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The Founder Institute, the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Frankfurt. With existing chapters in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne-Bonn, Frankfurt is the 5th Founder Institute chapter in Germany. 

Applications to the first ever Frankfurt Founder Institute are now open, and anyone interested in building a technology company can apply at FI.co/apply/frankfurt

The Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the critical support network and structured process needed to build an enduring company, from launch to team and funding. Since 2009, the program has helped over  7,000 Graduates raise over $1.75BN funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events in Frankfurt, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program:

  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder: 7:00pm, May 22, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/342941
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session: https://FI.co/infosession
  • How to Build a Fundable Start-up Brand: 7:00pm, May 23, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/342934
  • How to Quickly Establish Safe, Reliable, and Compliant AI Startups: 7:00pm, May 29, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/342947
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 7:00pm, Jun 03, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/343418
  • Startup Success: Mastering the Product Discovery Process (Online Workshop): 7:00pm, Jun 11, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/347396
  • [Restricted] Venture Trailblazers, featuring James Currier (Founding Partner at NFX): 4:45pm, Jun 12, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/348987
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder: 7:00pm, Jun 12, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/342952
  • FI Spring 2024 Graduation: Meet the New Portfolio Companies: 7:00pm, Jun 14, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/348663
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 7:00pm, Jun 17, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/345644
  • How to Launch your Startup in Europe: 7:00pm, Jun 20, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/348154
  • How to Take a Value Proposition to Finding Product Market Fit: 7:00pm, Jun 24, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/342959
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 7:00pm, Jun 26, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/345137
  • How Founders Beat Anxiety for Peak Performance : 7:00pm, Jul 03, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/345691
  • How to Acquire your First 100 B2C Customers: 7:00pm, Jul 08, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/344384
  • Adam Robinson’s Journey: Bootstrapping Retention.com to $22M ARR: 6:00pm, Jul 12, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/348725
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 7:00pm, Jul 17, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/345738
  • How to Build a Personal Brand: The Startup Founders Guide to Thought Leadership: 7:00pm, Jul 24, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/343124
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas : 7:00pm, Jul 29, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/345762
  • How to Achieve a Product-Market Fit: 7:00pm, Aug 07, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/347125
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 7:00pm, Aug 12, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/344077
  • The Startup Founders’ Guide to Building AI Products Quickly & Easily : 7:00pm, Aug 14, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/347925
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 7:00pm, Sep 16, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/345876
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 6:00pm, Oct 30, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/344575
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder : 7:00pm, Nov 04, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/343314
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 7:00pm, Dec 04, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/345314
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 7:00pm, Dec 09, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/344770
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 7:00pm, Dec 16, 2024 (Europe/Berlin): https://FI.co/e/344889

The individuals that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Frankfurt include local startup leaders Amanda Fornal, Berlin Admin (., ex-Googler, ex-IBMer), Eva Dimitrova (Inventor, Go-To-Market Canvas), Ferdinand Muehlhaeuser (Lead Director Berlin, Founder Institute Berlin), Kai Malkwitz (Associate, Founder Institute), Mohammad Hossein Tavangar (Director, Founder Institute), Nathan Evans (Co-Founder fulfin / Local Leader FI Munich, fulfin - financing ecommerce), Rikke Klitskov (CMO, Founder Institute Berlin), Sara Maki (Director, Barclays).

Germany continues be a world-class country for building tech startups", says Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute. "Even though this new Frankfurt launch is our fifth city in the country, I definitely do not think it will be the last.

In addition, many of the region's top founders, CEOs, and investors have signed on to mentor new entrepreneurs in the Frankfurt - Germany Fall 2024 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Achaz Von Arnim: CEO, Esolv3
  • Adam Moalla: Managing Director, Moalla Ventures
  • Alexandra Vazquez Bea: CEO , Lenchen
  • Alexis Rawlinson: Co-Founder, Fieldbuzz
  • Andrea Helmerich: CEO, Andrea Helmerich
  • Colin Berr: CEO & Founder, MentorLAne
  • Corinna Haas: CEO, Inga GmbH
  • Daniel Nowack: Managing Director, Yunus Social Business
  • David Wills: Director Global ERP Projects, Merck KGaA
  • Gunjan Bhardwaj: CEO, Innoplexus AG
  • Gurdip Mudhar: CoFounder, CodeDoors
  • Jana Ehret: Founder, Co Work & Play GmBh
  • Kim Körber: CSO & Co-Founder, inga.
  • Malte Weiss: Founder, Onapply
  • Marcel Doepes: Head of Investor Relations, People and Projects , German Startups Group GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Martin Lacroix: Lead, Startup Weekend
  • Nelson Farfan: Managing Director, Ztarkbond GmbH
  • Oliver Vins: Co-Founder and Executive Board Member, vamoo
  • Patrick Pfeffer: CEO, aescuvest
  • Philipp Weber: Lawyer / In-house counsel, Banking Industry
  • Robert Koning: startup-coach, VC-Ventures GmbH
  • Rodney Younce: Geschäftsführer, Kouri GmbH
  • Sarah Steffen: CEO, Sarah Steffen
  • Sergio Chávez: COO, Cabasus
  • Simon Toprak: Founder, Trustedcars
  • Stefan Hauser: Managing Partner , Hauser Lacour GmbH
  • Stefanie Stanislawski: CEO, Predictive People
  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. The organization's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Join us in Frankfurt to build a great company in 2019. 

Apply to the Frankfurt - Germany Fall 2024 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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