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Now is the time to rebuild: the world needs entrepreneurs to lead the way in creating a better future, for everyone.

Whether you have already launched a startup or are still in the idea-phase, this is the time to act. 2020 brought havoc to our health, our society, and our economy, and what remains is a world filled with reshuffling industries and new problems that need to be solved. As we continue through 2021, every entrepreneur has an opportunity to play a part in helping shape that better future.

That's why we are excited to announce applications are now open for the San Diego Virtual 2021 program.

If you could use a structured process and a lifetime of support from San Diego's top investors and entrepreneurs to build something meaningful, then apply to the San Diego Virtual 2021 Founder Institute today.

We will be hosting several free startup online events in San Diego over the coming weeks, where you can learn virtually from top entrepreneurs from the comfort of your home:

  • How to Turn your Value Proposition into Product Market Fit : 10:00am, Jun 24, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/341483
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session: https://FI.co/infosession
  • How to Remove Bias from Your Startup Investment Decisions, with Loyal VC: 9:00am, Jun 25, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/350177
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 10:00am, Jun 26, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/339849
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder: 5:00pm, Jul 01, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/340255
  • How Founders Beat Anxiety for Peak Performance : 10:00am, Jul 03, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/341971
  • How to Launch your MVP with No-Code: A Bubble Workshop: 10:00am, Jul 10, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/352183
  • Adam Robinson’s Path to Bootstrapping Success: From Idea to $22 Million Revenue: 9:00am, Jul 12, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/348815
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 5:00pm, Jul 15, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/341270
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 10:00am, Jul 17, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/341369
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 5:00pm, Jul 22, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/343984
  • How to Build a Personal Brand: The Startup Founders Guide to Thought Leadership: 10:00am, Jul 24, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/343168
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas : 10:00am, Jul 29, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/341698
  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset with Lost and Founder Author Rand Fishkin: 11:00am, Jul 31, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/351967
  • Venture Trailblazers, featuring Warren Packard (Operating Partner at AI Fund): 9:00am, Aug 22, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/351774
  • Ask an Investor Anything: Q&A with a Venture Capitalist: 5:00pm, Aug 26, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/341823
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 5:00pm, Aug 28, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/345850
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder: 5:00pm, Sep 02, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/343264
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 5:00pm, Sep 09, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/344231
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 10:00am, Sep 16, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/342393
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 10:00am, Sep 23, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/343580
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 10:00am, Sep 25, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/344329
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 10:00am, Oct 02, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/342077
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 5:00pm, Oct 14, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/342470
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 5:00pm, Oct 23, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/344529
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 10:00am, Oct 30, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/344629
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder : 10:00am, Nov 04, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/343367
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 5:00pm, Nov 06, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/342175
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 5:00pm, Nov 18, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/344719
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 5:00pm, Nov 25, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/345461
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 10:00am, Nov 27, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/342570
  • Startup Pitch Practice: Share Your Idea and Get Expert Feedback: 10:00am, Dec 02, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/342277
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 10:00am, Dec 04, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/345365
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 10:00am, Dec 09, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/344828
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 10:00am, Dec 16, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/344947
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network: 5:00pm, Dec 23, 2024 (America/Los_Angeles): https://FI.co/e/342652

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities worldwide, the Founder Institute is designed to help you build an enduring business that can survive and thrive in this “new normal.” We do this by giving you a clear process combined with constant feedback from a devoted network of international entrepreneurs and investors. Participants in the 4-month core program also get access to a lifetime of support through the Founder Institute's industry-leading free post-programs.

The San Diego accelerator is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Ben Cote and Mike Sherbakov. In addition, some of San Diego's top investors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs will be participating as mentors in the program, providing expert feedback and evaluation. The list of startup mentors for the San Diego Founder Institute includes:

