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The Austin Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Austin program.

After meticulous selection process and intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints, constant evaluation, and feedback from investors and mentors, just 5 companies were able to make it through. 

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of Austin's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the Austin program: 

  • 360 Buildware - A construction company with $25M in sales, aiming to scale by modernizing practices and optimizing our workforce.
  • Bet Chess - A site where users can wager on chess games, similar to online poker, leveraging the skill aspect of chess to bypass gambling regulations and enhance enjoyment with small bets.
  • HostGuide - Offers travelers a digital local guide curated by local hosts and personalized by AI for each reservation. 
  • Aidoo - Aidoo is fixing modern-day loneliness and boredom by easily planning fun social activities for busy singles, couples, and groups.
  • Intuitve Horseware - Developing a new app for female equestrians aged 25-65, helping them detect early signs of horse pain to prevent lameness by utilizing computer vision technology for analyzing horse movements and posture.

The Austin program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup.

Join us at Austin Founder Institute Graduation Event on July 17.

Austin Local Directors 

We would first like to thank the Local Directors of the Austin Founder Institute: Martín Martinez (Executive Director, Founder Institute Texas), Riley Knox (-, -), Shane Brechmann (Director, Founder Institute Austin). Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Austin that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the Austin program was supported by some of Austin's top technology organizations, including:

Some of Austin’s top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:

* Aaron Ali * Abhi Dobhal * Aeryn Cagle * Brett Beckett * Candice Digby * Cara McCarty * Chris Palmisano * Chris Turnley * David Franklin * Guc Ozenci * Guy Parker * Hazel Chappell * Ignacio Castro * Ivelin Ivanov * Javy Martinez * Joey Jones * Lucas Chaya Del Pino * Martín Martinez * Miao Yan * Michael Morton * Mike Breck * Navin Jagannath * Neha Sampat * Nelly Yusupova * Q Manning * Riley Knox * Roger Heaston * Sophia Clark * Ty Audronis * Tyler Durman

In the Founder Institute's pre-seed accelerator program, early-stage entrepreneurs and teams build their business alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that share equity in their success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped alumni raise over $1.75BN. 

After Graduation, the new Austin Founder Institute Portfolio Companies now have a fast-growing company that has been fully validated by experienced startup founders, with access to the Founder Institute's global network and post-graduate support programs to continue building their business. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, building a co-founding team, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities and 100+ countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

The next Austin Founder Institute program is being planned now. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit

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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $1.75BN in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

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