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After announcing our Lisbon launch yesterday, today we are excited to announce another launch in Europe, and our 34th location overall - Barcelona, Spain. 

The first ever Barcelona Founder Institute is just around the corner, as the 4-month program is slated to start on November 27th. The program is open to existing and prospective technology founders of all kinds - with or without an idea, young or old, and with a full-time job or unemployed. If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in Barcelona, click here to apply. If you apply by the Early Application Deadline on Sunday, October 28th, you get to take the Predictive Admissions Test for free (typically $50), and have the best chance of acceptance.


If you would like to learn more, then join a free event we will be hosting:


The Founder Institute is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that, in just three years of operation, has helped launch over 650 companies across 34 cities and five continents. Through our part-time four month program, existing and prospective founders can launch their dream company with expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs - while not being required to quit their day job. Our unique Graduate Liquidity Pool also enables graduates and mentors to share in the equity upside of each class, creating strong teamwork-based startup ecosystems where great companies can flourish. We call it "Globalizing Silicon Valley."=

There are many reasons why the Founder Institute is setting up a chapter in Barcelona. Barcelona and the surrounding territories have always been characterized by their capacity to deal with complex situations through creativity, effort and entrepreneurial spirit, whilst preserving their unique culture and personality.

There is a significant opportunity to make Barcelona both a European and Global hub for entrepreneurship and innovation in areas of high added value. A combination of different elements make this possible: the positioning of the “Barcelona brand” and its products, entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity of the local and international inhabitants, high level of tourism, high quality of life, creative and artistic recognition, gastronomy, culture, history, natural wealth and Mediterranean climate make Barcelona an ideal place for launching a global startup. Furthermore Barcelona serves as an ideal bridge between Spain and rest of the Spanish speaking community.

The Barcelona chapter will be lead by Urs Rothmayr and Oriol Bes. Urs is a Manager with more than 15 years of experience in multinational companies as well as start-ups in the field of Internet / E-business / E-commerce. Oriol has 18 years of experience in Business and IT and is now focused on easing startup and venture investment processes.


Expected Mentors for the program include;

  • Adeo Ressi, Founder of the Founder Institute
  • Carlos Blanco Vázquez, Founder & CEO Grupo ITnet
  • Carlos Puigjaner, Founder and CEO de Dooplan
  • Charles Ehredt, Founder & CEO RaceFansTV
  • Didac Lee, Founder & CEO Grupo Inspirit
  • Francisco Sierra, Investment Analyst, Active Venture Partners
  • Iñaki Ecenarro,Founder & CEO, Trovit
  • Joana Sánchez,Founder & President inesdi
  • Luis Martín Cabiedes, Partner, Cabiedes & Partners
  • Manuel Roca, Co-Founder & CEO Atrapalo
  • Marti Manent, Founder & CEO
  • Pere Rosales, Founder & CEO incipy
  • Sergi Mora, Gestor de Projectes de Finançament, ACC1Ó 
  • Tomás Diago,Founder & President softonic
  • And many more to be announced.


Click here to apply to the Barcelona Founder Institute today.

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