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The Dallas Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Dallas 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 Dallas's top startup experts and investors.  

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

  • BLAKE - a company that focuses on helping working professionals between 25- 40 to understand the values of live well through a well balanced life. This includes Physical, Mental, Financial, and Lifestyle balance.
  • Sentilyx AI - an end-to-end AI/ML as a Service specifically focused on understanding customer insights by using Sentiment Analysis (technology used to understand emotion, opinions and perspective from digital media) in near real-time to improve customer experience, increase efficiency and reduce costs.
  • My CalaMinder- Serves the untapped market of students by keeping them on track to accomplish goals, prevent missed appointments, prepare for important life events through our app
  • Touchdrive - a start-up developing a biosensor technology that can detect your BAC levels through touch-print detection. 
  • Lionel Cycling - offers cycling services to businesses and individuals. This company serves the need for clear and responsive safety for cyclists in traffic through technology camera detection software. 

Join us at Dallas Founder Institute Graduation Event on March 27

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

Dallas Local Directors 

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

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

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

* Adam Ulevitch * Ashley Connell * Brandon Maier * Brenda Stoner * Brian Botch * Chase Murphy * Dana Abramovitz * Gabriel Davidov * Harrison Blum * Jason Taylor * Jeremy Brandt * Jewels Clark * Josh Hunt * K.J. Royal * Lito Rodriguez * Lyndsey Haper * Mark Clark * Martín Martinez * Mike Solow * Naveed Haque * Neal Murthy * Noah Wallach * Paul O'Brien * Prasad Pillai * Shalini Sardana * Steve Denney * Tiffanie Tovar * Tinsley Merrill * WAEL DOUKMAK * Walker Lutringer

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 Dallas 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 Dallas 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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