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The New York Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is pleased to announce the newest Alumni from the New York Virtual 2021 program.

Over 310 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 12 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 New York's top startup experts and investors.  

The New York Alumni invite members of the public to join them for a live, online graduation event on July 20th, featuring the CEO of Supersocial, Yonatan Raz-Fridman - RSVP here.

And now, without further ado, we proudly present the newest FI Alumni of the New York program: 

The New York 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 New York Founder Institute: Reid Hamilton and Stefan Klotzbuecher. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in New York that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the New York Virtual 2021 program was supported by some of New York's top technology organizations, including:

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

  • Aaron Price: cofounder, rocketfuel.cc
  • Abraham Milano: Cofounder - CTO, Dada
  • Adam Kirsch: Principal, Next Day Hill
  • Adam Sah: Technology, Startup Leader
  • Adam Schoenberg: CEO / Founder , HOOK & ALBERT
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • AJ Kintner: Owner, Mrktplc.com, Moneypub.co
  • Aki Balogh: President, MarketMuse
  • Akshata Philar
  • Alberto Escarlate: Founder, CEO, Hugo Labs
  • Alex Batdorf: Co-Founder & CMO, ZipFit Denim
  • Alexander Volodarsky: Co-Founder, 90sFest
  • Alexis Beechen: CEO, The Drop
  • Allen Saakyan: Interviewing the Greatest Minds, Simulation
  • Ambrose Price Iii: Founder & CEO, Ambrose Madison
  • Anand Gandhi: CFO, Skillshare
  • Andrea Vossler: Lawyer and VC , Varia Ventures
  • Andrey Osipov: Founder & CEO, Visual Craft
  • Andy Saldaña: Executive Director/ Co-Founder, NY Tech Alliance/ QueerTech
  • Angela Fisher: Founder, Neufluence
  • Angelique Mercurio: Founder & CEO, EnerKnol
  • Anna La Germaine
  • Anna Degtereva: CEO & Founder, Happy Farm Business Accelerator
  • Anne Augusta Blum: Program Manager, German Accelerator Tech
  • Aparna Srinivasan: Founder & CEO, SpotOn
  • Arsen Pereymer: Founder & Managing Partner, Appument Ventures
  • Ashantha Kaluarachchi: Managing Director, StartEd Accelerator
  • Beatriz Helena Ramos: Founder , DancingDiablo, DADA.nyc
  • Bobby Palmieri: CEO, Lilo Social
  • Bonnie Halper: Founder, Startup One Stop
  • Brandon Burke: Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer, LegWorks
  • Brian Stuckey: Principal , CoVenture
  • Brian M Pasalich: Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder, Syntoniq
  • Bryan Janeczko: Founder, Wicked Start
  • Carolyn Katz: Public Company Director, Multiple Companies
  • Changhao Wei: Program Manager, Medtronic
  • Charlie Kim: Founder & CEO, Next Jump
  • Charlie Tillett: Consulting CFO, Equilibrium Ventures
  • Cheryl Kallem: Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • Chhavi Singh: Co-founder, Viwo
  • Christina Sass: Cofounder & Chair, Advisory Council & Alumni Network at Andela, Andela
  • Çigdem A Binal: Director, L-Spark/Wesley Clover
  • Claire Mc Taggart: Founder & CEO, Square Peg Hires
  • Clara Luo: VP, Director of Strategic Growth, BAV Group
  • Conchita Galdón: CEO & Founder / Manager, Puentes Global / Area 31 @ IE Business School
  • Conrad Egusa: CEO, Publicize