  • Aaron Keith: CEO, Buildify Systems
  • Abdellah Aouf: Chief Executive Officer, GO PLATFORM
  • Adam Montgomery: Fundraising Manager, Wefunder
  • A.J. Noronha, Greener Faster Fund
  • Al Bsharah: Interlock Capital, Managing Partner
  • Albert Chow: Principal, Anabatic LLC
  • Alex Bard: Founder & CEO, Assistly
  • Alex Green: Founder, Kanshi LLC
  • Alexa Ramos: Marketing, Individual
  • Amar Harrag: CEO, Allied Green Realty
  • Amir Emadi: CEO, Skylift Global
  • Andrew Gottlieb: Founder & CEO, No Typical Moments
  • Andy White: Startup Operations, Keshif Ventures
  • Angel Gambino: Founder, Angel Club
  • Annie Brown: Founder, Lips
  • Anton Monk: Co-Founder/ VP of Technology , Entropic Communications
  • Arcui Usoara: Founder/CEO, Iaculus
  • Austin Neudecker: Managing Partner, Weave Growth Partners
  • Aviv Shalgi: CEO, Solar Simplified
  • Bardia Moayedi: Partner, Snell & Wilmer
  • Ben Cote: Mentor, Founder Institute
  • Bill Fields: NC Market Leader for Venture Debt, Bridge Bank
  • Bow Rodgers: CEO
  • Brad Feld: Managing Director, Foundry Group
  • Brian Storms: no title, No company
  • Brian Ford: Partnership Director, Founder Institute San Diego
  • Brian Olearczyk: CRO, RevCult
  • Bryant Walker: Founder & CEO, TAVO Media Group
  • Carl Thomas: Chief Revenue and Business Development Officer, Hookit
  • Carlo Rivis: CEO & Founder, Innovation Discovery
  • Caroline Arzoo: Partnerships, TurboSBIR
  • Cassius Kiani: Founder & Head of Product , Mora.com
  • Chad Cazel
  • Chase Harmer: CEO, Wishes
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Chris Capdevila: Founder & Former CEO, LogicalApps
  • Chris Carter: CEO & Co Founder, VideoFort
  • Chris Foltz: Entrepreneur In Residence, Founder Institute + Responsible Solutions Ltd + IRG 100 CMO's & Change Agents
  • Christina Adams, Innovation and Frontier Technologies
  • Christine "Chrissy" McDannell: Principle, The Magnolia Firm
  • Cleve Adams: Principal
  • Coco Sellman: Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, Remarkable Ventures
  • Courtney Gant: CEO & Co-Founder, Skooltopia
  • Craig Swiatek: Investment Advisor
  • Craig Cummings: General Partner, Moonshots Captial
  • Dan O'neill: VP Engineering, Certona
  • Dan Chapman: Founder, Dan Chapman Consulting
  • Dane Drotts: CoFounder, TangoCode
  • Daniel O'neil: Executive Director, Smart Chicago Collaborative
  • Daniel Obodovski: Co-founder, Managing Partner, Diosys Technologies LLC
  • Daniel Arroyo: President & CTO, AstroPrint
  • Daniel Shires: Consultant, Independent
  • Darryl Rettig: Co Founder & CTO, DonationMatch
  • Dave Tompkins: Founder, 550 Capital Partners
  • David Stevens: Founder & CEO, Hydroponic Creations
  • David Metzler: Managing Director, Serenity Ventures
  • David Steel: CEO, EveryoneLinked
  • David Baird
  • DC Palter: Angel Investor, Tech Coast Angels
  • Dennis Volpe: Partner, Leadership Research Institute
  • Derren Burrell: Venture Capitalist, Veteran Ventures
  • Derrick Oien: CEO & Founder
  • Ed Cleary: Principal, Root Strategy Group
  • Ellen Chang: Partner, Lightspeed Innovations
  • Emily McMahan: Partner, Academy Investor Network
  • Eric Grab: Aspiring Explorer, Technologist, Advisor, and Coach, Formerly: Amazon, Booz Allen, DivX, Jaunt, San Diego State
  • Eric Weiss: Executive Coach, Full Cycle Executive Coaching
  • Erik Smolinski
  • Ernestine Fu: General Partner, Brave Capital
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, FINIEN
  • Farooq Anjum, Ph D: Co Founder & CEO, Gro Guru
  • Florent Groberg: Azure Global Government Expansion, Microsoft
  • Flossie Hall: Director Of Community Relations, Stella Labs
