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Founder First, Founder Always. Join us in 2022: Founder Institute is the #1 place in the world to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses.

Today’s economic 'New Normal' is full of reshuffling industries, and new problems in need of solutions - now is a time for entrepreneurs to act. 

Whether you need to test and validate early hypotheses before making a large financial commitment to your startup idea, or you are ready to push your startup to the next level through aggressive weekly growth sprints to refine your vision, improve key metrics, and prepare for investor diligence, Founder Institute has the proven processes and network to help you do it.

If you could use a structured process that tells you what to focus on when, and a lifetime of support from Caracas's top investors and entrepreneurs, then apply to the Caracas 2023 Founder Institute today.

We will be hosting several free startup events in Caracas over the coming weeks, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs all from the comfort of home:

  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online Conference) on 2:00pm, feb 08, 2023 (America/Caracas):
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 12:30pm, feb 09, 2023 (America/Caracas):
  • Startup Open Mic: Pitch Ideas & Get Friendly Feedback (online event) on 2:00pm, feb 15, 2023 (America/Caracas):
  • [Restricted] Venture Trailblazers, featuring Tim Draper (VIP Event) on 12:30pm, mar 06, 2023 (America/Caracas):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 1:00pm, mar 15, 2023 (America/Caracas):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 1:00pm, abr 12, 2023 (America/Caracas):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 1:00pm, abr 26, 2023 (America/Caracas):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 1:00pm, may 31, 2023 (America/Caracas):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 1:00pm, jun 07, 2023 (America/Caracas):

Make better, faster business decisions in 2022 by sharing your latest progress, challenges, and strategies for constant feedback and evaluation from our expert mentors and advisors, every step of the way–scale your team, develop new business opportunities, and recruit an amazing advisory board with the world's largest network of international startup founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors.

The Caracas accelerator is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including José David Acuña Monsalve (Local Leader, Founder Institute Caracas), Marco Villegas, Sandy Gómez (Valuation Specialist, Arca Análisis Económico). In addition, some of Caracas's top entrepreneurs will be participating as mentors in the program, including:

