World’s Largest Pre-seed Accelerator Calling for Aspiring and Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in Need of Mentorship, Training, and Funding. Program Offers Perks from Selected Partners.

Sydney, NSW, Australia; Monday, 28 January 2019: The Founder Institute (, the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator, announced today that it is has added Chris Clark, the Co-Founder of Spark Festival to the Local Leader team for the upcoming Sydney Founder Institute semester. Chris has truly global experience having grown companies in four continents and overseen the growth of Spark Festival to become Australia’s largest startup festival, with 13,000+ attendees in 2018.

“What really excites me is helping founders in the early days, uncovering their path to grow quickly, raise capital and make a massive difference in the world. The Founder Institute has already changed the lives of so many Founders in Sydney and I can’t wait to help take it to the next level.” says Chris Clark, the Co-Founder of Spark Festival.

Since launching the Sydney Founder Institute in 2012, the program has created 65+ promising technology companies in the region, like CheckBox, GoFar, and many more. Any aspiring entrepreneur or team interested in building a company with some of Sydney's top startup mentors and leaders are invited to apply to the Sydney 2019 Founder Institute at, or attend a free startup event hosted by the Sydney Founder Institute:

The Sydney 2019 cohort will include the Founder Institute’s newest company-building program suitable to address the needs of advanced founders (MVP and beta stages) as well as aspiring new entrepreneurs at the idea-stage - a project just released in 2018 in collaboration with hundreds of startup leaders across the globe. In addition to Chris’ leadership, the Sydney Founder Institute Chapter will once again be led by local startup leader Benjamin Chong (Partner at Right Click Capital) who has directed the Sydney Founder Institute since 2012 and Paul Krajewski (Sr. Product Manager at Pivotal Labs).  

“We are very excited to welcome Chris Clark to the Founder Institute Local Leader team. He will undoubtedly provide burgeoning startups with the right advice on how to create a global company.” says Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute. 

Founder Institute helps pre-funding entrepreneurs and teams build an enduring company by establishing a critical support network of local startup experts that are invested in their success, and providing a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $700M. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Founder Institute Graduate companies include fast-rising startups across 6 continents like Udemy, Realty Mogul, Travelcar, goplaceit, Appota, and many more

Mentors who have expressed interest in helping Sydney Founder Institute participants include:

Adam Long: CEO, FluentDocs
Adelina Lalic: Co-founder, Kiddsbay
Adeline Chu: Mentor & Advisor, BlueChilli
Alli Baker: CEO, Workible
Amanda Suefong: GM Customer Experience & Communications, Greencross

Andy Edwards: Founder and CEO, GeoSnapShot
Angela Kwan: Co-founder, Catalyser & Board Member HaymarketHQ
Anthony Millet: Partner at Antler ANZ
Ari Klinger: Partner, Right Click Capital
Ashton Bishop: Head of Strategy, Step Change Marketing
Aston Domes: Lawyer, General Standards
Cate Hull: Managing Director, FreightExchange
Chris Clark: Co-Founder, Spark Festival
Christian Stevens: Chief Financial Officer, Tramada Systems
Clare Hallam
Claudia Barriga Larrivere: Head of People, BlueChilli
Colette Grgic: Chief Innovation Officer, BlueChilli Group
Danny Adams: Founder, GoFar
Dave Tong: Co-founder, Employment Hero
David Quan: Co-Founder, Traktion Digital
Dean Mc Evoy: Investor / Startup Mentor
Debra Taylor: Non Executive Director, Stone and Chalk
Elizabeth Kaelin: Head of Client Experience, Terem Technologies
Garry Visontay: General Partner, Right Click Capital
Ilter Dumduz: Co-founder, Blys
James Chin Moody: CEO, Sendle
Jeff Perlman: CEO, OneSaas
Jeffrey Cooper: General Manager, Step Change Marketing
Jonny Wilkinson: Co-founder, Equitise
Julia French: Managing Director, Founders for Founders
Katherine Maree Pace: Founder, ELANATION &
Kurt Falkenstein: Founder, General Standards
Matt Trustrum: Investor, BusinessConnect
Matthew Browne: CEO,
Maxine Sherrin: Program Director, Spark Festival
Michelle Moffatt: Director, ISACA
Nicola Rushton: Product designer & lean user researcher,
Phil Morle: Partner, Main Sequence Ventures
Rachel White: RachelCFO
Rayn Ong: Director, Ong Heng Investments
Rebekah Campbell: Co-Founder and CEO,
Richard Druce: Co-Founder, Y-Receipts
Rod Bishop: CEO, Jayride
Ryan Cross: Technology & Product Leader. Currently
Sean Pollock: Co-founder, Opus Medical
Steve Fanale: CEO, DriveYello
Tim Prosser: Start Up Business Mentor, Remarkable Tech
Timo Kugler: Founder & Managing Director, The Independent Innovator
Vinko Grgic: Head of operations, Jayride
Will Davies: CEO, Car Next Door

Anybody who is interested can apply to the Sydney Founder Institute at
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The Founder Institute is the world's premier pre-seed accelerator, with chapters across 180+ cities and Graduate companies that have raised over $800M in funding. The company's mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology-enabled companies worldwide.

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