  • Frank Peters: Founder & Host, Frank Peters Show
  • Frank Mastronuzzi: Founding Partner, Punch Financial
  • Fred Morrison: CEO, Simplexity
  • Gary Raju
  • Gaurav Bhattacharya: CEO, Involve.ai
  • Gaurav Bhattacharya: CEO & Co-Founder , Involve.ai
  • Genevieve Le Marchal: Managing Partner, Suncoast Ventures
  • George Stepancich: CEO, Invisionate
  • George Ploss
  • Gina Campbell: Strategy & Demand Gen (Direct to Consumer Group), SONY, Formerly DivX, MP3.com.
  • Grant Creighton: CEO & Founder, LooperLink - LOOPER Golf
  • Grant Winns: CEO, Yuna
  • Greg Call, The Veteran Fund
  • Greg Moser: President & CTO, ShipCalm
  • Hayley Evans: Co Founder, Women Making Waves
  • Ian Suttle: Engineering Director, Google
  • Irina Kukuyeva PhD: AI due diligence, Kukuyeva Consulting
  • Iva Teixeira: CEO, The Good Face Project
  • Jacob Sapochnick: CEO, Sapochnick Law Firm
  • James Schmachtenberger: CEO, Neurohacker Collective
  • James Africano: General Partner, Regolith Ventures
  • James Hereford: Co-Founder, Launch Factory
  • Jason Pang: CEO, InvolveHub, Inc.
  • Jason Liebrecht: VP of Technology, Activbody Inc
  • Jason Zinn: Partner, Emerged, Inc.
  • Jeff Smith: CEO, Growth Catalyst
  • Jennifer Pilcher: Founder & CEO , Strategic Military Communications, LLC
  • Jenny Rodriguez: CEO & Founder, IVOREEZ
  • Jerome Soucy: People & Operations, Hykso FightCamp
  • Jess Ewart: Senior Partner, New World Ventures
  • Jesse S: Principal, Terra Legacy
  • Jessica Pratt: Senior Vice President of Sales, Pop & Bottle
  • Jim Carlson: Founder, DFL Technology
  • Joe Bezdek: Co-founder, DivX, Inc.
  • John Zdanowski: Co-Founder, Assembled Brands
  • John Stilo: Head of Finance, Moov
  • Jon Carder: CoFounder and CEO , Empyr
  • Jon Carder: CEO, Vessel Health
  • Jonah Peake: Founder, the Social Coyote
  • Joris Delanoue
  • Jose Doval: CEO & Founder , XBand Sports
  • Joshua Awad, eGateway Vapital
  • Juan Toledano: CoFounder, Sundaze
  • Judy Tsuei: Founder, Wild Hearted Words
  • Justin Renfro: Director of Partnerships, WeFunder
  • Justin Nahama: Partner, FisherBroyles, LLP
  • Kelly Conkright: Founder, The Brand Terminal
  • Ken Wahlster: Founder & CEO, BikeBandit.com
  • Ken Davenport: CEO, Mission Edge
  • Kim Walpole: Co-Founder / CEO, Trials.ai
  • Lance Cottrell: Founder, Feel the Boot
  • Larry Kesslin: Chief Connector, Spire
  • Lauren Rowley: Director of Investor Relations, Stella Impact Capital
  • Lee Mills: CEO, Pixly
  • Leo Spiegel: Managing Partner, Mission Ventures
  • Lisa Song Sutton: General Partner, The Veteran Fund
  • Louie Balasny: Director of Tech and VC, First Republic Bank
  • Lucas Root: Founder, CEO, SGIC Consulting
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief of Strategy, Feral (thinkferal.com)
  • Marc Spencer: Founder, The Recharge Group
  • Maria Pope: Community Manager, Republic
  • Mark How: CEO, NewGrowth & Origins eCommerce
  • Mark Schmid: CEO, Art Function
  • Mark Divine: Navy SEAL, Author and CEO, Unbeatable, LLC
  • Martín Martinez: Founding & Executive Director, Founder Institute Texas
  • Matthew Hedayat: CEO and COO, Stanford Technical Group
  • Melissa Li: Managing Partner and Head of Community, Dorm Room Fund
  • Merrin Muxlow: Executive Director, TiE South Coast
  • Michael Davidovich: Founder, Direct EDI, Inc.
  • Michael Floyd: Software Engineering and Product Management Leader, Freelance Software Engineering and Product Management Consultant
  • Michaela Keady: Michaela Keady, Zendesk
  • Michel Kripalani: CEO, Oceanhouse Media
  • Mike Sherbakov: General Partner, The Veteran Fund