  • Alberto Parra: CEO and Founder, BRIX (
  • Alejandra Perez: Founder, Investability
  • Alejandro Echeverría: CEO and Founder, Fancision
  • Alejandro Ernesto Romero Saenz, Lotux Ventures
  • Alexandra Delsol: Partner, A2 Legal, S.C.
  • Alfonso Riera: Director, Front Consulting Group
  • Álvaro Miguel Cabrera: DIRECTOR, Founder Institute Valencia
  • Andrea Fabianna D'andrea: Abogada, D'Advice Legal
  • Andrés Mejía: Partner, LEGA Abogados
  • Andrés Urquiola: CEO and Founder, Val-u
  • Angela Ocando: Course Director, Platzi
  • Antonio Figueroa: CEO and Founder,
  • Antulio Moya: Associate, SquareOne capital
  • Aracelis Nass: Business Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Armando Goncalves: CEO and Founder, Apetoi
  • Arnoldo Matheus: CEO,
  • Astrid Chedid: Regional Director for LAC and Spain, Annual Investment Meeting
  • Boris Ackerman: CFO, Fanemotional
  • Carlos Perez: CEO and Founder, Entrein
  • Carlos Mosquera: CEO, Solidus Capital
  • Carlos Heinze: Co-Founder and Director, Tu Gruero
  • Carlos Echeverria: Co-Founder and Director, Fancision
  • Carlos Riera: CEO and Founder, Pimedeit
  • Carlos Alberto Aguiló Santamaría: Co-Founder, ECOEM
  • Carlos Eduardo Vargas: President of the Board, 1001 Ideas
  • Carlos H. Brandt: CEO, Proemprendimiento
  • Carolina Gómez: Co-Founder, Invertir en Chile
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Claudia Valladares: CEO and Cofounder, Impact Hub Caracas
  • Cody Isabel: CEO, CBAi
  • Dan Piestun: PhD, Founder, Director, AguaceR
  • Daniel Roitbarg: Innovation Manager, FI Buenos Aires
  • David Centeno: CEO, 123Pago
  • David Carrasquilla: Founder, Ustartups
  • Delfina Guedimin: Global Market Intelligence Leader, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Diana Espino: Managing Partner, SquareOne capital
  • Diego Borel: CEO and Founder, Geblix
  • Diego Salas: Board Member, VP, Head of Strategic Finance, Yummy
  • Elena Dolinski: Founder, UKANDOITGLOBAL
  • Esther Bergel: Lawyer, Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez
  • Federico Fernandez: Entrepreneurship, Solar Energy, Finance & Investments, OTEPI RENOVABLES
  • Fernando Ríos: Director, Startup Grind Caracas
  • Fiorella Torres: CFO, Agros
  • Franca Messina: CEO and Founder, BRANDINME
  • Freddy Montes: Lead Frontend Developer, dotCMS
  • Gabriel Monroy: CEO, Colektia
  • Gerson Gómez: CEO and Founder, Ridery
  • Guillermo Guzmán: GP, Indio VC
  • Gustavo Rivas: Director, Grupo Samán Capital
  • Haymee Irimina Perez Cogle: Managing Director, Founder Institute Luanda
  • Horacio Velutini: CEO, Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios, S.A.C.A.
  • James Tsikerdanos: Director of Sales Training, Smart Systematic Selling
  • Jean Clauteaux: CEO and Founder, Uriji
  • Jessica Olivan: Cofounder, Velara
  • Johana Duarte: CMO, Uriji
  • Jose Acuña: Director, FI Caracas
  • Jose Schmucke: CTO, e4Cash
  • Jose Miguel Farias: Founder, MásSaber
  • José Rafael Gamero: Financial Security Operations, Nu Bank
  • Jose Ramon Campos Castillo: CEO-Founder, Ozeanic Devices S.L.
  • Juan Carlos Fernández Alemán: CEO, Open Insurances
  • Juan Carlos Ruiz: Founder, Oplus Blue
  • Juan Carlos Castillo: Partner, Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez
  • Juan Jose Franco: Co-founder and COO, Future_is
  • Karen Colin: CEO, Startcly
  • Laura Fornasari: Finance & Business Development Consultant and Business Angel, IAE Business School
  • Lorenzo Camejo: Co-Founder and CTO, Fancision
  • Lucylde Gonzalez: Public Affairs Expert, StartYou
  • Luis Santiago: CEO, Pegasi Med
  • Luis Fernando Moncada: CEO and Cofounder, InCresc
  • Luz Aimara Morales: Directora General, Centro de Innovación y Emprendimiento UCAB
  • Marco Villegas: Director, FI Caracas
  • Marcos Capote: Consulting Manager, OMNIS
  • Maria Castro: CEO and Founder, Gigget
  • Maria Luke: CEO and Cofounder,
  • María Eugenia Chacón: CEO and Cofounder, Solventemos
  • Mariana Velásquez: Founder - CEO, BRANDDU
  • Mariana Jiménez Segura: Deal Flow, Amplifica Capital
  • Mariana Suarez: CFO, Ridery
  • María Victoria Díaz: Directora de innovación y consultoría, Smartbase Group
  • Marisela Cuevas: CEO, NeuroBusiness LLC
  • Martha Laura Lopez, SIPI FUND
  • Matias Mindlin: CEO and Founder, Pinta Libre
  • Miguel Melendez: Customer Support and Sales Representative, HQ Rental Software
  • Miguel Pérez: Head trader, Fivenca Casa de Bolsa
  • Mike Green: Co-Founder, sirrus7
  • Nelson Palmero Durán: Cofundador - Director,
  • Nicolas Pacheco: CEO, Clabe Ganadera
  • Noelia Rodriguez: ACS Services Sales Representative, Oracle
  • Oscar Costero: President of the Board, Wikimedia Venezuela
  • Paloma Lecheta: Regional Director - LatAm, Founder Institute
  • Patricia Monteferrante: Coordinadora del Centro de Innovación y Emprendimiento, IESA
  • Patsy Salgado: Product Owner, Kavak
  • Pedro Berroteran: CEO and Founder, Quipus.App
  • Ramon Scott: Founding Partner, InnovaRe Capital México SAPI
  • Ramón Escovar: Partner, ESC+G
  • Ramón Rodríguez: Co-Founder and Chief Investors Relations, RIDERY LLC
  • Randy Cottin: Founder & CEO,
  • Raul Perez Gurdian, Citi
  • Rebeca Vidal: Ejecutiva Principal, CAF
  • Reinaldo Valbuena: Co-Founder, Germinador
  • Rene Guerrero: Líder de Innovación e Investigación y Desarrollo, Corporación Ventures
  • Ricardo Castillo: Assistant Corporate Controller, Facebook
  • Roberto Vargas: CEO, Betriax
  • Roberto Dumerauf: CEO, Came Pagos
  • Roberto Pérez: Marketplace Associate, Finalis
  • Rodrigo Franco: Operations Manager, Folionet
  • Rolando Cruzado: President & Founder, PDMA Peru
  • Rosario B Casas: Co Founder, XR Americas, LLC / Business Creative Partners SAS
  • Rosmilar Ceballo: CEO, Atina Energy Services
  • Rossanna Ceccato: CEO, REDRESS
  • Samuel Gómez Milano: CEO, CoinGroup
  • Sandy Gómez: Director, FI Caracas
  • Santiago Cervantes: Head of Operations, One Game Studio
  • Sebastian Delmont: Principal Engineer, Artemis
  • Silvana Liscano: Head of Research , Lunchclub
  • Simon Chamorro: CEO-CoFounder, Valiu
  • Simon Rausseo, BAM Mentors
  • Susie Jaramillo: President and CCO, Encantos
  • Thiago Garcia: CEO & General Partner, 10X Partners
  • Thomas Bardinet: Director, Private Investment Firm
  • Vanessa Navarro: Lawyer, Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez
  • Victor Charles: COO/CFO and Founder, Coco
  • Víctor Hernández: CVO & CEO, HelloSabi
  • Wilbert Moreno: CEO, Celeritech
  • Yanira Caraza: COO, Startupeable
  • Yenni Peña: VP of Operations, Pygma

  • And many more to be announced.

Since 2009, Founder Institute’s highly-structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,500 entrepreneurs to grow quickly, know what to do next, and make key connections through the largest community of startup advisors in the world. 

It all starts with our renowned ‘FI Core’ accelerator, which pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth. Alumni of FI Core then receive free access to our advanced ‘Founder Lab’ accelerators for years to come, and can get matched with prospective investors in the FI Venture Network - a collection of global funds actively investing in the earliest rounds of funding.

The results speak for themselves: FI Alumni have raised over $1.75BN in funding, and are building impactful businesses across 200+ cities and 95+ countries all across the globe. (see the FI 50 Report here).

Join us in Caracas to get funded and build a global business. 

Apply to the Caracas 2023 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  


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