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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

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Vet-Tech is America's Veteran-led Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 military veteran startups in our community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

Startup Weekend


Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

Director Profile: Jeanine Jacobson

Jeanine Jacobson is the longest tenured Founder Institute Local Director, and as such she has been instrumental in growing the product, curriculum, and local programs.

In fact, while we currently operate chapters in over 170 cities worldwide, Jeanine launched the first ever chapter outside   of Silicon Valley way back in Autumn 2009 (in San Diego/ Orange County). Since then, Jeanine has also taken over the Los Angeles Founder Institute Chapter, and has undoubtedly played a strong role in building the vibrant startup ecosystem you find in Southern California today. 

In total, Jeanine has helped launch nearly 100 Founder Institute Graduates across her San Diego and Los Angeles Chapters - including some of the fastest-growing companies from our global portfolio like Realty MogulFeetz, and Embarke.

Prior to her work at the Founder Institute, Jeanine was the Executive Director and President of Athena, the premier organization for executive women in technology and life sciences. After serving in that position for seven years, successfully raising funding, and helping countless women grow their careers in the tech field, Jeanine left Athena and set her sights on helping budding technology entrepreneurs. As a result, she co-founded Startup Circle, a networking organization and community devoted to building a sustainable entrepreneurial hub in Southern California. 

That's when Jeanine discovered the Founder Institute. 

I was working with a group of tech startups who knew how to build technology, but had no idea how to take it to their idea to next level and commercialize it. In my search for resources I read about the Founder Institute, and it was a perfect solution. I knew this program could be huge for San Diego, so even though the Founder Institute didn't yet have the infrastructure for launching new chapters, I was persistent and helped them build out the process in order to launch the first San Diego Semester."

The resulting program was the "San Diego/ Orange County Fall 2009 Semester", which attracted a large volume of applications and ultimately graduated 11 new companies. Since then, Jeanine has led over 13 additional Founder Institute semesters, and won "Best Overall Director" at the Founder Institute Director Awards

In addition, she has hosted countless luminary tech CEOs as Mentors in her Founder Institute programs, such as Scott Painter (Founder & CEO of TrueCar), Brian Lui (Co-Founder of LegalZoom), Joe Bezdek (Co-Founder of DivX), Trip Adler (Founder of Scribd), Jason Calcanis (Founder & CEO of Inside.com, Angel Investor), Fred Joyal (Founder of 1-800-DENTIST), Jason Nazar (Co-Founder & CEO of DocStoc), Jimmy Hendricks (Co-Founder of Deal Current), and many more. 

But, working with world-renowned business leaders is not what drives Jeanine. 

The most satisfying aspect is to work with budding entrepreneurs at the formative stage, and watch as their idea evolves into a real company. I have had the privilege of working with amazing new founders that are smart, creative, and tenacious, and I get new energy from working with them every day." 

See a sampling of some of the fast-growing companies Jeanine has helped launch through the Founder Institute below.


Learn more about Jeanine Jacobson on her LinkedIn page, or follow her on Twitter @jeaninejacobson


If you are local startup leader interested in launching a new Founder Institute chapter, visit FI.co/lead

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