  • Corey Menscher: Founder & CEO , Perceptive Things
  • Cory Crosland: President, Croscon
  • Courtney Brand: Founder of , The Lighthouse
  • Daisy Conroy, Hodge
  • Dan Nelson: Co-Founder & CEO, Gro Computer
  • Dan Bratshpis: CEO, Inshur
  • Daniel Rothman: Healthcare Entrepreneur, Empire Angels / Mid Atlantic Bio Angels
  • Daniel Seidman: Founder / CEO, Clean Cloud Solutions
  • Danny Potocki: Founder, Finis Ventures
  • Dav Masaon: Co-Founder, Zanda
  • David Beatty: Founder, Golden Seeds
  • David Olaniyan: Founder, GameBase Inc.
  • David Odrich: Partner, Pillsbury
  • David A. Rosen: CEO, TechX Foundry
  • David Silverstein: Founder, Ned
  • David S. Rose: CEO, Gust
  • Dean Soukeras: Founder, Carster Inc
  • Dean Hopkins: CEO, One Eleven
  • Devin Young: Co-founder and President, Classcraft
  • Diego Rodriguez: Partner, Magnolia Innovation
  • Dmitry Shmakov: Senior Tech Lead, thelighthouse.us
  • Duy Tran: Co-Founder and VP, Koç University 180 Degrees Consulting
  • Eavan Cleary: Design Director, Burns Group
  • Eduardo Neeter: Founder & CEO, FactualVR
  • Elizabeth Tsai: Founder & CEO , HiOperator
  • Emily Bell: Program Manager, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
  • Federico Salvitti: CMRO, Stateset.io, NYU Faculty, & United Nations Global Compact Advisor
  • Frédéric Harper: Senior Developer Advocate, DigitalOcean
  • Fung Lin Wu: Director of Retention Marketing, MongoDB
  • Gabe Zichermann: CEO, Failosophy
  • Gary Whitehill: Founder, Numerous
  • Gyan Kapur: Managing Director, Bayes Ventures
  • Hans Kullberg: CEO & Founder, EconoCast
  • Harlan Milkove: Managing Partner, Syntoniq
  • Henri Huselstein: Co-Founder / CEO, AUCTA
  • Hollie Haggans: Manager, Community Relations and Engagement, DigitalOcean
  • Hugo Renaudin: CEO, LGO Group
  • Inna Wolanski: Senior Director, Strategy & Analytics, Barnes & Nobles - Digital D2C Division
  • Irina Berkon: Member, Golden Seeds
  • Ivan Stamatovski: CTO, Easy Aerial
  • Jack McGowan: Director, Buffalo Angels
  • Jackie Trebilcock
  • Jacob Levy: Associate, SoundBoard Venture Fund
  • Jacob Geffner: CEO, BuyMyOrder Inc
  • Jake Benson: CEO, Lukka
  • James Shomar, Startfast
  • Janet De Frino: Partner, Golden Seeds
  • Jason Shuman: Principal, Primary Ventures
  • Jedidiah Weller: CEO, OpenForge
  • Jeff Stewart: Managing Director , Global Public Offering Fund
  • Jeff Lindor: CEO, Gentleman's Factory
  • Jeff Yellin: N/A, Prime8
  • Jeffrey Wald: Founder and President, Work Market
  • Jeffrey Silverman: Co-Founder and Managing Director, Laconia Capital Group
  • Jeremy Kagan: Professor, Columbia Business School
  • Jessica Millstone: Managing Director, Copper Wire Ventures
  • Jimmy Douloumbakas: Owner, NYC Closers
  • Jody Chesnov: Managing Partner, Rosenberg Chesnov CPA's
  • Johann Botha: Software Engineer, Google
  • John Matson: Digital Director, Voyager
  • John Siracusa: Founder, #BankSocial
  • John Gavigan: Chief Operating Officer, Cupule Ventures
  • John R Dallas Jr: CEO, Hillview Partners Network LLC and ENCLAVE for Entrepreneurs Foundation Inc.
  • Johnny Hwin: Partner, Studio Management
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder, Founder Institute
  • Jonathan Hakakian: Managing Director, SoundBoard Angel Fund
  • Jonathan Lui: Managing Consultant, Beth Thouin Consulting
  • Jonathan Grasso: Attorney - Partner, Pierce McCoy, PLLC
  • Jonathan Ebel: CTO, Verivend
