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Now is the time to rebuild: in 2021, the world needs entrepreneurs to lead the way in creating a brighter future for all.

As a result, the Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Caracas. While the Silicon-Valley based program has chapters in over 200 cities worldwide, early-stage entrepreneurs in Caracas can finally now take advantage of the Founder Institute's renowned structure, mentor support, and network to build an enduring company that can survive and thrive in the “new normal” or 2021 and beyond.

Applications to the first ever Caracas Founder Institute are now open, and anyone interested in building an impactful technology company can apply at FI.co/apply/caracas

Program Update: This accelerator will be run online with local and international mentors, with the potential for some optional in-person networking. Learn more on our Virtual Program FAQ page.

The Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding, and build something that matters. So whether you already have a business or are still in the idea-phase, now is the time to act. 

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  6,000 Alumni raise over $1.75BN funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more (see the FI 10 Year Impact Report here).

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free online startup events in Caracas, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program from the comfort of your home:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session: https://FI.co/infosession
  • 9 Week Guide to Launch a Startup to $1MM ARR with Trevor Longino (Online) on 1:00pm, oct 05, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/301613
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 8:00pm, oct 12, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/300704
  • [Restricted] Early Stage Product & Sales Lessons, with award-winning FI mentor Ernest Yap + Global Networking Summit on 1:00pm, oct 13, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/304691
  • Workshop: Pitching and Fundraising for Pre-Seed Startups (Online Event) on 1:00pm, oct 19, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/304238
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 1:00pm, oct 26, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/300893
  • Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Idea to Startup Experts, Online on 9:00pm, nov 09, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/302012
  • [Restricted] FinTech Ecosystem & Market Opportunities, with DotX CEO Charlie Chandra + Global Networking Summit on 10:00pm, nov 10, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/303953
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online) on 2:00pm, nov 16, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/302174
  • Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur (Online Networking Event) on 2:00pm, nov 23, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/304445
  • Startup Accelerators 101: Everything New Entrepreneurs Need to Know (Online) on 9:00pm, nov 30, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/304922
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network (Online) on 2:00pm, dic 07, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/301793
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 2:00pm, dic 21, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/302639
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 9:00pm, dic 28, 2022 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/302915
  • Co-Founder Networking: Start 2023 by Finding a Business Partner, Online on 2:00pm, ene 04, 2023 (America/Caracas): https://FI.co/e/303098

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Venezuela include local startup leaders José Acuña, Marco Villegas and Sandy Gómez.

