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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 Spring Virtual 2021 program.

Over 120 people applied to the program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just six 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 proundly present the newest portfolio Alumni of the Founder Institute Austin program: 

The Austin Spring Virtual 2021 program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup. We would first like to thank the Local Leaders of the Austin Founder Institute: Elisa SepulvedaHarold HughesMartin MartinezPaul O'Brien. 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 Spring Virtual 2021 Austin Spring Virtual 2021 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: CEO, Helix
  • Aaron Chavez: Partner, Argent Strategies
  • Abe Chu: Co-founder & CMO, NextSeed
  • Adam Weinroth: CMO & Advisor, Various Startups
  • Aden Allen: Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Aimy Steadman: Foundre and COO, Future Proof
  • Aki Ohashi: Vice President, Evolution Ventures
  • Albert Baez: President, Blended Sense
  • Alex Kogan: CTO , Hi Operator
  • Allison Scarborough: Southwest Regional Director, National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)
  • Amanda Lettmann: CEO, COO & Co-Founder, Kardia Ventures/ SimpleDisability, Inc.
  • Amos Schwartzfarb: Managing Director, Techstars Austin
  • Andres Gomez: Founder, Editeer
  • Andrew Millet: Founder, Process Pro Consulting
  • Andy Hart: Advisor, a Mana Project
  • Andy Fruhling: SVP, Nokia
  • Anita Roberts, Silicon Hills Capital
  • Anu Pansare: CEO, Volyx
  • Ashley Connell: CEO & Founder, Prowess Project
  • Ashley Jennings: Managing Director , Texas Innovation Center - Technology Commercialization at UT Austin
  • Barbara Kelso
  • Ben Chaib
  • Bill Blackstone: EVP of Operations, Galvanize
  • Bora Laci: Assistant Director of Programs, SMU Tower
  • Brett Hunoldt: Head of Information Security , Procore Technologies
  • Brett Beckett: Vice President - Finance & Strategy, Realogy - Independence Title
  • Brian Massey: The Conversion Scientist™, Conversion Sciences
  • Brian Hammer: Founder & CEO, Residual Media
  • Candace Ohm: Director of Product Analytics, Cardlytics
  • Candice Digby: Partnerships and Events Director, Vapor IO
  • Cara McCarty: CEO, Betterleave
  • Carrie Chitsey Wells: Co-Founder & CEO, One Touch Video Chat
  • Charles Martin: Co-Founder , Flux Bucket
  • Chase Harmer: CEO, ProfitPay
  • Chris Turnley: Chief Revenue Officer
  • Chris Perez: Sr. Strategist, Digital Experience, Ascend Marketing
  • Chris Palmisano: COO, Rocket Dollar
  • Chris Michael Harris: CFO, Co-Founder , nürltec
  • Christy Cardenas: Managing Partner, Grit Ventures
  • Courtney Caldwell: Co-Founder, COO, ShearShare
  • Dana Marruffo: Owner, Buzz Public Relations, LLC
  • Dana Rygwelski: Founding Director, MassChallenge Texas
  • Dana Abramovitz: Founding Team, SXSW
  • Daphne Bernicker: CEO, HumanAim
  • Dave Heimnuck: CEO / Founder, Hidrent
  • David Kobierowski
  • David Robinson Jr.: Founding Member, Blueprint Local
  • Dean Cruse: Principal, DC Marketing
  • Dennis Dayman: CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPT, FIP, Industry Chief Privacy and Security Officer
  • Diane Yoo: Managing Partner, Medingenii Capital
  • Dianthe Skurko: Principal, GVC Partners
  • Dustin Cox: Co-Founder, BRIEF
  • Edward Madongorere: Co-Founder, CEO, Moon
  • Elizabeth Tsai: Founder & CEO , HiOperator
  • Eric Samdahl: CEO / Founder, GHSD Group
  • Eric Salwan: Co-founder, Firefly Aerospace
  • Eric Fishhaut: President, Gelber & Associates
  • Erin Pitts: Founder / Creative Partner, The Label Collective
  • Étienne Garbugli: Author, Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, Finien
  • Frankie Arvelo: Startup Counsel, Arvelo PLLC
  • Geetha Jayaraman, Spoon and Sprout, Inc.
