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Since launcing in Miami in 2015, the Founder Institute has helped launch several promising companies in the region, like Dronelancer, LiVi , and VoiceYourVoice, and our efforts in Miami have also been profiled by several high profile media channels, including the South Florida Insider, the Miami Herald, and the South Florida Technology Alliance.

Today, the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Florida Virtual 2020 Semester!

If you are serious about launching a startup in Miami and could use expert training and feedback, then apply to the Miami Founder Institute today, or attend a free event.

Those who apply by the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-26) will have their application fees waived (typically $50), and if you enroll by the Early Deadline you are also eligible for Founder Institute Fellowships.

The Founder Institute is the most challenging and effective step-by-step startup launch program the Founder Institute can give you the structured process, constant feedback and evaluation from expert mentors, and global network of entrepreneurs you need to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants.

In order to celebrate the launch, the Miami Founder Institute will several free startup events for the general public, where you can meet top entrepreneurs and learn more about the program:


Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more - like Udemy, Realty Mogul, iCarsClub, Itembase, goplaceit, and Appota. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200 cities and 75 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Running the Founder Institute's efforts in Miami include local startup leaders Enrique Sierra (Managing Director, Nadevco), Gustavo Fernandez (Managing Member/CFO, Royal Oak Kapital, LLC), and Juan Meza (Strategic Business Development Manager, Sony Electronics Inc).

In addition, some of Miami's top entrepreneurs will mentor founders in the program, providing them with expert training, feedback, and evaluation. The list of mentors for the Florida Virtual 2020 includes:

