In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs participate in weekly training and feedback sessions that are led by Founder Institute Mentors.

Our Mentors provide the passion, experience, and support that helps our Founders launch meaningful and enduring companies.

The Founder Institute is about practical, actionable training and feedback - not theory. To achieve this, we bring in experienced Founders and CEOs to give our companies the most relevant and valuable advice. In a confidential setting, they share horror stories, best practices, and realistic feedback to help our Founders avoid "rookie mistakes" and be successful. &nbsp:

In the upcoming San Diego 2018 (POSTPONED) Semester, we have secured a truly exceptional roster of Founder Institute Mentors, including many from out of town.

See the full list below:

  • Adam Swiecki: Founder, Swiecki Enterprises
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Al Bsharah: Al Bsharah, VP Data and Analytics (San Diego FI) , Seismic
  • Alan Cole: Alan Cole - CEO, GovX (San Diego FI), Gov X
  • Albert Chow: CFO & SVP Operations , PrimaCinema
  • Amanda Lettmann: CEO, COO & Co-Founder, Kardia Ventures/ SimpleDisability, Inc.
  • Amy Chang: CEO, Delta Nutrassentials
  • Andrew Beinbrink: CEO, SportsForce
  • Andy White: Startup Advocate, Downtown San Diego Partnership
  • Anton Monk: Co-Founder/ VP of Technology , Entropic Communications
  • Bryan Hall: Principal Architect (San Diego FI), Seismic
  • Charlie Jackson: Founder, Silicon Beach Software
  • Chris Studer: Founder & Former CEO, ScholarPoint Financial
  • Chris Carter: CEO & Co Founder, VideoFort
  • Cliff Boro: Managing Partner , The Team Group, LLC.
  • Craig Hagopian: CEO & Founder, Chalk Media Holdings, Inc.
  • Dan O'neill: VP Engineering, Certona
  • David Stevens: Founder & CEO, Hydroponic Creations
  • Derrick Oien: CEO & Founder, ScoreStream
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, Finien
  • Fabrice Gould: Founder & CEO, Diggen
  • Farooq Anjum, Ph D: Co Founder & CEO, Gro Guru
  • Gary Rayner: Founder & CEO, LifeProof
  • Gioia Messinger: Gioia Messinger - Founder and Chairman, Avaak, Inc. (San Diego/Orange County FI), LinkedObjects, Inc.
  • Grant Creighton: CEO & Founder, LooperLink - LOOPER Golf
  • Greg Hallinan: Founder & CEO, ModMedia, Inc
  • Ian Lerner: CEO & Co-Founder, X-Digital Systems Inc.
  • Iva Teixeira: CEO, Evertio
  • Jason Pang: COO, WHIFF, Inc
  • Jay Tsao: CEO & Founder, GM Technologies
  • Joe Bezdek: Co-founder, DivX, Inc.
  • John Girard: CEO, CIENCE
  • Jon Carder: CoFounder and CEO , Empyr
  • Jordan Greenhall: Co-Founder & Former CEO, DivX
  • Ken Ong: Senior Vice President,
  • Ken Wahlster: Founder & CEO,
  • Kim Walpole: CEO & Co Founder,
  • Liz Gasser: Managing Partner, High Camp Ventures
  • Lucy Beard: Lucy Beard - CEO & Founder, feetZ
  • Mark Hellinger: Chief Marketing Officer, InvolveSoft
  • Matthew Hedayat: CEO and COO, Stanford Technical Group
  • Michael Davidovich: Founder & Prior CEO
  • Mike Fleck: Vice President, Security, CipherPoint (a Covata Ltd. company)
  • Mike Alfred: Managing Director, Strategic Insight
  • Pat Walsh: Co-Founder / Chief Impact Officer
  • Patrick Dillon: Co-Founder & President, Deal Current Network, Inc.
  • Renee Zau: Co-Founder & CEO, DonationMatch
  • Rhana Pytell Kozak: CEO & Founder , BRIGHTERSTEP
  • Ricardo Dos Santos: Sr Director of New Business Development , Biological Dynamics
  • Rick Hernandez: Founder - Board of Directors, I DRIVE SAFELY
  • Rick Valencia: Founder, ProfitLine
  • Ryan Bettencourt: Ryan Bettencourt - Co-Founder, Cursive Labs , Cursive Labs
  • Ryan Tseng: Co Founder, Warehouse Innovations
  • Ryan Alfred: Co-Founder & President, Strategic Insight
  • Ryan Sit: Founder & CEO, PicClick
  • Sarah Apsel: Angel Investor, 37 Angels
  • Scott Tilton: Co Founder & CEO,
  • Sergey Sundukovskiy: CTO/CPO, Co-Founder, Raken
  • Stephen Meade: Founder & CEO
  • Steven Morley: Business Advisor, SBDC for Innovation at the University of San Diego
  • Taylor Cavanah: CEO & CO-Founder, Locai, Inc.
  • Tim Drees: Co Founder & Prior CEO
  • Tim Suski: Co Founder, Rush Cycle
  • Tim Norris: Co-Founder, J!NX
  • Tom Walpole: CTO, TrialsAi
  • Tom Marchesello: Director,Bainbridge Capital, former Special Ops Officer with Air Force Space Command
  • Trevor Jensen: CEO, Bullibone
  • Tyler Crowley: Tyler Crowley - Founder & CEO, Skweal (Paris FI), Skweal
  • Vidya Dinamani: Co Founder & Principal, Product Rebels

  • And many more to be announced.
                                     We hope you will join us in San Diego and launch a company in 2014.


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