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Janet Todorova is Co-Director for the Sofia Founder Institute program chapter in Bulgaria, as well as Head of Expansion at FI globally. Recently, Todorova joined FI Director for Global Marketing Rachel Sheppard for an online interview, to address some of the most frequently-asked questions among prospective new Founder Institute accelerator program leaders. Watch the full interview at the top, or scroll below to jump to hearing Todorova's answers to each of these FI Local Leader FAQs.

Are you actively advising startup founders, or already working to grow your own local entrepreneurial ecosystem? If so, learn more about joining the Founder Institute to launch a new accelerator cohort in your city, or joining an FI Local Leadership team!

New & Prospective FI Local Leader - Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Intro: Who are you, and how did you become a Founder Institute Leader? 

  2. What is your time commitment to lead an FI accelerator cohort?

  3. What are your responsibilities as a Founder Institute Local Leader?

  4. What is your favorite part about being the leader of an FI accelerator program?

  5. What attributes comprise the perfect FI Local Leadership team?

  6. What are the benefits for you, personally, in running an FI chapter?

  7. Final thoughts? Is there anything else you would like people to know about being a Local Leader?

If you are someone who is already actively advising startup founders or working to grow your local startup ecosystem, learn more about joining FI to launch a new accelerator cohort in your city!

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