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The New Normal means New Opportunities: today, the world needs more entrepreneurs to help lead the way in building a brighter future for all. The Founder Institute, the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses, is excited to announce that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Georgia. 

While the Silicon-Valley based network has chapters in over 200 cities worldwide, entrepreneurs in Georgia can finally now take advantage of the Founder Institute's proven processes to build an enduring company that can survive and thrive in the years to come in an uncertain world.

Applications to the first ever Georgia Founder Institute are now open, and anyone interested in building a technology company can apply at

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 Georgia, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs all from the comfort of home:

  • 2023 Startup Trends: A Roundtable Discussion with Founders & Investors on 9:00pm, Mar 27, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Ask an Investor Anything: Open Q&A with Investors that Write ‘First Checks’ for Startup on 9:00pm, Mar 29, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • The Startup Founder’s Guide to Building an Effective Go-To-Market Strategy on 9:00pm, Apr 03, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • Getting Your First 10 Customers as an Entrepreneur (Online Event) on 2:00pm, Apr 05, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • Co-Founders Connect: Find a Business Partner Online on 9:00pm, Apr 12, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • Product-Led Growth: Learn the Latest Best Practices from Wes Bush on 9:00pm, Apr 19, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • Growing a Startup from $0 to $2.5M in Revenue, with Ameet Mehta on 2:00pm, Apr 24, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 9:00pm, Apr 26, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • How to Write Top-Performing Facebook & LinkedIn Ads on 9:00pm, May 15, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 9:00pm, May 31, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 9:00pm, Jun 07, 2023 (Asia/Tbilisi):

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Tbilisi include local startup leaders Guri Koiava and Hayk Asriyants.

Opportunities are flourishing in Tbilisi. There's now a growing ecosystem of support here for entrepreneurs - and Founder Institute can increase any aspiring technology entrepreneur's chances of success in Georgia, by providing the necessary founder mindset, structure, and network - with a direct link to Silicon Valley!

In addition, many of the region's top founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors have signed on to mentor participating entrepreneurs in the Georgia Virtual 2022 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Ana Robakidze: Co-founder & CEO, Theneo
  • Ana Dalakishvili: Head of Intellectual Property Training Center, Sakpatenti
  • Bacho Khachidze: Chairman, Bach&Investment
  • Beso Kacharava: Founder & Sound Designer, Postred
  • Chris Lascor: Owner, Global Pecunia
  • Dachi Gubadze: Co-founder & COO, Stack
  • Dachi Choladze: Co-founder, Pulsar AI
  • David Chechelashvili: Co-founder & SVP Business Development, XpanD
  • David Khosroshvili: Co-founder & CEO, MaxinAI
  • David Stepania: Founder & CEO, ThirstySprout
  • Dimitri Dekanozishvili: Head of Mortgage Strategy & Operations, smava
  • Dimitri Abuladze: Partner, Smarter
  • Gabriel Meliva: Co-Founder & CEO, Cactus Verify
  • George Laliashvili: Co-founder & CEO, Stack
  • George Shamugia: Managing Director, Singular
  • George Basiladze: Co-founder & CEO, Wert
  • Georgi Koreli: Co-founder, Novelty
  • Georgy Kostava,
  • Giga Kerkadze: Former General Manager, Glovo
  • Giorgi Tsurtsumia: Co-founder & Co-CEO, PAYZE
  • Giorgi Kintsurashvili: Head of Digital Banking Ecosystem Unit, Bank of Georgia
  • Giorgi Mirzikashvili: Co-founder, Optio.Ai
  • Giorgi Jvaridze: Co-founder & Director of Engineering, MaxinAI
  • Giorgi Otiashvili: Co-Founder & Product Development Director, Lemondo
  • Giorgi Chugoshvili: Co-founder, Phubber
  • Givi Beridze: CEO & Co-Founder, Edison
  • Guri Koiava: Co-Founder, Axel - Georgian Business Angel Network
  • Hayk Asriyants: Co-founder, Axel - Georgian Business Angel Network
  • Irakli Vekua: Angel Investor, Axel - Georgian Business Angel Network
  • Jino Dollini: CEO, Terminal Co-working Space
  • Keti Meparishvili: Regional Manager of Asia, TWINO
  • Koba Kurdadze: Founder & CEO, Unipay
  • Lasha Antadze: Founder, Shelf Network
  • Maia Sasania: Co-founder & CEO, Vestico
  • Maka Natadze: Fintech, Uber
  • Makho Kituashvili: Co-founder & CEO, OMOFOX
  • Mariam Sharangia: Head of Strategic Development Department, Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA)
  • Nika Koreli: Co-founder & CTO, Hinkal Protocol
  • Nina Tumanishvili: Founding Member, Odin
  • Nino Macharashvili: Co-founder & CEO, ForSet
  • Nino Jolia: Head of Legal Advisory Department, Grant Thornton Georgia
  • Nodar Daneliya: Co-Founder & CEO, shuttle
  • Nodo Ivanidze: Co-founder & CEO, WiFisher
  • Paata Shurghaia: Deputy Managing Partner, Grant Thornton Georgia
  • Pedro Vieira: Director of Operations, Startup Programs - EMEA, 500 Global
  • Roman Gujabidze, Giffer
  • Rusudan Chachanidze: Head of Media Lab, Media Academy
  • Shalva Bukia: Co-founder & Product Director, Spribe
  • Shota Giorgobiani: Co-founder & CEO, Optio.Ai
  • Sopo Chkoidze: VP, Operations, Impel
  • Tamta Gvelesiani: General Director, Spark
  • Timur Daudpota: Lifecycle Manager, Upland
  • Tornike Turiashvili: Managing Partner, Kraken
  • Valerian Gegidze: Co-Founder & CEO, Team up
  • Zurab Pertaia: Head of IT Learning Academy, TBC

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, and the results speak for themselves: FI Alumni have raised over $1.75BN in funding, and are building impactful businesses across 200+ cities and 95+ countries all across the globe (see the FI 50 Report here).

Join us in Georgia to get funded and build a global business. 

Apply to the Georgia Virtual 2022 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  


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