  • Jonathan Brinson: Co-founder, Reveler
  • Jordan Walbesser: Counsel, Mattel
  • Jorge Castro: Co-Founder, ScienceVest
  • Jorge Torres: Managing Director, VenSeed
  • Joseph Jaffe: Founder & CEO, Evol8tion, LLC
  • Joseph Daniels: Partner, Co-Chair -- Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Group , McCarter & English, LLP
  • Josh Futterman: Principal / GP and Founder, ShadowGM / The Gauntlet Venture Fund and Accelerator
  • Josh Kleiman
  • Josh Williams: Co-Founder, Very Great
  • Joshua Aviv: CEO , SparkCharge
  • Justin Sherratt: Founder, Sortbox
  • Kamal Hassan: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
  • Katerina Dimitratos: Founder & CEO, Meddy Health Co.
  • Katherine Zamsky: Managing Partner, Carbon Ventures
  • Kathryn Minshew: CEO, The Muse
  • Katy Richardson: VP (PR), Publicize.co
  • Katy Kasmai: Founder, Team Exponent
  • Kevin Siskar, Founder Institute NY
  • Kevin Kovacs: VP, Blackstone/GSO
  • Kevin Qiu: Consultant, TechEx
  • Kevin Dawidowicz: President, CoachMePlus
  • Khalil Zahar: Founder & CEO, FightCamp (Hykso)
  • Kiran Pingali: Co-founder, CEO, TELK Group
  • Krista Brown: Design Strategist, Consultant
  • Kuji Chahal: Principal, Plexo Capital
  • Ladislav Jurić: Founder & CEO, Motus Vis inc.
  • Lane Campbell: CTO, Vue Ventures
  • Lauren Cascio: Co-founder, Abartys Health
  • Lindsay Siegel: Founder, LS Advising
  • Lisa Cuesta: Vice President, NextGen Venture Partners
  • Lisa Morales-Hellebo: GP & Co-founder, REFASHIOND Ventures
  • Liz Leahy: Founding Partner, Purple Sage Ventures
  • Lorenzo Thione: Managing Director, Gaingels
  • Luis Gonzalez: Co-Founder and Partner, Outbound Ventures
  • Maggie Chan Jones: Founder & CEO, Tenshey
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief Naming Strategist, Citronade Naming Agency
  • Marcos Polanco: CTO, Bellwether Coffee
  • Marcy Borofsky: Founder & Board Member, Smile America Partners
  • Marly Lake: Co-Founder & CEO, Curled
  • Marry Lemmer
  • Mars Shah: CEO, Red Rock Capital
  • Marvin Johnson: Co-founder, Dashible
  • Matt Melbourne: Business Development Lead, Republic
  • Matt Mandell: Principal, PayNerd.com
  • Matt Rodak: Founder, Fund That Flip
  • Matt Eventoff: Founder, Princeton Public Speaking | The Oratory Project | Damselfly Ventures
  • Matthieu Dejardins: CEO & Founder, NextUser
  • Mee Jung Jang: Co-founder, Jefferson Investors
  • Meghan Messenger: Co-Founder, Next Jump
  • Mehul Sompura: Founder, Diamond Hedge
  • Michael Solomon: Co-Founder, 10x Management
  • Michael Diamant: CEO, Skip Hop
  • Michael Letros: Strategist, FI Mentor
  • Michael Lapin: CEO, Beginex
  • Michael Zaytsev: Founder, High NY
  • Mirjana Perkovic: Founder & CEO, LookStyler
  • Mitch Wainer: Co-Founder, DigitalOcean
  • Morgan Hewett: Co-Founder & CEO, OptionsMD (Techstars '20 Grad)
  • Morgan Hewett & Kyle Pierce: Cofounders, Options MD
  • Nadia Genevieve Masri: Founder & CEO, Perksy
  • Nadia Shalaby: CEO, ITE Fund
  • Naeemah Brown: Co-founder & CEO, BodyElevated Inc
  • Nate Mc Cray: International Brand, Media, and Communications Advisor, Oxfam
  • Nir Markus: Founder, OKpanda
  • Olga Bartnicki: Managing Director, Techstars
  • Patrick Schoonveld: Director, RTB Product Management, Criteo
  • Paul Breloff: CEO / Co-Founder, Shortlist
  • Paulo Cunha: President, SeatGeek, Inc
  • Pavel Asanov: Co-founder, COO, Finta
  • Peter Egziabher: Venture Partner, GVC Partners
