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

After meticulous selection process and intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints, constant evaluation, and feedback from investors and mentors, just 6 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 Houston's top startup experts and investors.  

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

  • Quickgredients - Empowering diners with dietary needs and attract new customers for food businesses through targeted marketing and efficient management. 
  • Truckersfinder - Connecting trucking companies to essential service providers to streamline their operations.
  • SEKCO - Developing a technology to help laundry business operators offer a service to wash and press in 5 mins or less by integrating wet vacuum cleaning and pressing in manual or automated stations.
  • Gym Rat - Revolutionizing the fitness experience with innovative logging hardware paired with a user-friendly app, enabling fitness enthusiasts to track their workouts in real time while at the gym.
  • ReachAI- Empowering small and medium-sized enterprises to elevate their digital footprint and online visibility through cutting-edge marketing strategies and comprehensive web presence optimization solutions.
  • STEMperts - helping students learn better and improve grades by engaging them through a combination of interests and learning styles.

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

Join us at Houston Founder Institute Graduation Event on May 21

Houston Local Directors 

We would first like to thank the Local Directors of the Houston Founder Institute: James Phelan (Investment & Growth, The Cannon), Martín Martinez (Executive Director, Founder Institute Texas), Mery Ramirez (Co-Founder/COO, ResQ TRX), Natasha Gorodetsky (Founder & CEO; Head of Product, Product Pursuit). Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Houston that is conducive to building to great companies.

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


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

* Aaron Chavez * Adeo Ressi * Ali Syed * Christy Cardenas * Curt Olivares * Dana Marruffo * Elisa Sepulveda * Gabe Zichermann * Javy Martinez * Jay Jamison * Joe Daniels * Joshua Wang * Juliana Garaizar * Kenley Clark * Krishna Vattipalli * Marcos Polanco * Miao Yan * Mike Breck * Molly Walsh * Munjal Shah * Natasha Gorodetsky * Noah Wallach * Phil Libin * Rafael Kartaszynski * Raja Mawad * Sophia Clark * Ty Audronis * Wade Pinder * Will Bunker * Ziv Gillat

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 Houston 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 Houston Founder Institute program is being planned now. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit FI.co/apply/houston.

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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.

See the most recent news from our Grads at FI.co/news, or learn more about their stories at FI.co/graduates


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