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The Seattle Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Seattle-Portland Virtual 2020 program.

Over 110 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 five 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 Seattle's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the Seattle / Portland Virtual 2020 program: 

  • Flyte Notes, Inc - smart meeting notes at your fingertips, an automated note-taking platform to help business professionals take meeting minutes, listening to a call and converting voice to a precise text summary and action items.

  • FreshGrease - a maintenance reminder platform notifying users when they should service their assets based on usage, and providing recommendations for relevant parts and services needed to complete maintenance activity.

  • Sound Sustainability Group, Inc - a medical device startup founded by an Army veteran on a mission is to improve hearing health for everyone by increasing access, with a belief that everyone has the right to hear.

  • StoryGuide.ai - supporting people suffering from mental health issues with technology that combines the CareSpace.AI authoring educational platform driven by machine learning with storytelling. 

  • Turnagain Heavy Lift - air cargo without the airport, designing, building, testing, and flying multi-rotor unmanned aerial systems to deliver cargo to some of the most remote places in the Arctic.​ 

On January 27th 2021, DocuSign co-founder Court Lorenzini joined the entrepreneurs live, as the featured keynote speaker for the Virtual Fall 2020 Seattle-Portland Graduation online event - watch the video below:

The Seattle-Portland Virtual 2020 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 Seattle Founder Institute: Jeremy ZaretzkyLainey LeeLevi Velez Reed. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Seattle that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the Seattle-Portland Virtual 2020 program was supported by some of Seattle's top technology organizations, including:

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 $950M. 

After Graduation, the new Seattle 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 Seattle Virtual 2021 Founder Institute accelerator program is open for applications now - to apply, visit FI.co/apply/seattle.

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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $950M 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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