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Now, more than ever, the world needs entrepreneurs to build the future.

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 Budapest. While the Silicon-Valley based program has chapters in over 200 cities worldwide, early-stage entrepreneurs in Hungary can finally now take advantage of the Founder Institute's renowned structure, mentor support, and network to build an enduring company. 

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

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.

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  6,500 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 Budapest, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program from the comfort of your home:

  • Startup Fundraising in Hungary: Q&A with Investors from the FI Venture Network (Online) on 7:00pm, Dec 07, 2022 (Europe/Budapest):
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Startup Market Outlook for 2023: What to Expect with Funding (Online) on 7:00pm, Dec 14, 2022 (Europe/Budapest):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 7:00pm, Dec 21, 2022 (Europe/Budapest):
  • Connect with Aspiring Entrepreneurs (Online Networking Event) on 7:00pm, Jan 04, 2023 (Europe/Budapest):
  • How To Identify a Viable Business Idea (Online) on 7:00pm, Jan 11, 2023 (Europe/Budapest):
  • Co Founder Networking: Start 2023 By Finding a Business Partner (Online) on 7:00pm, Jan 18, 2023 (Europe/Budapest):
  • Meet the CEE Startup Ecosystem w/ SMOK Ventures, MIT EF CEE & More (Online) on 5:00pm, Jan 19, 2023 (Europe/Budapest):
  • Get Friendly Feedback on Your Startup Idea and Pitch (Online) on 7:00pm, Jan 25, 2023 (Europe/Budapest):
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online Conference) on 7:00pm, Feb 08, 2023 (Europe/Budapest):

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Budapest include local startup leaders Balazs HorvathIvan Ivanka, and Tamas Bohner.

Opportunities are flourishing in Hungary. There's now a great ecosystem for entrepreneurs - from crowdfunding platforms to co-working spaces. The Founder Institute can increase an aspiring technology entrepreneur's chance of success by providing the necessary skills and mindset - and a link to the Silicon Valley!

In addition, many of the region's top founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors have signed on to mentor new entrepreneurs in the Hungary - Eastern Europe 2023 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Ábel Galácz: CEO, Veritas Ventures
  • Agnes Hulman: Head of Client Services, Artifisoft
  • Ákos Fehérvári: Partner, Baker & Mckenzie
  • Andras Molnár: CEO, Portfolion
  • András Pollák: Head of Digital, Drukka Startup Studio
  • Anetta Leticia Dr. Vajda: Founder and CEO, Your German Company
  • Antal Károlyi: Seed Investor, HUBAN
  • Antónia Dr. Szabó: Attorney, Self employed
  • Árpád Pethő: Managing Partner, Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC
  • Attila Sükösd: CTO & Co-founder, Airtame
  • Attila Szigeti: CEO, Studio1 Startup Factory
  • Aurél Pásztor: Partner, Portfolion
  • Balazs Horvath: Chapter Director, Startup Grind Budapest
  • Balázs Weibel: Board of Directors, Intellitext
  • Balázs Slezák: CEO, Wozify
  • Barbara Verő: Co-funder, CEO, Future Proof Consulting
  • Barnabás Málnay: Partner, SmartWare.Tech
  • Csongor Biás: Managing Director, Startup Hungary
  • Dénes Szluha: Investment Director, Hiventures
  • Elemér Eszter: Managing Partner, Impact Ventures
  • Erik Barcsay: CEO, BIG FISH
  • Eszter Szabó: Founding President, Women6Business/Angels
  • Eva Pinter: Strategic Leader, Corvinus Fintech Center
  • Eva Vajda: CEO, WebMa
  • Ferenc Kiss: Vice Rector of Innovation, Metropolitan University
  • Ferenc Pongrácz: General Manager, Tungsram Group
  • Gábor Dénes: Investment Director, Solus Capital
  • Gyorgy Kali: Founder, Virtual Agile Community of Practice
  • Imre Hild: Global Managing Partner, Global Traction
  • István Boscha: CEO, Aliz Technologies
  • István Csővári: Partner, Jalsovszky Law Firm
  • István Dr. Molnár: Patent Attorney, Danubia
  • Ivan Ivanka: President & CEO, FI Hungary
  • Ivan Ivanka: President & CEO, Ivanka Group
  • János Pereczes: Managing Director, MKB Bank
  • Kozma Andrea: Director, CEU Innovations Lab
  • Krisztián Kölkedi: Head of Department, NKFIH
  • László Hradszki: Member of the Board of Directors, Hiventures
  • Levente Zsembery: CEO, X-Ventures Venture Fund
  • Nora Szeles: Director,
  • Peter Oszko: CEO, Oxo Holdings
  • Peter Kukoda: CEO, Antenna Hungaria Innovation Ltd
  • Péter Langmár: Partner, SmartWare.Tech
  • Richárd Majsai: Founder, Majsai Digital Collective
  • Russell Brand: CEO & Founder, Responsible Solutions Limited
  • Szabolcs Erki: Founder, Hard Code Hungary Kft
  • Tamás Hajnal: CEO Advisor, Széchenyi Fund
  • Tamás Jakab: Senior Analyst, CEE-Private Equity Fund
  • Tamás Bohner: CEO, Drukka Startup Studio
  • Tamás Dr. Szécsi: Attorney at Law, Szécsi Law Firm
  • Viktor Bálint: Partner, BnL Accelerator
  • Zoltan Acs: Head of Innovation, MKB FIntechLab
  • Zoltán Várady: CEO, Intellitext
  • Zsolt Szigetlaki: Board of Directors, Intellitext

  • 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 Budapest and help build the future. 

Apply to the Hungary - Eastern Europe 2023 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  


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