OpenToStart, by the Founder Institute, is a free online bootcamp to help anyone that is open to starting a company in 2023 get the connections and feedback needed to make the right decision. The January cohort is now closed, but you can submit your email for the next program.
For new and aspiring entrepreneurs, making 'the leap' can be scary, risky, and lonely. That's why we created OpenToStart specifically for:
Evaluate and improve your startup ideas
Connect with potential co-founders and collaborators
Get feedback from experienced startup advisors
Decide if this is right time for you to start a company
The 4-week online bootcamp consists of live workshops with startup experts, practical exercises, and multiple networking opportunities. You can jump in or out at any time.
The bootcamp starts off with an opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other aspiring entrepreneurs. In addition, you will learn the bootcamp structure and set your short-term goals.
Falling in love with a startup idea can be dangerous. This week will provide you with the basic knowledge, techniques, and tools to form and analyze ideas, and start the validation process.
Startups are rarely built alone. During this week, you will learn the best practices for co-founder and team relationships, determine your immediate team needs, and start your team-building journey.
An entrepreneur never stops pitching their ideas. This week will focus on refining your pitch and getting feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and advisors, to help you determine your next steps.
The real question is: can the Founder Institute be game-changing for your business? The answer is yes. Without FI, Udemy may have never raised any money.
Oddbox wouldn't exist without the Founder Institute. FI gave me the structure I needed to take Oddbox from idea to MVP but also pushed, challenged and guided me through the steps, insecurities and excitement of building an impact-led business.
The Founder Institute was instrumental in helping us understand how to validate our idea in the market, and helped us develop the entrepreneurial mindset required to build a startup.
It only takes 1 minute to register for OpenToStart. You can jump in or out of the bootcamp at any time.
OpenToStart is a free initiative from the Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped tens of thousands of employees and new/ idea-stage entrepreneurs validate, test, and launch startups worth an estimated $30BN BN+. Our mission is to activate and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build meaningful technology businesses worldwide.
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The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,500 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 95 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.