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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 Nairobi. While the Silicon-Valley based program has chapters in over 200 cities worldwide, early-stage entrepreneurs in Nairobi 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 Nairobi Founder Institute are now open, and anyone interested in building a technology company can apply at FI.co/apply/nairobi

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  7,000 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 Nairobi, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program from the comfort of your home:

  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 8:00pm, Apr 29, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/342847
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session: https://FI.co/infosession
  • Innovation Series: Connecting Corporates & Startups with Open Innovation: 7:00pm, May 09, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/345216
  • How to Build a Fundable Start-up Brand: 8:00pm, May 20, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/338781
  • How to Quickly Establish Safe, Reliable, and Compliant AI Startups: 8:00pm, May 29, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/340145
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 8:00pm, Jun 03, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/343437
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 8:00pm, Jun 17, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/339910
  • How to Turn your Value Proposition into a Product Market Fit: 8:00pm, Jun 24, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/341442
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder: 3:00am, Jul 02, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/340221
  • How to Acquire your First 100 B2C Customers: 8:00pm, Jul 08, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/344405
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas : 8:00pm, Jul 29, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/341656
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 8:00pm, Aug 12, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/344097
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 8:00pm, Sep 16, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/342354
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 8:00pm, Sep 23, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/343542
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 8:00pm, Sep 25, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/344294
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 8:00pm, Oct 02, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/342039
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 8:00pm, Oct 30, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/344594
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder : 9:00pm, Nov 04, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/343332
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 4:00am, Nov 07, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/342144
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 9:00pm, Nov 27, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/342537
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 9:00pm, Dec 02, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/342244
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 9:00pm, Dec 04, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/345333
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 9:00pm, Dec 09, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/344788
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 9:00pm, Dec 16, 2024 (Africa/Nairobi): https://FI.co/e/344907

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Nairobi include local startup leaders FI Kenya (Mama Ventures), Kitawa Wemo (Founder & CEO, MAMA Social Ventures), Njoki Munene (Business lead & Community Manager, MAMA Ventures), Nyasha Mutsekwa (Regional Executive, Adapt IT).

