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The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching a new chapter in Tunis, Tunisia.

The Founder Institute decided to officially launch in Tunis after a successful trial period over the Summer attracted over 700 potential applicants. In fact, demand for the program was so strong that the timetable for the semester was moved up from the original plan. 

Applications to the first ever Tunisia Founder Institute are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply at http://fi.co/apply/tunis.

In order to celebrate the launch, the Tunisia Founder Institute will host a series of free startup events for the general public - to see the full list of upcoming events, visit http://FI.co/curriculum/tunis.

Tunisia has a vibrant startup ecosystem already, with a young, motivated, and talented technical workforce. By providing this talented workforce with connections to Silicon Valley and a step-by-step company building curriculum, the new Tunisia Founder Institute should supplement the existing infrastructure for startups and cultivate the next generation of Tunisian entrepreneurs."

- Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute

Through the Founder Institute’s four-month program, promising entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company with structured training, expert feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs. Since the program is part-time, it is also a great opportunity for full-time professionals to test and build their ideas before making “the leap” from employee to entrepreneur and quitting their jobs. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 60 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 3,300 companies, including fast-rising startups across 6 continents like UdemyRealty MoguliCarsClubItembasegoplaceitAppota, and many more

Founders who are building billion dollar companies around the world are no better than our Tunisian founders. The Founder Institute Tunisian Chapter aims to create a pipeline of solid entrepreneurs who can feed our local entrepreneurial system with an ultimate goal of building amazing global companies.” - Emna Ghariani, Chapter Lead Director of the Tunisia Founder Institute

Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Tunis are Emna Ghariani (Chapter Lead Director), Amine Chouaieb (Sponsorship Director), Ali Mnif (Partnership Director) and Walid Sultan Midani (Operations Director).

Tunisia can’t be a place for second hand products. With our graduated population, we need a shining economic revolution that can happen only through a dynamic startup ecosystem." - Amine Chouaieb, Sponsorship Director of the Tunisia Founder Institute

In addition, some of the leaders of local companies who have signed on to mentor the courses include Alia Mahmoud (Microsoft), Mondher Khanfir (Wiki Start Up), Zakaria Belkhodja (MENINX Holding), Adel Beznine (Boost Accelerator), Mouna Ayari (INTILAQ), Ismail Ben Yedder (Ingenium Investment Fund), and more. The full list of expected mentors can be viewed at http://fi.co/mentors/tunis

Anybody who is interested can apply to the Tunisa Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/tunis. Anyone who applies by the Early Application Deadline on October 11th, 2015 is eligible for a variety of scholarships - including the Female Founder Fellowship, which is offered to the best overall female applicant. 

Learn more about the Founder Institute at http://fi.co, or read the full press release of the Tunisia Founder Institute launch here.

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About the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute (www.FI.co) is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs "learn by doing" and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, aspiring founders are not required to quit their day job to participate, so they can begin building a business around their ideas without putting their livelihood at risk.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 180 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 3,300 companies, which have created over 25,000+ new jobs. The company's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

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