  • Mike Steadman: CEO, IRONBOUND Media
  • Mysty Rusk: Executive Director, USD School of Business
  • Nate Mason: VC, Starburst Aero
  • Nate Parsons: Limited Partner, The Veteran Fund
  • Neal Bloom: Managing Partner, Interlock Capital
  • Neil Senturia: CEO, Blackbird Ventures
  • Nektar Baziotis: Founder, ICARUS
  • Nelly Yusupova: Founder, TechSpeak.co
  • Nerissa Zhang: CEO, Bright App
  • Noah Wallach: Founder, Hope OS
  • Oliver Muoto
  • Pablo A. Fernandez: CEO, Secret Table
  • Parker Harris: CEO, Junto Global
  • Pat Walsh: Co-Founder / Chief Impact Officer
  • Paula Sweis: Principal, SILVERWEISS International
  • Pete Biggam: Director / Mentor / Advisor, Founder Institute
  • Pete Di Salvo: CEO, Data Capable
  • Peter Shaw: Managing Director , Procopio Business Advisors
  • Ramesh Dontha
  • Rebeca Hwang: GP, Kalei Ventures
  • Regina Bernal: CEO, Trailblazer
  • Reid Carr: CEO & Founder, Red Door Interactive
  • Rhana Pytell Kozak: CEO & Founder , BRIGHTERSTEP
  • Ricardo Dos Santos: Sr Director of New Business Development , Biological Dynamics
  • Rick Valencia: Founder, ProfitLine
  • Rishi Sharma: West Coast Lead , Newlin VC
  • Robert Pruter: CRO, SPHER, Inc.
  • Rocco Cortese: President, Entrepreneurs Organization (E.O.)
  • Roger Rappoport: Partner, Procopio
  • Rosie Arango: COO, Bright App
  • Rupak Doshi: CEO, TurboSBIR
  • Russell Brand: CEO & Founder, Responsible Solutions Limited
  • Russell Wardhaugh: PEO Consultant, TriNet
  • Ryan Tseng: Co Founder, Warehouse Innovations
  • Ryan Micheletti: Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute
  • Saba Karim: Entrepreneur & Investor, Techstars
  • Safa Aliabadi: Managing Director- Innovation & Tech Banking , Citizens Private Bank
  • Sagar Pande: Co-founder, Blaze Power
  • Sameer Sortur: Founding Partner, SquareCircle Ventures
  • Samuel Riehn: Chief Executive Officer, SBIR Advisors Inc.
  • Sara Ledterman: General Partner, 3+ Ventures
  • Sarah Apsel: Angel Investor, 37 Angels
  • Scot Chisholm: CEO & Chairman, StayClassy
  • Scott Davis: Director of Veteran Entrepreneuership, PenFed Foundation
  • Shahi Ghanem: Managing Director, WI Harper Group
  • Shahin Enayati: Managing Director, Made Noble Corporation
  • Shaiwal Priyadarshi: CTO, Co-Founder, MetaMedia
  • Shaun Alger: CRO, Volohaus
  • Stacey Cooper: Partner, Stacey Cooper Law
  • Stanley McChrystal: CEO and CoFounder, McChrystal Group
  • Steven Morley: Business Advisor, Success4Execs
  • Stuart Volkow: Program Manager, UCSD
  • Taj Adhav: Founder, Leasecake
  • Tanaka Mawindi
  • Tarun Gulati: Founder & CEO, Adios
  • Tay Nguyen: Owner, Gate Consulting
  • Taylor Mc Lemore: Managing Director, Techstars
  • Tim Hsia: Managing Partner, Context VC
  • Tirrell Payton: Tirrell Payton - Founder & CEO, Kaliki (San Diego FI), Kaliki
  • Todd Goldstein: EVP, Global Partnerships & Business Development, Talent Inc.
  • Tom Walpole: CTO, TrialsAi
  • Trevor Longino: Founder & CEO, CrowdTamers
  • Troy Hazard: Global President, Entrepreneurs Organization
  • Ty Vachon: CEO, ORA Informatics
  • Tyson Mc Dowell: President, Avadyne Health
  • Yann Deredec: CEO, Yama Group
  • Yemi Oluseun: Growth & GTM For FinTechs, The Change Hive

  • And many more to be announced.

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  7,000 Alumni raise over $1.75BN funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more (see the FI 10 Year Impact Report here).

Join us in San Diego to help build the future. 

Apply to the San Diego Virtual 2021 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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