  • Guc Ozenci: Tech-Entrepreneur | Mentor | Director, Founder Institute
  • Guy Parker: Chief Strategy & Creative Officer, Ambient Way
  • Harini Bhamidipati: Founder & CEO, Bearable
  • Harold Hughes: CEO, Bandwagon
  • Heath Butler: Founder/Managing Partner, Gestalt Growth Advisors
  • Heather Buffo: Venture Growth & Partnerships, Republic
  • Holly Burrow: Startup Advisor, eqALL Business Solutions
  • Howard Freidman: Managing Partner, Bluechip Jets
  • Hugh Forrest: Chief Programming Officer, SXSW
  • Ian Greenleigh: Director of Marketing,
  • Ignacio Castro: Managing Director, Founder Institute Boston
  • Ivelin Ivanov: founder,
  • Jacqueline Hughes: Founder, Austin Startup Week
  • Jaleh Daie, Ph.D: Chairman/Founder, AgFoodHealthSpan (AFH Vertical), Band of Angels
  • James Phelan: Co-Founder & CCO, Village Insights
  • James Africano: General Partner, Regolith Ventures
  • Janice Omadeke: CEO, The Mentor Method
  • Jasmin Brand: CEO and Founder, Her Texas
  • Jason Assir: Principal Consultant, Opex Digital Consulting
  • Javy Martinez: Dallas Director | Startup Advisor | Venture Partner, Founder Institute
  • Jd Weinstein: Head of Startup Ecosystem, Linse Capital
  • Jennifer Harrold: Senior Regional Partnerhips, General Assembly
  • Jodie Slater Hastings: Co-Founder , The Slate
  • Joe Merrill: Partner, Sputnik ATX / Linden Ventures
  • Joe Daniels: Partner, Co-Chair - Emerging Companies, Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough
  • Joey Jones: Co-Founder/Chief Revenue & Compliance Officer, CurveBlock Ltd
  • John Driscoll: Co-Founder and CEO, Naked Development
  • Jonathan Shan: Founder, Nexus
  • Jonathan Placa: Director of Financial Operations, Billd
  • Jonathan Libby: Partner Development Manager, Tableau
  • Jose Padilla
  • Judy Tsuei: Founder, Wild Hearted Words
  • Keith Strahan: Managing Partner, Fulton Strahan Law Group, PLLC
  • Kennie Matthews: Chairman & CEO, M Infrastructure, Inc.
  • Kristie Whites: FOUNDER & CEO, Serving Social
  • Kristy Alballero: Co-Founder & COO, IOOGO
  • Kyle Wiggins, Assembly
  • Laura Kamrath: CEO, Zebra Marketing Solutions
  • Lauren Washington: Co-Founder, Black Women Talk Tech/Fundr
  • Leigh Christie: CEO and Executive Director, BEAM Angel Network
  • Lisa Besserman: Managing Director, Expa VC
  • Lloyed Lobo: Co-founder, Boast.AI
  • Lori Freese: Principal, FreeseMediaGroup
  • Lucas Chaya Del Pino: Dell for Entrepreneurs Lead, DELL Technologies
  • Lyn Graft: Founder, Storytelling for Entrepreneurs
  • Malcolm Woods: Founder - Alumni, FareUpThere
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief of Strategy, Citronade Naming and Branding
  • Marc Nathan: Founder, Egan Nelson LLP
  • Marcos Polanco: CTO, Bellwether Coffee
  • Marcos Rodriguez: Mentor Investor, Rodriguez Capital Holdings LLC
  • Marcus Carey: CEO, ThreatCare
  • Maren Miller: Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
  • Maria Pienaar: Principal, First Principles
  • Maria Burgos: Founder & CEO, Trendy Seconds
  • Mariana Muntean: Founder & CEO, Cinevva
  • Mariano Gonzalez: Founder and General Partner, MGV Capital Group
  • Mario Soave: Founder, CleverFi
  • Mark Mitchell: VC, Moonshots Capital
  • Mark Achler: Managing Partner, Math Venture Partners
  • Marlon Montgomery: Director of Technology & Product , Globant /
  • Marshall Darr: VP of Marketing, Decent
  • Martín Martinez: Entrepreneur in Residence, Founder Institute
  • Matt Mc Kenzie, Financial Machines
  • Mauricio Delgado: Co-founder and CPO, Nada
  • Melissa Unsell-Smith: Co-founder and President,
  • Mercedes Bankston: Founder, Funderstar LTD
  • Miao Yan: Corporate Development Manager-Renewable Energy, NOV
  • Michael Morton: Mentor, FI Austin
  • Michelle Witt: Principal, Propelled Marketing
  • Mike Breck: Principal, Acuity Thinking
  • Molly Walsh: Director, Founder Institute Dallas
  • Myles Leighton
  • Nakevia Miller: Founder, Nakevia Designs
  • Natasha Gorodetsky: Product Strategist, Equilibrium Ventures
  • Nathan Ryan: CEO and Co-Founder, Blue Sky Partners
  • Neal Murthy: Chairman, Haven Holdings
  • Neha Sampat: Founder, CEO, Contentstack
  • Neil Beekie: Founder & CEO, OperAid Software Inc.