In addition, many of the region's top founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors have signed on to mentor new entrepreneurs in the Caracas Virtual 2021 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Alberto Parra: CEO and Founder, BRIX (www.brixzt.com)
  • Alejandra Perez: Founder, Investability
  • Alejandro Echeverría: CEO and Founder, Fancision
  • Alejandro Ernesto Romero Saenz, Lotux Ventures
  • Alexandra Delsol: Partner, A2 Legal, S.C.
  • Alfonso Riera: Director, Front Consulting Group
  • Álvaro Miguel Cabrera: DIRECTOR, Founder Institute Valencia
  • Andrea Fabianna D'andrea: Abogada, D'Advice Legal
  • Andrés Mejía: Partner, LEGA Abogados
  • Andrés Urquiola: CEO and Founder, Val-u
  • Angela Ocando: Course Director, Platzi
  • Antonio Figueroa: CEO and Founder, DonDemand.io
  • Antulio Moya: Associate, SquareOne capital
  • Aracelis Nass: Business Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Armando Goncalves: CEO and Founder, Apetoi
  • Arnoldo Matheus: CEO, Protegetuviaje.com
  • Astrid Chedid: Regional Director for LAC and Spain, Annual Investment Meeting
  • Boris Ackerman: CFO, Fanemotional
  • Carlos Riera: CEO and Founder, Pimedeit
  • Carlos Mosquera: CEO, Solidus Capital
  • Carlos Heinze: Co-Founder and Director, Tu Gruero
  • Carlos Echeverria: Co-Founder and Director, Fancision
  • Carlos Perez: CEO and Founder, Entrein
  • Carlos Alberto Aguiló Santamaría: Co-Founder, ECOEM
  • Carlos Eduardo Vargas: President of the Board, 1001 Ideas
  • Carlos H. Brandt: CEO, Proemprendimiento
  • Carolina Gómez: Co-Founder, Invertir en Chile
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Claudia Valladares: CEO and Cofounder, Impact Hub Caracas
  • Cody Isabel: CEO, CBAi
  • Dan Piestun: PhD, Founder, Director, AguaceR
  • Daniel Roitbarg: Innovation Manager, DXC Technology
  • David Centeno: CEO, 123Pago
  • David Carrasquilla: Founder, Ustartups
  • Delfina Guedimin: Global Market Intelligence Leader, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Diana Espino: Managing Partner, SquareOne capital
  • Diego Borel: CEO and Founder, Geblix
  • Diego Salas: Board Member, VP, Head of Strategic Finance, Yummy
  • Elena Dolinski: Founder, UKANDOITGLOBAL
  • Esther Bergel: Lawyer, Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez
  • Federico Fernandez: Entrepreneurship, Solar Energy, Finance & Investments, OTEPI RENOVABLES
  • Fernando Ríos: Director, Startup Grind Caracas
  • Fiorella Torres: CFO, Agros
  • Franca Messina: CEO and Founder, BRANDINME
  • Freddy Montes: Lead Frontend Developer, dotCMS
  • Gabriel Monroy: CEO, Colektia
  • Gerson Gómez: CEO and Founder, Ridery
  • Guillermo Guzmán: GP, Indio VC
  • Gustavo Rivas: Director, Grupo Samán Capital
  • Haymee Irimina Perez Cogle: Managing Director, Founder Institute Luanda
  • Horacio Velutini: CEO, Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios, S.A.C.A.
  • James Tsikerdanos: Director of Sales Training, Smart Systematic Selling
  • Jean Clauteaux: CEO and Founder, Uriji
  • Jessica Olivan: Cofounder, Velara
  • Johana Duarte: CMO, Uriji
  • Jose Acuña: Director, FI Caracas
  • Jose Schmucke: CTO, e4Cash
  • Jose Miguel Farias: Founder, MásSaber
  • José Rafael Gamero: Financial Security Operations, Nu Bank
  • Jose Ramon Campos Castillo: CEO-Founder, Ozeanic Devices S.L.
  • Juan Carlos Castillo: Partner, Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez
  • Juan Carlos Fernández Alemán: CEO, Open Insurances
  • Juan Carlos Ruiz: Founder, Oplus Blue
  • Juan Jose Franco: Co-founder and COO, Future_is
  • Karen Colin: CEO, Startcly
  • Laura Fornasari: Finance & Business Development Consultant and Business Angel, IAE Business School
  • Lorenzo Camejo: Co-Founder and CTO, Fancision
  • Lucylde Gonzalez: Public Affairs Expert, StartYou
  • Luis Santiago: CEO, Pegasi Med
  • Luis Fernando Moncada: CEO and Cofounder, InCresc
  • Luz Aimara Morales: Directora General, Centro de Innovación y Emprendimiento UCAB
  • Marco Villegas: Director, FI Caracas
  • Marcos Capote: Consulting Manager, OMNIS
  • Maria Castro: CEO and Founder, Gigget
  • Maria Luke: CEO and Cofounder, Fixme.es
  • María Eugenia Chacón: CEO and Cofounder, Solventemos
  • María Victoria Díaz: Directora de innovación y consultoría, Smartbase Group
  • Mariana Velásquez: Founder - CEO, BRANDDU
  • Mariana Jiménez Segura: Deal Flow, Amplifica Capital
  • Mariana Suarez: CFO, Ridery
  • Marisela Cuevas: CEO, NeuroBusiness LLC
  • Martha Laura Lopez, SIPI FUND
  • Matias Mindlin: CEO and Founder, Pinta Libre
  • Miguel Melendez: Customer Support and Sales Representative, HQ Rental Software
  • Mike Green: Co-Founder, sirrus7
  • Nelson Palmero Durán: Cofundador - Director, catalejovirtual.com
  • Nicolas Pacheco: CEO, Clabe Ganadera
  • Noelia Rodriguez: ACS Services Sales Representative, Oracle
  • Oscar Costero: President of the Board, Wikimedia Venezuela
  • Paloma Lecheta: Regional Director - LatAm, Founder Institute
  • Patricia Monteferrante: Coordinadora del Centro de Innovación y Emprendimiento, IESA
  • Patsy Salgado: Product Owner, Kavak
  • Pedro Berroteran: CEO and Founder, Quipus.App
  • Ramón Rodríguez: Co-Founder and Chief Investors Relations, RIDERY LLC
  • Ramon Scott: Founding Partner, InnovaRe Capital México SAPI
  • Ramón Escovar: Partner, ESC+G
  • Randy Cottin: Founder & CEO, Nesta.se
  • Raul Perez Gurdian, Citi
  • Rebeca Vidal: Ejecutiva Principal, CAF
  • Reinaldo Valbuena: Co-Founder, Germinador
  • Rene Guerrero: Líder de Innovación e Investigación y Desarrollo, Corporación Ventures
  • Ricardo Castillo: Assistant Corporate Controller, Facebook
  • Roberto Dumerauf: CEO, Came Pagos
  • Roberto Vargas: CEO, Betriax
  • Rodrigo Franco: Operations Manager, Folionet
  • Rolando Cruzado: President & Founder, PDMA Peru
  • Rosario B Casas: Co Founder, XR Americas, LLC / Business Creative Partners SAS
  • Rosmilar Ceballo: CEO, Atina Energy Services
  • Rossanna Ceccato: CEO, REDRESS
  • Samuel Gómez Milano: CEO, CoinGroup
  • Sandy Gómez: Director, FI Caracas
  • Santiago Cervantes: Head of Operations, One Game Studio
  • Sebastian Delmont: Principal Engineer, Artemis
  • Silvana Liscano: Head of Research , Lunchclub
  • Simon Rausseo, BAM Mentors
  • Simon Chamorro: CEO-CoFounder, Valiu
  • Susie Jaramillo: President and CCO, Encantos
  • Thiago Garcia: CEO & General Partner, 10X Partners
  • Thomas Bardinet: Director, Private Investment Firm
  • Vanessa Navarro: Lawyer, Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez
  • Victor Charles: COO/CFO and Founder, Coco
  • Víctor Hernández: CVO & CEO, HelloSabi
  • Wilbert Moreno: CEO, Celeritech
  • Yanira Caraza: COO, Startupeable
  • Yenni Peña: VP of Operations, Pygma

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. The organization's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Join us in Caracas and help build the future. 

Apply to the Caracas Virtual 2021 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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