  • Pilar Fernandez Hermida: Founder i-Expand (We help Health Tech companies go global), i-expand
  • Rachel Loui: Chief Strategy Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Rachele Haber-Thomson: Founder, Co-CEO, Blue Dot
  • Rafi Tanzim Syed: Co-founder and CEO, Fuego Studios, Inc.
  • Rashad Haque: Corporate V.P., New York Life Insurance
  • Rasu Jilani: Director of Cultural Diversity and Strategic Partnerships, NEW INC
  • Reid Hamilton: Director
  • Richard Peterson: Associate Director
  • Rob Delman: Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • Rose Pember, Hodge
  • Rosemarie Truman: Founder and CEO
  • Ruth Ku: VP Finance, Buffer
  • Ryan Salerno: Technical CoFounder, Finta
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Ryan Smith: CEO, FTSY
  • Sachin Jaitly, Tessera Venture Partners
  • Sam Wils: Founder, Columbia Alumni Virtual Accelerator (CAVA)
  • Saul Orbach: Managing Director, The Beachhead Group
  • Scott Heiferman: CEO, Meetup
  • Scott Wayman: Founder & CEO, Kangarootime
  • Scott Landers: Co-Founder, Systems Engineer, Figure 8 Logistics
  • Sean Pohjalainen: Co-founder , Reveler
  • Selena Singleton: Director, New York Life Ventures
  • Sergio Escobar: CEO & Partner, BCF Ventures
  • Sharon Cryan: CEO, Food Nerd
  • Sharon Hsu: Program Manager, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
  • Shasha Yan: Founder & CEO, FINTECH
  • Shaun Johnson: cofounder, Startup Institute
  • Shiven Ramji
  • Sidney Nakahodo: General Partner, Seldor Capital
  • Sita Chantramonklasri: Principal, Future Positiive
  • Sneha Lundia Agrawal: Founder & CEO, Step2Growth
  • Stefan Klotzbuecher: Founder | Sales Director, FERRON, Audicus & Founder Institute New York
  • Stephan Freudl: Managing Partner, SEF Opportunities Group
  • Stephen Meade: Founder & CEO, MonetaPro
  • Steven Lubin: Board Advisor and Early Stage Consultant
  • Sumeet Shah: VC in Residence, Galvanize
  • Sunil Sharma: Managing Director, Techstars Toronto, Founder Institute Toronto
  • Szandra Ford: Operating Partner & Investment Professional, Republic
  • Thomas Fandrich: Co-Founder and COO, Quantilope
  • Tim Shisler: Consumer’s Beverages, Marketing Manager
  • Tobin Lent
  • Tony Jenkins: Executive Coach, CATAPULT
  • Veronica Guzman: Founder | Innovation Catalyst, WAMVentures
  • Vicente DyReyes: Founder & CEO, Craft and Savor
  • Victor Adefuye: Partner & Sales Architect , Winning by Design
  • Vik Scoggins: Senior Product Manager, Coinbase
  • Vince Scafaria: CEO, DotAlign
  • Vinnie Lauria: Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures, Singapore
  • William Butler: CEO, Journey Sales
  • Xuelan Zhang: Lead Software Engineer, Next Jump, Inc.
  • Yonatan Raz-Fridman: CEO & Founder, Supersocial, Inc
  • Youn Jung Chung: Founder, Dal Enterprises

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 billion. 

After Graduation, the new New York 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 90+ 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 New York Virtual Fall 2021 Founder Institute program has just opened up enrollment for prospective founders. If you are interested in learning more or applying, visit FI.co/apply/new_york.

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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $1 billion 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/journey

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