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 Oakland, California. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Oakland, with support from Port Workspaces and Gateway.
Applications to the first ever Oakland Founder Institute are open now, and anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply at https://fi.co/apply/Oakland.
In order to celebrate the launch, the Oakland 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/Oakland.
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 60 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 Oakland include local startup leader Mark Montalban (Co-Founder & CEO, iDEAQUEST.co), along with support from Entrepreneurs in Residence Ben Larson and Carter Laren of Gateway Incubator.
Other technology leaders who have signed on to mentor new entrepreneurs in the first ever Oakland Founder Institute program include top founders from the city, and beyond:
- Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
- Ankur Srivastava: CEO
- Ben Holber: CEO & Founder, YoDerm
- Ben Larson: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator
- Carter Laren: Founder/CEO, Inara Ventures
- Claudio Miranda: Co-Founder & Executive Director, GUILD
- Eli Salomon: Founder & CEO, Voga Coffee
- Eric Bahn: Co-Founder, General Partner, Hustle Fund
- Galen Lanier: CMO, Indus Holding Company
- Garrett Dodge: Co-Founder & CEO, RockBot
- Himakara Pieris: CEO
- Joseph De Wolk: Graduate Researcher, MIT Media Lab
- Joshua Rozario: Principal Consultant, The Joshua Rozario Company
- Mariah Lichtenstern: Founder-CEO, DiverseCity Ventures / CINESHARES
- Mark Montalban: Co-Founder, iDEAQUEST.co
- Matthew Holden: Founder & CEO, Maventus Group Inc
- Michael Gruber: Managing Partner, Salveo Capital
- Nitin Pachisia: Founding Partner, Unshackled
- Omar Valle: Startup Business Development, Amazon Web Services
- Paul Roethle: CSO, Founder, Peridot Labs
- Paul D'souza: President and CEO, The D'Souza Group
- Princessa Bourelly: Founder, Home Baked Co
- Rachel Sheppard
- Rajesh Setty: Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
- Trevar Mazza: COO & Founder, Peridot Labs
- Vishnu Datla: CEO, AutoRABIT
- Walter Roth: CEO, inward.me
- And many more to be announced.
Learn more about the Founder Institute at https://fi.co.
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 60 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs.