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The San Francisco Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the San Francisco Virtual 2021 program, a cohort focused in part on Bay Area cannabis startups.

Over 290 people applied to the Virtual 2021 SF program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just 16 companies were able to make it through.

The new San Francisco portfolio alumni invite members of the public to join them for a virtual cohort graduation online event on Tuesday, June 22nd, which will feature special guest Paul Rosen, Executive Chairman of Global Go.

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a great level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of San Francisco's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we proudly present the newest Alumni of the San Francisco program: 

The San Francisco 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 San Francisco Founder Institute: Cory WangJake Kuczeruk, and Jeni Chang. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in San Francisco that is conducive to building to great companies.

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

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

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Alexa Meyer: Co-Founder and CEO, Beam
  • Allen Saakyan: Interviewing the Greatest Minds, Simulation
  • Altif Brown: User Strategist, Constellation Network
  • Anu Shultes: CEO, LendUp
  • Anuradha Gali: Engineering Leader, @OXIO
  • Arun Nithyanandam: Co-founder and CEO, Cappius Technologies
  • Asya Bradley: VP | Channel Partnerships, Socure - Real Identity Verification
  • Aviv Shalgi: CEO, Solar Simplified
  • Ayush Bharti: CoFounder/CTO, Our Health Mate
  • Barbara Timm Brock: CEO, eTrack Tech
  • Bastien Berthon: Head of New Markets, Insikt Inc
  • Ben Larson: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator
  • Ben York: Director of Deal Flow, The Arcview Group/Arcview Ventures
  • Bow Rodgers: CEO
  • Bradley Mora: CEO, Spacestation
  • Brandon Steelman: Founder, Clear Gene, Inc.
  • Brett Fink: Managing Partner, Greater Holdings
  • Brittany Canty: Director of New Product Development, Braven
  • Bryan Fields: Cofounder & CEO, Eighth Revolution
  • Carlos Ochoa: Founder & CEO, Chilango Ventures
  • Caroline Yeh: Director of Procurement, Kiva Confections
  • Chris Foltz: VP Global Reach, Sensi Media
  • Ciaran Byrne: Senior Brand/Product Manager - Global Marketing, Abbott Vascular
  • Connor Hutcherson: Principle Investigator, Pall
  • Cory Wang: CoDirector, Founder Institute SF
  • Dan Arkind: Founder & CEO, JobScore
  • Dan Rubins: Founder & CEO, Legal Robot
  • Daniel Takabayashi: CTO, Laguro.com
  • Daniel Idzkowski: Co-Founder & CEO, SkunkLock, Inc.
  • Dave Tran: Co-Founder, Farechild
  • David Gimpelevich: Venture Scout, Kilby Silicon Valley Labs at Texas Instruments
  • David Gibbons: Managing Director, ESA/ESTEC
  • David Kuchar: CEO, Coral
  • David Carvajal: Founder & CEO, Cannavest
  • Diego Roman: Founder & CEO, Pelotea Inc
  • Diogo Ruiz: CEO and Founder, Bluezup
  • Dj Saul: CEO, Khalifa Kush
  • Dj Gregory: Project Manager, Skybridge Construction
  • Elizabeth Di Gaetano Andrew: Senior Sales, HelloSign
  • Emna Ghariani: Chapter Lead Director, The Founder Institute
  • Eren Bali: Chairman & Co-founder, Udemy
  • Eric Anderson: President , And One Technologies
  • Erwin Hosono: Partner, Kilby Silicon Valley Labs at Texas Instruments
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, Finien
  • Faye Sahai: Managing Director, Telosity Fund & Partner Mirai Global, Vinaj Ventures- Telosity.io
  • Frank Mastronuzzi: CEO & Founder
  • Frederic Voyer: Practice Leader & Advisory Director / Ex-FinTech Founder, RCGT Consulting & Swaaap.com
  • Genau L. Jr.: Founder & CEO, Yoobe.me
  • Giselle Bisson: Founder , Chain Reaction
  • Grace Robinson: Director of Business Development, Ello Capital
  • Haden Kirkpatrick: Head of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Esurance
  • Harmony Oswald: Founder & CEO, Legalucy, Inc.
  • Helene Servillon: Founding Partner, JourneyOne Ventures
  • Henry Lin: Managing Director, Point B Capital
  • Ian Richards: CEO, Fitchburg Management
  • Isaac Bock: Managing Director, AlphaRoot
  • Ivan Goldensohn: CEO, Valis Bioscience
  • J. Allie Morse: Head of Expansion, Postmates
  • Jake Kuczeruk: Business Development, The Arcview Group
  • Javid Jamae: Growth & Experimentation, Freedom Financial Network
  • Jeanne Sullivan: Investor, The Arcview Group/Arcview Ventures
  • Jed Katz: Managing Partner, Javelin Venture Partners
  • Jeffrey Mazer: Chief Financial Officer, WYLD
  • Jeffrey Finkle: CEO, Arcview Ventures
  • Jeni Chang: SVP Commercial Ops, VSP
  • Jenna Cheng: Director of Marketing, PullString
  • Jeremy Glassenberg: Product Management, APIs, Developer Experiences, Marketplaces, API Strategist
  • Jessica Chin Foo: Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, KiwiTech
  • Jimmy Ku: ., SmartBank
  • Johannon Olson: Partner, Kilby Silicon Valley Labs at Texas Instruments
  • John B Graham: CEO/Co-Founder, iObjx
  • Jon O'connell: Partner, Crowell & Moring
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder, Founder Institute
  • Jordan Crawford: Founder & CEO, Scout
  • Juan Polanco: Founder & CEO, Optimo Capital
  • Julia Selander: Vice President S.F, Essen International
  • Justine Reichman: Founder, NextGenChef
  • Karl Shaikh: Founder , Interpreters-On-Call
  • Kate Bunina: Managing Director of Bay Area, U+
  • Kelli Peterson: Principal, Managing Director, The Change Project
  • Ken Kruszka: CEO, SnapCheck
  • Kerry Jones: Former Co-Founder / CTO, HubHaus
  • Lesa Hammond: CEO, Profihire
  • Lizette De Arkos: Chief Strategy Officer, Phenotopia
  • Luba Lesiva: Founder & CEO, L4C
  • Madeline Duva: Board Member, Fluxx.io
  • Maia Bittner: Hustler, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Marc Gelfo: Founder & CEO, Modacity
  • Marcos Polanco: CTO, Bellwether Coffee
  • Mark Montalban: Founder & CEO, MindfulText
  • Mark Busch: Director of Corporate Development, Unity Rd.
  • Maryam Salehijam: Business Expert, MS Consulting
  • Matt Mc Ginn: CEO, Fly Beverage
  • Matt.M.Hill@Gmail.Com Hill: Founder & CEO, Elegen
  • Matthew Bradley: VP Machine Learning, SynapseFI
  • Matthew Pelnar: VC & Startup Attourney, Crowell & Moring
  • Mercedes Bankston: Founder, Jump Start Venture Capital
  • Michael Gorback: Partner, Corporate Group Chair, Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • Michael Sidgmore: Partner, Broadhaven Ventures
  • Michael Zaytsev: Founder, High NY
  • Mike Suprovici: Head of Acceleration, VC Lab
  • Mike Siebold: Advisor, FlowerHire
  • Mike Simpson: CEO, Omura
  • Monica Phillips: President, Spark Plug Labs
  • Nancy Wang: CEO, Advancing Women in Product
  • Nancy Birnbaum: Founding Publisher, Market Director, Sensi Media Group
  • Natalie Wilson: Senior Counsel, Hanson Bridgett
  • Nathan Yagoda: VP of Marketing, PLUS Products
  • Neil Gehani: Principal Founder, Katen.AI
  • Nicole De Meo: Founder, Outfront Solutions
  • Nitin Pachisia: Founding Partner, Unshackled
  • Olga Mack: CEO | Startup Advisor | Author | Speaker | Women's Advocate, Parley Pro
  • Omar Valle: Startup Business Development, Innovation Bay
  • Pascale Diaine: Principal, Storm Ventures
  • Paul D'souza: President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
  • Paul Rosen: Executive Chairman, Global Go
  • Pete Biggam: Co-Lead FI Santa Cruz | CEO @ Blacksite Solutions, Blacksite.Solutions, Inc.
  • Phil Libin: Founder & CEO, All Turtles
  • Phil McGarr: Co-Founder, Wunder
  • Qasim Salam: CEO, CreativeMorph
  • Renata George: Managing Director, Zenmen VC
  • Rex Salisbury: Partner, a16z
  • Richard Cristina: Founder (Bloom), Director (Founder Institute), Bloom Consulting & Founder Institute
  • Rishi Mallik: Senior Product Manager, Mobile
  • Rohan Sampath: Cofounder & CEO, Copilot
  • Ron Gentile: Founder, Moodfit
  • Ryan Mendoza: Partner, Scrum Ventures
  • Ryan Vinyard: Hardware Startup Consultant, Vinyard Product Development
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Samantha Ford: SVP Business Development, Protis Global
  • Sarah Falvo: Director of Community, Arcview
  • Sascha Karstädt: MD Germany
  • Sc Moatti: Managing Partner, Kilby Silicon Valley Labs at Texas Instruments
  • Sean Casey: Managing Director, Silicon Valley Space Center
  • Shannon Hattan: Cofounder & CEO, High Tide Distribution / Fiddler's Greens
  • Sidd Gavirneni: CEO and Co-Founder, Zeguro
  • Stephen Meade: Founder & CEO, MonetaPro
  • Sumit Mehta: CEO, MAZAKALI
  • Taylor Sims: Co-Founder, #HowSheWorks
  • Theodore Moskovitz: Founder, AMMA
  • Tiago Gavassi: Founder, PANIC LOBSTER
  • Tiarne Hawkins: Vice President, Playable
  • Tijan Watt: Managing Director, African Tech Leaders
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Veronica Guzman: Founder | Innovation Catalyst, WAMVentures
  • Vic Kapur: Founder & Managing Member, VisionPassage
  • Vincent Diallo: Partner, Interlace Ventures
  • Walter Roth: CEO, inward.me
  • Wayne Willis: Managing Partner, Nodal Partners
  • Yasmeen Turayhi: Global Product Marketing Lead, AdRoll
  • Zaina Orbai: Chief People Officer, The RealReal

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco Founder Institute Virtual Fall 2021 program is enrolling applicant founders now. If you are interested in learning more or applying, visit FI.co/apply/san_francisco.


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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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