  • Nick Fenn: Partnerships, Brex
  • Nick Hahn: President & Founder, Creative Liberation
  • Nicolia Wiles: Principal, PRIME|PR
  • Nigel Singh: Senior Advisor, ExxonMobil
  • Nikola Korac: CEO, Downstream IT Solutions
  • Nugeen Aftab: Head of Partnerships,
  • Oleg Lysiak: Partner Success Manager, Honeycomb Software
  • Paul Kirchoff: Founder & CEO, EPX Worldwide
  • Paul O'Brien: CEO, MediaTech Ventures
  • Pavan Kumar: Founder, 3pmVentures
  • Peter Busch, Meet Jane
  • Prasad Jaladi: FI, Mentor
  • Q Manning: General Manager & Founder, Rocksauce Studios
  • Rahul Agarwal: Lead Technical Product Manager, Boomi
  • Rajneesh Dwivedi, Second Medic
  • Ram Prasad: Co-Founder & CEO, Keisok
  • Riana Lynn: Founder, CEO, Journey Foods
  • Richard Delgado: Partner, ERA Capital Partners
  • Riley Knox: Founder, Accelerate3D
  • Rob Kramer: CEO & Chief Product Officer, PurposeLab
  • Robert Balderas: Founder & CEO, Bob's Containers
  • Rogelio De los Santos: Cofounder and Managing Partner, Dalus Capital & FI Monterrey
  • Roger Heaston: President & CEO, Refinition
  • Roman Zrazhevskiy: Founder & CEO, MIRA Safety
  • Saima Siddiqui: Director of Product Management,
  • Sameer Sortur: Founder & CEO , SquareCircle Global
  • Samuel Riehn: Chief Executive Officer, SBIR Advisors Inc.
  • Sebastien Long: Founder & CEO, Lodgeur
  • Shaquille Gould: GM, Workise
  • Shlomi Podgaetz: Director/CEO, Rizasmart Consulting
  • Sloan Foster: Principal , Envisage Associates
  • Sneha Lundia Agrawal: Founder & CEO, Step2Growth
  • Sophia Clark: Founder & Creative Director, Galiatea
  • Sterling Smith: CEO, Sandbox Commerce
  • Steve Jennis: Founder and CEO, Jennis Consulting Group
  • Sunny Zhang: General Partner, Born Global Ventures
  • Tiana Laurence: GP, Laurence Innovation
  • Tim De Silva: Founder & CEO, Culture Pilot
  • Travis Crabtree: Founder & President, Swyft Filings
  • Tye Caldwell: Co-Founder, CEO, ShearShare
  • Vivek Dixit: Managing Partner , 369 Growth Partners
  • West Mc Kee: Co-Founder & CEO, BRIEF
  • Will Cox: Sr Engineering Manager, OJO Labs
  • William Douglas: CEO, OpticWise
  • Yagub Rahimov: Founder, Tested Web
  • YJ Lin: Program Manager, Dell for Entrepreneurs
  • Ylan Kunstler: Principal, Productive Engagements
  • Zafer Elcik: Co-founder, Otsimo
  • Zaz Floreani: Principal, Next Coast Ventures

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 95+ 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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