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The Founder Institute, the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Atlanta, Georgia. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Atlanta after a successful test launch this year attracted over 160 potential applicants in the city.

Applications to the first ever Atlanta Founder Institute are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply at https://fi.co/apply/Atlanta.

In order to celebrate the launch, the Atlanta Founder Institute will host a series of free startup events for the general public -to see the full list of upcoming events, visit https://fi.co/curriculum/Atlanta.

The Founder Institute is the most challenging and effective step-by-step startup launch program for talented and motivated aspiring entrepreneurs. If you are serious about launching a startup, 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.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 65 countries and 180 cities, 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.

Running the Founder Institute's efforts in Atlanta include local startup leader Sheffie Robinson (President, Touco Direct, LLC).

Other technology leaders who have signed on to mentor new entrepreneurs in the first ever Atlanta Founder Institute program include top founders from the city, and beyond:

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Aj Merrill: Managing Partner, Valant LLP
  • Alphonso Jordan: CEO, YellowBird
  • Amari Ruff: CEO, Sudu
  • Andrew Ibbotson: CEO, Digital Assent
  • Ashish Mistry: CEO, KontrolFreek
  • Brandon Skolnick: Partner, Legion 13 Ventures LLC
  • Brooks Robinson: Brooks Robinson - CEO, Springbot (Atlanta FI), Springbot
  • Byron Morgan: Founder, Vinylmint
  • Candace Mitchell: Co-founder/CEO, Techturized Inc
  • Chrissa Mc Farlane: CEO, Patientory
  • Corregan Brown: Cofounder, ProjectLocker
  • David Moeller: CEO, CodeGuard
  • George Mashini: CEO, Catavolt
  • Guillermo Söhnlein: Founder & CEO, Fortivo Holdings LLC
  • Jason Crain: Co-Founder, Partpic
  • Jeff Nelson: CEO, Cinchapi
  • Jeff Hilimire: CEO, Dragon Army
  • Jennifer Bonnett: Director, ATDC
  • Jim Eckstein: Principal, The Angel Advisors
  • Justin Ernest: Founding Venture Partner, Next Gen Venture Partners
  • Lance Weatherby: COO, nCrowd, Inc
  • Matthew May: COO & Co-Founder, Acuity
  • Moira Vetter: CEO, Modo Modo Agency
  • Monique Mills: Founder & Principal , TPM Focus, LLC
  • Musaddeq (MK) Khan: Entrepreneur-In-Residence
  • Paul Valcheff: COO, MetroTech
  • Paula Collins: Coach, Flourish, on Purpose
  • Rachel Ford: Program Manager, Techstars Atlanta
  • Raj Choudhury: EVP, Operations, Moxie Engauge
  • Rob Frohwein: CEO, Kabbage
  • Rob Forman: Co-Founder, SalesLoft
  • Roshawnna Novellus: Founder, EnrichHer
  • Shawn Johnson: App Hero, Mobile App Hero
  • Sheffie Robinson: President, Bantunium Labs
  • Stephanie Espy: Founder
  • Tobias Wright: Technical Evangelist, Microsoft for Startups
  • Yuri Eliezer: CEO, Clientside
  • And many more to be announced.
Anybody who is interested can apply to the first-ever Founder Institute in Atlanta at https://fi.co/apply/Atlanta. Anyone who enrolls by the Early Application Deadline on {Early Deadline Date} is eligible for a variety of fellowships - including the Female Founder Fellowship, which is offered to the best overall female applicant.

Learn more about the Founder Institute at https://fi.co.

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About the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. If you are up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step program will give you the structure, mentor support, 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 accepts founders with day jobs and shares equity with all participants.

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 180 cities and 65 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs.

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