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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 FI.co/apply/budapest

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.

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 Budapest, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program from the comfort of your home:

  • WEBINAR: Founder Institute Online Information Session: https://FI.co/infosession

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 Virtual 2021 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Ábel Galácz: CEO, Veritas Ventures
  • Ákos Fehérvári: Partner, Baker & Mckenzie
  • Andras Molnár: CEO, Portfolion
  • András Szemerédi: Founder, Stochrone
  • Anetta Leticia Dr. Vajda: Founder and CEO, Your German Company
  • Antal Károlyi: Seed Investor, HUBAN
  • Attila Szigeti: CEO, Studio1 Startup Factory
  • Balázs Weibel: Board of Directors, Intellitext
  • Balázs Slezák: CEO, Wozify
  • Barbara Verő: Co-funder, CEO, Future Proof Consulting
  • Barnabás Málnay: Partner, SmartWare.Tech
  • Brent M. Eastwood: CEO / Founder, GovBrain
  • Csongor Biás: Managing Director, Startup Hungary
  • Dénes Szluha: Investment Director, Hiventures
  • Eva Pinter: Strategic Leader, Corvinus Fintech Center
  • Eva Vajda: CEO, WebMa
  • Ferenc Kiss: Vice Rector of Innovation, Metropolitan University
  • Gábor Dénes: Investment Director, Solus Capital
  • Gyorgy Kali: Founder, Virtual Agile Community of Practice
  • Imre Hild: Global Managing Partner, Global Traction
  • István Csővári: Partner, Jalsovszky Law Firm
  • István Dr. Molnár: Patent Attorney, Danubia
  • Kozma Andrea: Director, CEU Innovations Lab
  • Krisztián Kölkedi: Head of Department, NKFIH
  • László Hradszki: Member of the Board of Directors, Hiventures
  • Nora Szeles: Director, Tokeportal.hu
  • Peter Oszko: CEO, Oxo Holdings
  • Peter Kukoda: CEO, Antenna Hungaria Innovation Ltd
  • Péter Langmár: Partner, SmartWare.Tech
  • Richárd Majsai: Founder, Majsai Digital Collective
  • Richard Brooks: Business Adviser, Black Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Sleem Hasan: Founder & CEO, Privity FZ LLE
  • Szabolcs Erki: Founder, Hard Code Hungary Kft
  • Tamás Bohner: CEO, Drukka Startup Studio
  • Zoltan Acs: Head of Innovation, MKB FIntechLab
  • 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 Virtual 2021 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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