsworth
  • Caroline Lepron: CEO & Founder, Skoutli
  • Cate Hull: Managing Director, FreightExchange
  • Cheryl Mack: NSW State Manager, ACS The Professional Association for Australia's ICT sector. Startup Mentor/Advisor
  • Chloe Sesta Jacobs: Head of People & Culture (APAC), Deputy
  • Chris Clark: Co-Founder, Spark Festival
  • Christian Stevens: Chief Financial Officer, Tramada Systems
  • Claudia Barriga Larrivere: Head of People, BlueChilli
  • Colette Grgic: Chief Innovation Officer, BlueChilli Group
  • Colin Weir: Founder/CEO, Moroku
  • Dane Eldridge: CEO, 4mation Technologies
  • Daniel Ringrose: Business Coach, Future Results
  • Danny Adams: Founder, GoFar
  • Dave Tong: Co-founder, Employment Hero
  • David Kenney: Partner, Hall Chadwick
  • David Jones: Founder, StreetHawk
  • David Siegel: Strategy Executive, Step Change
  • David Theodorou: CEO, Black Nova Group and Experience Digital. & CTO Goanna Group
  • Dean Mc Evoy: Non Executive Director, Investor and Adviser, TechSydney
  • Debra Taylor: Non Executive Director, Stone and Chalk
  • Dominic Bressan: CEO, AirService
  • Eitan Bienstock: Managing Director, Sigma Ventures and Founder at Everything IoT
  • Elie Wehbe: Founder, Wiso Global
  • Elizabeth Zealand
  • Elizabeth Kaelin: Head of Client Experience, Terem Technologies
  • Elke Keeley: Co-Founder; Co-CEO, UrbanYou
  • Evan Wong: CEO, Checkbox.AI
  • Garry Visontay: General Partner, Right Click Capital
  • Graham Christie: Co-Founder, CX360, BEERLOVE
  • Ian Gardiner: Startup business development, Amazon Web Services
  • Ilter Dumduz: Co-founder, Blys
  • Jack Qi: Director, William Buck
  • James Taylor: Founder and CEO, Particular Audience
  • Jared Kristensen: Co-founder, Audience Republic
  • Jeff Perlman: CEO, OneSaas
  • Jeffrey Cooper: General Manager, Step Change
  • Jenna Leo: CEO and Co Founder, Home Care Heroes
  • Jessica Sarkis: Creator, The Animo Affect
  • Joanne Jacobs: Co-CEO, Disruptor's Handbook
  • Jonathan Barouch: Founder and CEO, Roamz
  • Jonathan Lui: Co-Founder & COO, AirTasker
  • Jonathan Chak: Senior Advisor, Client Engagement - Startup Team, Jobs for NSW (Govt)
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder, Founder Institute
  • Jonathon Wilkinson: Co-founder, Equitise
  • Julia French: Managing Director, Founders for Founders
  • Justus Hammer: MR, Axis7
  • Kate Clugston: Director of Content & Coaching, StartSomeGood
  • Katherine Maree Pace: Founder, ELANATION &
  • Kathryn Apte: Investor/Mentor, Startmate, Previously Chief Marketing Officer Americas, Xero
  • Keyvan Kasaei: CTO, Tell Me Group
  • Kurt Falkenstein: Founder, General Standards
  • Kylie Frazer: Co Founder & Partner, Eleanor Venture
  • Lauren Fried: Managing Director, Pulse Marketing
  • Lisa Rubinstein: Board Chair & Co Founder, Fund to Fly
  • Maria Mac Namara: Director, PORTAL Ideas
  • Marta Higuera: Co-founder,
  • Matt Trustrum: Investor, Mindconnect
  • Matt Allen: Partner, Startmate, Previously Chief Marketing Officer Americas, Xero
  • Matthew Browne: CEO & Co-Founder, @Donesafe, Co-Founder @Whispli, Investor @Black Nova Group etc
  • Maz Zaman: Head of Sales, Macrovue & Founder,
  • Megan Donnelley: Senior Product Manager , Fusion Labs
  • Michelle Moffatt: Director, ISACA
  • Murray Hurps: Director of Entrepreneurship, University of Technology Sydney
  • Neil Roodyn: Director, nsquared solutions
  • Neil Smith
  • Nick Pachos: Head of Product & Carrier, AAPT
  • Nicola Farrell: Program Manager, muru-D
  • Nicola Rushton: Product designer & lean user researcher,
  • Nicole Kersh: Former MD - 4Cabling, Current Founder - The Content Folk
  • Noga Edelstein: Director, SBE Australia
  • Paul Ford: Director, King Content
  • Paul Chan: CEO, pureprofile
  • Paul Krajewski: Co-Director, Founder Institute Sydney & Sr. Product Manager
  • Paul Wenck: Managing Director, Chair Checkbox
  • Pete Cooper: Founder, The Start Society
  • Peter Browne: Owner, Intangible Communications
  • Phoebe Zhang: Ambassador, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
  • Rachel White: RachelCFO, Self Employed
  • Rayn Ong: Director, Ong Heng Investments
  • Rebecca Watts: Venture Analyst, Right Click Capital (VC)
  • Rebekah Campbell: CEO, Posse
  • Renee Welsh: CEO, Booking Boss
  • Richard Druce: Co-Founder, Y-Receipts
  • Riley Batchelor
  • Robert Kinkade: Co-Founder , CX360, BEERLOVE
  • Rod Bishop: CEO, Jayride
  • Rui Rodrigues: Managing Partner, Tank Stream Ventures
  • Ryan Cross: Technology & Product Leader,
  • Scott Crowe: Lead Recruiter, Canva
  • Sean Pollock: Co-founder, Opus Medical
  • Sibel Buyukbaykal: Head of Strategy and Partnerships, BrickX
  • Simon Foster: CEO, Shoeboxed Australia
  • Simon Lee: CEO, PromisePay
  • Simon Litchfield: CTO, Fusesport
  • Soren Harner: Founder, Permaling
  • Sorrel Osborne: Head of Operations and Commercial, Audience Republic
  • Stephen Rutter: Founder, The Scale Institute
  • Steve Fanale: CEO, DriveYello
  • Subhaga Amarasekara: Co-Founder, FLAYR
  • Theresa Lim: Founder & CEO, Play2Lead & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Fusion Labs
  • Tim Prosser: Start Up Business Mentor, Remarkable Tech
  • Timo Kugler: Founder & Managing Director, The Independent Innovator
  • Tom Dawkins: Founder/CEO, StartSomeGood
  • Vaughan Knight: Founder, Bit Rave
  • Vinko Grgic: Head of operations, Jayride
  • Will Davies: CEO, Car Next Door
  • William Wang: Founder/CEO, Moroku
  • Yvonne Lee

  • 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 Sydney to build a great company in 2020. 

Apply to the Sydney Autumn 2020 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  

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