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Today, perhaps more than ever before, the world needs entrepreneurs to build a better future.

At the Founder Institute, we know this is a time of great uncertainty, but we also know that economic downturns are a great time to start a business. This isn't just conjecture - it is supported by historical business cycles and the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs. The Founder Institute itself was started in April of 2009 (during the 'Great Recession'), and world-leading companies like Microsoft, Tesla, and Apple also took advantage of cost savings during a recession to launch and get their initial traction.

That's why we are excited to announce today that applications are now open for the Silicon Valley Virtual 2021 program.

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

Local COVID-19 Update: In an effort to #StopTheSpread and ensure everyone’s health and safety, this program is planned to be held online. Learn more on our Virtual Program FAQ page.

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

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities worldwide, the Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the devoted support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding. Participants in the 4-month core program also get access to a lifetime of support through the Founder Institute's industry-leading post-programs.

The Silicon Valley program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Mike Suprovici [https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikesuprovici] (EIR, Founder Institute), Ryan Micheletti [https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanmicheletti/] (Director of Global Operations, Founder Institute), Scout Tweedie-Yates [http://www.linkedin.com/in/scouttweedieyates].

In addition, some of Silicon Valley's top investors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs will be participating in the program, providing them with expert feedback and evaluation. The list of startup mentors for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute includes:

  • And many more to be announced.

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  4,500 Alumni raise over $950M 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 Silicon Valley and help build the future. 

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

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