Opportunities are now flourishing in Nairobi and throughout Kenya. There's 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 Kenya Spring 2024 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Abdulaziz Omar: Founder and CEO, SaveApp Limited
  • Adeo Ressi: CEO, Decile Group / VC Lab
  • AGGREY ANDUURU: A, ESSENTIAL MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
  • Agnel Nadida: Managing Partner, Ndindi and Nadida Advocates LLP
  • Ann Gitari: Entrepreneurship Skills Development Trainer, The Writing Agency Kenya
  • Benson Maweu: Founder, Yuuji Shopping Ltd
  • Berg Moe: Owner, Berg Moe Media
  • Bolanle Afuye: Head of Digital Services, TPAY MOBILE
  • Brian Maphosa: Business Coach , TBD NA NA
  • Brian Mogeni: CEO and Co-Founder, https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianmogeni/
  • Brian Ngaira: Director of Design, Made by People
  • Bruce Lucas: Founder, Olotu Square
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Cynthia Mburugu: Ms , Optimum Options Limited
  • Delila Kidanu: Co-Founder & COO, Koa Technology
  • Denis Karema: CEO, SokoFresh
  • Edwin Alum: CEO, Mula Export
  • Elizabeth B-Amissah
  • Erick Mokaya: Founder, Mwango Capital
  • Eunice Nyandat: CEO, MBM Labs
  • Evans Wadongo: Partner, Wadson Ventures
  • Faith Chege: Portfolio Coordintor, EEP Africa
  • Fatuma Dabassa: Founder-CEO, Urembo hub limited-www.urembohub.com
  • Folarin Adegbemle: Senior Operations Associate, Research Evaluation and Data Team, IDInsight
  • Gbenga Owolabi: Mr., Pendaxia Limited
  • Grace Kabicho: General and Finance Manager, Izon Production Limited
  • Ife Oyedele: Co-founder, Kobo360
  • Jan Okonji: Mr., Business Growth Solutions
  • Jean Tristan Mianze: Managing Director , Premier Three Logistics
  • Jerry Oche: Co-founder/CEO, Zowasel
  • Joanne Mutsekwa: Ms, Daylio|T Advisory
  • Jonathan Okanlawon: Co-Founder/Board Executive , Global Croft Ltd
  • Joseph Karasha: Sr. Cloud Solution Architect , Microsoft
  • Joshua Murima: Head of Engagement & Investor Relations, Briter Bridges
  • Kanyi Ohawa: Director, All and Sundry Ltd
  • Ken Oloo: Founder and Team Lead, Filamujuani
  • Kessiena Majemite: Founder/Managing Partner, CeedCap
  • Kirumba Mwaura: CEO, MSCA ltd
  • Kitawa Wemo: Founder & CEO, MAMA Social Ventures
  • Lanre Aina, ATHLST CO. LLC
  • Lavina Ramkissoon: AI Ethics and Technology Policy, African Union
  • Lavina Ramkissoon: Africa's Voice - Chairperson and Director #aiMom, Founder Institute
  • Lemuel Abishua: Product Manager, The Room
  • Leonard Korir: CEO, MobiDev
  • Lewam Kefela: Investment Director, Partech Partners
  • Lewi Maina: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lewi-maina-770a7a32, Simplex Business Solutions
  • Lilian Wambua: Operations Manager, Crosswise Works
  • Lincoln Njogu: CEO, Devs Kenya
  • Lindiwe Ngwenya
  • Linus Wahome: CEO, ManPro
  • Lujain Abbas: Legal and Compliance Lead, Lami Technologies Limited
  • Maureen Macharia: CEO, Spindle Design
  • Meghan Mc Cormick: Co-Founder & CEO, OZE, & Dare to Innovate
  • Mercy Kimalat: CEO, ASSEK
  • More Argwings Kodhek: Director of Marketing, Made by People
  • Muthoni Wachira: Founder and CEO, ABC Studio
  • Mutugi M'Narobi: Managing Director, Tanasuk Technologies Africa
  • Nadia KANOUN: CEO, Senior Adviser, Trainer & Coach, IHSCEN for Startups
  • Nafiesah Abrahams: Community Manager, MEST Africa
  • Ndambuki Mutie: Senior Lead-Talent Acquisition, M-KOPA
  • Njoki Munene: Community & Social Media Manager, Sahihi Africa
  • Noreen Likimani: Program and Project Manager, MBM Africa
  • Nurudeen Elias: Chief Operating Officer, Robert & John Ltd.
  • Nyasha Mutsekwa, Adapt IT
  • Ochieng' G. Akatch: Lawyer, Independent
  • Olusola Amusan: Founder/CEO, Coven Works
  • Oluwatomisin Ashimolowo: Strategy Consultant, Profectus Capital
  • Paul Breloff: CEO / Co-Founder, Shortlist
  • Paul Angatia: Regional Director, Kybernan Technologies
  • Peter Ongera: Founder Director, African Homestay and Safaris
  • Rachel Ndungu: CEO, Biashara Africa
  • Rashaan Campbell: Senior Advisor, Director of Business Development, Pumapa Capital
  • Reynolds Mwangi Mungai: Co-founder & CEO, Lukhu Inc.
  • Richard Otolo, 8teq solutions
  • Rose Mary Nakasenge Bbosa: Founder, MARBO GLOBAL INVESTMENTS LTD
  • Samson Wachira: Head of Development, Paddy Kenta
  • Sean Karanja: Founder, Project Exponential Kenya
  • Sheilah Birgen: CEO, The CoRD
  • Sheillah Nyang'ara: Founder and CEO, SNN-Realtor
  • Shiro Theuri: VP Engineering, Sendy
  • Sola Adekanye: Founder, Open Innovation Access
  • Somet Kipchilat: Program Manager, Google
  • Stella Odiwuor
  • Stephen Ojji: Principal, Nocopycats LLC
  • Sumaiyah Omar: Advocate, Mediator and Arbitrator , IPOA
  • Tesh Mbaabu: Founder, Mesozi Group
  • Tessie Omulo: Director, Female Founders Kenya
  • Tim Dagori: Practice Lead, Technology and Society Practice , Co-creation Hub
  • Timame Wanyoike: ., Liquid Intelligent Technologies
  • Timothy Kotin: CEO & CoFounder, Superfluid Labs
  • Tobi Lafinhan: Co-Founder, Venture for Africa
  • Vincent Ngondi
  • Vincent Aberi: Founder , Hillcroft Technologies
  • Wambita Okanya: CEO, Koho Communications
  • Wanjiru Chabeda: Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant
  • Wanjiru Kamande: Miss, SELF EMPLOYED
  • Whitney Ogutu: Community Design Manager, The Room

  • 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 Kenya and help build the future. 

Apply to the Kenya Spring 2024 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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