  • Aaron Chavez: Partner, Argent Strategies
  • Alessandro Annoscia: Founder & CEO, 1Apeiron
  • Alexander Loveyko: Attorney, ChaseLawyers
  • Angelo Biasi: FoundeR & CEO, MassiveU
  • Antonio Garrido: President, and Co-Founder, Absolute Sales Development, Sandler Miami
  • Benjamin Vides: Director, Products, Watsco Ventures
  • Bianca Diosdado: VP, Octagon Technology
  • Bo Megginson: Managing Partner, Gold Coast Angel Investors
  • Bob Nelson: Co-Founder, The Venture Mentoring Team
  • Brandon Evans: Purpose Driven Founder // Advisor // Investor Focused on High Growth + Social Impact Companies, 1heart
  • Brian Boroff: Founder & CEO, AdFone
  • Carlos Garrido: CEO, Absolute Sales Development
  • Carlos Romero: CEO, LiVi - Live stream by request
  • Carlos Icaza: CTO, RCTSports
  • Carlos Blanco: CEO, Pigs on the Roof
  • Carolina Forero: Director Digital Solutions, Visa Inc.
  • Cecil John: CEO,
  • Claudio Pairot: CEO, Puntilla Films
  • Cody Littlewood: CEO & Managing Principal, Codelitt Incubator
  • Daniel Buelhoff: Founding Partner, Springtech Partners
  • David Collado: Investment Banker, 1st BridgeHouse
  • David Koretz: Founder & CEO, Plum
  • David Zinn: Managing Director, Ocean Azul Partners
  • David Ufberg: Associate, Krillion Ventures
  • Dean Hatton: Founding Partner, Las Olas VC
  • Donna Abood: Principal, Managing Director - Miami, Avison Young
  • Douglas Scott: Co-Founder & CEO, The HighBoy
  • Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland: Managing Director, Laspainc Consulting
  • Elisabetta Bell: Marketing Operations Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Emiliano Abramzon: Co-founder & Head of Customer Success, Nearpod
  • Esteban Reyes: Founding Partner, Las Olas Venture Capital
  • Federico Halperin: Founder, Kubikware
  • Felipe Fernandez: Executive Partner, Altenergy & Ecosolutions
  • Felipe Sommer: Founder & COO, Nearpod
  • Gary Aksamit: Founder, Aksamit Resource Management
  • German Hornstein: Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Goutam Jain: CEO, Sygnius, LLC
  • Greg Taffet: Managing Partner and CIO, Taffet Associates
  • Gregory Sukornyk: Founder & CEO, Good World Games
  • Gustavo Fernandez: Founding Member, Royal Oak Kapital
  • Hector Figallo: Managing Partner, TamboWorks
  • Hernan Brana: Partner, MarketLogic
  • Howard Marks: Founder, StartEngine
  • Hubert Reinfeld: Creative Director, TOTUMA COMMUNICATIONS & DESIGN
  • Hugo Perez: Managing Partner, United Data Technologies (UDT)
  • James Irvine: Founder, 305 Works and Pitch Night NYC
  • Jason Blilie: Owner, Blilie Law
  • Jeff Brown: Founder | Accredited Angel | Mentor, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation, FIU SJMC
  • Jeffrey Harris: Founder, SpringBIG
  • Jessica Shraybman: CEO, Shraybman Law
  • Jim Ryan: Founder and CEO-Chairman, Talk2Rep, TechNearshore
  • Joe Tremols: CEO, StreamGuard
  • Joe Daniels: Partner, Co-Chair -- Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Group, McCarter & English, LLP
  • John Price: Managing Director, Americas Market Intelligence
  • Jonathan Cole: Managing Director, Rio Vista Advisors
  • Jose Rocha: Assistant Professor of Management, Gus Machado School of Business, St. Thomas University
  • Joseph Daniels: Partner, Co-Chair -- Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Group , McCarter & English, LLP
  • Juan Patron: CEO, The 2020 Agency
  • Juan Meza: Director
  • Kathy Chiu: Managing Partner, DeepWork Capital
  • Ken Roberts: President, WorldCity
  • Kerstin Holm: Founder & CEO, Summus Inc.
  • Kevin Levy: Shareholder and Chair of Technology Business Law, GrayRobinson, P.A.
  • Kjell De Orr: Managin Director, Newlink Research
  • Kjell De Orr: Managing Partner, Newlink Group
  • Kristen Corpion: Founder, CORPlaw
  • Laura Gonzalez Estefani: CEO, The Venture City
  • Leigh Ann Buchanan: Executive Director, Venture Cafe
  • Leonel Azuela: CEO & Founder , Quaxar
  • Luis Antonio Bergas Vilardell: Partner , AI8 Ventures
  • Marcelo Ricigliano: CEO, 4Geeks Academy
  • Mario Cruz
  • Mario Cruz: Founder & CTO, Choose Digital
  • Mark Volchek: Founder, Las Olas Venture Capital
  • Marshall Swatt: Founder, SocialSplendor
  • Marty Schultz: Founder, Objective Ed
  • Matthew Capala: Founder, Alphametic
  • Matthew Lally: CEO, Lex Lally Corp
  • Melissa Krinzman: Co-Founder, Krillion Ventures
  • Michael O'donnell: Principal, LLC
  • Michel Legros: CEO & Founder, Normandy Print
  • Michel Triana: Founder & CEO, Intelerit
  • Miguel Molina Cosculluela: Managing Partner & Co-Founder , Analytikus
  • Mike Lingle: Entrepreneur / Mentor, Tonic Studios
  • Mike Teichberg: Founder & Chief Consultant, InventivHR
  • Mike Dannheim: Founder & CEO at SENSIE, Former VP at Groupon
  • Nathaniel Vasel: Associate, Las Olas Venture Capital
  • Neil Kleinberg, DiliVer
  • Neil Steinhardt: Founder, ClassWallet
  • Nestor Villalobos: CEO, Tudor Ice Company
  • Nico Berardi: Partner, Magnetico Ventures
  • Oren Klein: Director of Strategy, Finaben llc
  • Oscar Perez: COO, 8Base
  • Pablo Trench: Founder & CEO, THE LAB IDEAS
  • Peter Livingston: Entrepreneur & Investor
  • Randy Wood: Co-Founder, Citrix
  • Rey Perez: CEO, &
  • Rob Delman: Managing Director, Five Mile Advisors
  • Rob Strandberg: Founder & CEO, Datamax Inc
  • Robert Robert Himelfarb: Partner, Randall Investment Partners
  • Rodo Novarini: Managing Partner, INCUBING
  • Rodolfo Novarini: Director, Founder Institute South Florida
  • Rodolfo Saccoman: CEO & Co-Founder,
  • Ron Tarro: VP, New World Angels
  • Ronaldo Bastos: Partner, Weston Capital Insights
  • Roxette Miranda: Co-Founder, 305 Works & Pitch Night MIA
  • Roy Wolman: Finance Director , Diamonds International
  • Ryan Whittemore: Chief Investment Officer, Florida Funders
  • Sally Outlaw: Founder & CEO,
  • Satish Movva: Founder & CEO, CarePredict
  • Scott Greenhouse: Founder
  • Spencer Lyon: Director of Industry Relations , Realdax
  • Sujee Jeganathan: Managing Director, Pursuit SCC Inc.
  • Terence Bentley: Cofounder, The Venture Mentor Team
  • Terri Ann Brown: Mentor, Venture Team
  • Thomas "Tigre" Wenrich: CEO, LAB Miami Ventures
  • Tigre Wenrich: CEO, LAB Miami Ventures
  • Tim Hasse: Founder, General Provision, T R I M
  • Timothy Cartwright: Chairman, Tamiami Angel Funds
  • Valerie Lopez: CEO, Shoot My Travel
  • Will Weinraub: CEO & Co-Founder, LiveNinja

  • And many more to be announced.


                                We hope you will join us in Miami and launch a company in 2016.


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