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The Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, has helped more than 100 new technology companies launch in our New York City chapter in just over 5 years. Since its launch in 2009, FI has contributed greatly to the local startup ecosystem while providing mentorship from some of the top entrepreneurs in the technology industry.

Applications are currently open for the Spring 2016 semester of the New York Founder Institute.

While all of the New York Founder Institute graduates are exceptional, there are a few who stand out. The graduates featured below have all achieved significant milestones in the past year, building meaningful and enduring technology companies aimed at improving the lives of people all over the world.

CiviGuard, and Founder Zubin Wadia

CiviGuard is a reliable real-time service that lets organizations keep their people safe and connected after a disruption to operations. Since launching, they’ve been featured on several top media channels, including Entrepreneur and National Defense Magazine.

DADA, and Founder Beatriz Helena Ramos

DADA is a community of artists, where anyone can make a drawing and share it with anyone in the world, creating a spontaneous conversation.  Since launching, they’ve been featured on Product Hunt, Fast Company, and more. 

Easy Aerial, and Founder Ivan Stamatovski 

Easy Aerial offers turn-key solutions for real-time aerial data capture and processing using modular, autonomous robots. The company completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to start production, and has been featured in AlleyWatch

EnerKnol, and Founder Angelique Mercurio

EnerKnol provides U.S. energy policy research and data services to support businesses make investment decisions across the $1.2 trillion energy and commodities market. The company received an undisclosed seed round in November 2014.

InterConnecta, and Founders Luis Gonzalez & Alin Suarez

InterConnecta is a platform that provides IT product and services organizations with a way to calculate costs, plan, contract freelance sales and marketing professionals in real time. The company also has the distinction of joining the first cohort of the LI Tech COMETS accelerator program, dedicated to nurturing local early-stage companies.

Kindara, and Founders William Sacks & Katherine Bicknell 

Kindara is a fertility tracker app that has already provided thousands of women with the resources to confidently navigate their personal reproductive needs. Last November, Kindara raised $5M in funding from numerous investors.

Mise en Place, and Founder Vicente DyReyes 

Mise en Place (mepNYC) provides fully prepped recipes, with same-day delivery, to help urban millennials and parents get access to high-quality, yet convenient meal options. They were recently covered in the Village Voice, and are growing quickly.

Pathgather, and Founder Eric Duffy

Pathgather is a marketplace for online education that helps you discover and choose the right online courses for you. The company raised an impressive $1.5M in 2014, and is growing at a very quick rate.

SimpleReach, and Founder Edward Kim

SimpleReach provides content creators with universal measurement and optimized distribution for all their content campaigns. They raised $9 million in Series A funding in 2014.

Votetocracy, and Founder David Kraljic

Votetocracy is a 360 degree feedback platform that measures America's sentiment towards bills in Congress and legislators' effectiveness in representing their constituents. Since launching, the company has been featured on major media channels like PBS and Bustle.

Zipmark, and Founder Jacob Howerton

Zipmark is the safest, easiest and fastest way for any business to collect payments from their customer, or make payments to partners and suppliers. Last November, Zipmark acquired WorkingPoint, a leading accounting and billing solution.


If you would like to launch a tech company in New York City, apply to the New York Founder Institute today!

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