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

After meticulous selection process and intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints, constant evaluation, and feedback from investors and mentors, just 3 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 North Carolina's top startup experts and investors.  

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

  • PlanMyKids- a marketplace platform to help busy, working parents find, plan and purchase activities for their kids, personalized to their interests and needs while offering business that provide enrichment activities for kids, access to a sales and marketing network.
  • ARGONETA - a BlueTECH startup venture that designs, builds and operates ocean floor living spaces for short term use. 
  • FluidMemory - a startup that uses AI to enhance academic assignments, ensuring integrity, guiding students to ask the right questions, and validate sources for an enriched educational experience.

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

The graduation will take place on February 8, 2024.

North Carolina Local Directors 

We would first like to thank the Local Directors of the North Carolina Founder Institute: Gregg Armitage (CEO, FoundHuman ), Oz Merchant (CEO, ecomsellersHQ). Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in North Carolina that is conducive to building to great companies.

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

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

* Abdellah Aouf * Anthony Rotoli * Brian Reale * Burak Eryigit * Chris Hare * Christian Palombo * Danielle Livy * Erica Jenkins * Erik Severinghaus * Fawzi Itani * Gregg Bordes * Jenn Summe * Jennifer Dearman * Jesse Lipson * John Turner * Joshua Herzig Marx * Linda Sanders * Mariliis Holm * Mark Kelley * Merrill Mason * Ray Antonino * Reynolds Mwangi Mungai * Ryan Mc Bride * Scot Wingo * Steve Klein * Sunny Su * Tobi Walter * Todd Brengel * Venus Liles * Yemi Oluseun

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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina Founder Institute program is being planned now. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit

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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.

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