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The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it will be officially launching it second chapter in China, in Shanghai.

The Shanghai Founder Institute becomes the second chapter in China, after the program’s celebrated launch in Shenzhen in late 2014.

Anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply to the Shanghai Founder Institute at

The Founder Institute decided to officially launch in Shanghai after a series of test events in the city attracted over 225 potential applicants. In order to celebrate the launch, the Shanghai Founder Institute will host a “Pre-Curriculum” of free startup events for the general public. To see the full list of upcoming events, visit

With its many corporate headquarters’, Shanghai may have the single largest base of talented employees in any city worldwide. At the same time, however, the startup ecosystem in the city is largely undeveloped, and aspiring entrepreneurs don’t have many options to receive guidance and mentorship. The Founder Institute aims to provide the training that will help Shanghai’s top corporate talent start building new and sustainable companies, which can play a large role in the city’s future" - Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute

In just 5.5 years of existence, the Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute has helped aspiring technology entrepreneurs launch over 1,400 companies, which have created over 10,000 new jobs. Through its four-month training and startup launch program, promising entrepreneurs can “learn by doing” and launch a company with structured training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk.  Founder Institute Graduate companies include fast-rising startups across 6 continents like iCarsClub, Udemy, Realty Mogul, Itembase, goplaceit, Appota, and many more. 

Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Shanghai are three of the area’s top startup evangelists; Daniel Shi, Fiona Wang, and Dengfeng Guan.

Daniel Shi is a serial entrepreneur, startup investors, and Founder of 0.618 InfoTech (successful exit) and 23seed.

Fiona Wang​ is a multi-time Co-Founder, including ​Entrepreneurs' Community​ ​and ​​ChuangShiJi​.​

Dengfeng Guan​ founded a company in big data in 2009 that successfully exited in 2012, and is now a Regional General Manager at ZSCV, a leading venture capital firm.

In addition, many successful entrepreneurs have also pledged their support to mentor new entrepreneurs in the Shanghai program, including;

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Alvin Graylin: CEO, Guanxi / mInfo
  • David Sheng: 高级合伙人, 德恒律师事务所
  • Jun Ni: CTO, 安居客
  • Shi Danji: Founder & CEO, 23Seed
  • 军 常: CEO, 会鸽
  • 利杰 王: CEO, Pre-Angle
  • 宗场 姚: Founder&CEO, 泰笛洗涤(
  • 明伟 李: 创始人&CEO, 西十区网
  • 晶羽 宦: CEO, 创客星球
  • 梦 黄: CEO, 点点客
  • 登峰 管
  • 真 范: CEO, 上海伊购网络科技有限公司 (中国3D互联网的开拓者)
  • 雨豪 王: CEO, 人人猎头
  • And many more to be announced. 

Anybody who is interested can apply to the Shanghai Founder Institute at The Final Application Deadline is on May 17th, but those who apply by the Early Application Deadline on April 12th are eligible for a variety of scholarships - including the Female Founder Fellowship, which is offered to the best overall female applicant. 

Learn more about the Founder Institute at

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