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 The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to unveil a strategic collaboration with the Polkadot ecosystem. This initiative marks the launch of the first-ever Web 3.0 cohort within Hong Kong’s Founder Institute core program. The partnership aims to blend the structured foundation of FI’s program and its global network with the cutting-edge technology of Polkadot to usher in a new era of startup acceleration and Web3 technology education.

For the last 15 years, the Founder Institute has been guiding early-stage startups by offering them essential resources, mentorship, and an international community. Our new partnership with Polkadot is a significant development, bringing our participants to the forefront of blockchain technology and equipping them to thrive in a decentralized world.

About the Collaboration

Starting May 28, 2024, our first-ever FI Hong Kong Web3 cohort is gearing up to make big moves into blockchain tech. Accepted startup founders will take advantage of expert direction from some of the leading figures in the Polkadot community. 

Community-Driven MOU: Reflecting Polkadot's decentralized ethos, the Memorandum of Understanding for this partnership will be managed with full transparency and in alignment with community decisions. Irina Karagyaur, Polkadot's Head Ambassador, will symbolically sign the MOU, reinforcing both organizations' innovative spirit. 

By integrating Polkadot’s innovative technology and vibrant ecosystem, the partnership offers entrepreneurs unparalleled access to new technologies and a platform for substantial growth. 

We invite builders, startup founders, and investors to join this exciting venture as we explore the limitless possibilities of Web 3.0

About Polkadot

Polkadot is a next-generation blockchain protocol connecting multiple specialized blockchains into a unified network. Designed as part of a broad vision for a web that returns control to individuals over internet monopolies, Polkadot builds on the promises of previous blockchain networks while offering several fundamental advantages.

About The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, with chapters across more than 200 cities and programs in over 100 countries. It provides aspiring entrepreneurs with a step-by-step program to launch a startup, including mentorship, curriculum, and a global network of entrepreneurs.


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