The sun never sets at the Founder Institute, and we are perpetually in a state of "go... go... GO!".
Such is life when your mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology-enabled companies worldwide.
However, we always tell our portfolio companies to celebrate the wins, so we are going to take our own advice and reminisce on what our amazing #FIworldwide network of portfolio companies, Local Leaders, and partners accomplished in 2018.
- Our portfolio companies surpassed $800M in total funding, seven of them were acquired (totaling over 35 overall), one of them was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 'Technology Pioneer', and another was chosen as a finalist by NASA for a Commercial Lunar Payload contract.
- Our Local Leaders pushed the startup ecosystem forward worldwide, launching one of Canada's first Super-Angel Funds, raising a $100M venture fund in Southeast Asia, and speaking before the U.S. Congress on cryptocurrency regulation.
- Over 100 new Local Leaders were added to the #FIworldwide family, launching our first ever programs in places like Austin, Brasilia, Cairo, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Oslo, and more.
- Some of the world's largest companies helped us launch our first vertical programs, across fields like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Food/ Agri-tech.
To see more highlights from the #FIworldwide network in 2018, check out the infographic below.
P.S. - Our work will never be done, so if you are interested in getting involved in any way, feel free to email us directly at regional (at) fi (dot) co, or apply to launch a company in our program.
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