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Chicago Founder Institute Opens Applications for the Fall 2015 Semester

Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-20

Since launching in Chicago in 2012, the Founder Institute has graduated over 50 companies in the region, including some of the area's fastest-growing startups like Better Weekdays, DigitalGroundUpEasy Beautyand more. In addition, our efforts in Chicago have also been profiled by several top media channels, including BuiltInChicago, The New York Times, and more.

Today, the Founder Institute is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Chicago Summer 2017 Semester!

If you could benefit from expert training and advice to launch a technology startup in Chicago, click here to apply today

Those who apply by the Early Admissions Deadline (2017-03-26) will have their application fees waived (typically $50) and are eligible for Founder Institute Fellowships

The Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, with over 2,300 graduate companies spanning 170+ cities worldwide. In our four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs "learn by doing" and launch a company through structured training courses and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors. Plus, you are not required to quit you day job to participate, so you can begin testing and developing your startup ideas without putting your livelihood at risk.

In order to celebrate the launch, the Chicago Founder Institute will several free startup events for the general public, where you can meet top entrepreneurs and learn more about the program: 

The Chicago Chapter will be led by local leader Jason Jacobsohn, Managing Director of Reliable Venture Partners and an advisor to over 100 emerging businesses on investment and strategy.

In addition, some of Chicago's top entrepreneurs will help teach founders in the program, including: 

  • Aaron Dallek: Operations Manager, MD Metals
  • Adam Siegel: Founder, Cultivate Labs
  • Aditya Nath: Vice President, Uptake
  • Aidan Salvi: Founder, Wesapi Technologies
  • Alex Batdorf: Co-Founder & CMO, ZipFit Denim
  • Alex Campbell: Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Vibes
  • Andrew Lee: CEO, Esper
  • Ashish Rangnekar: CEO & Co-Founder, BenchPrep
  • Bart Carlson: CEO, Napersoft
  • Charles Kwon: Managing Director, Bridge Partners
  • Chris Sorensen: Founder & CEO, Lake Forest Venture Management
  • Christopher Rentner: Founder & CEO, Akouba
  • Daniel McCormick: Founder, Kapow
  • David Culver: Co-Founder, Adventerra
  • David Douglas: Founder & CEO, Yolobe Inc.
  • Desiree Vargas Wrigley: Founder, Pearachute and GiveForward
  • Ed Scanlan: Chief Executive, UpRight Law
  • Emerson Spartz: CEO, Dose
  • Eric Broughton: Real Estate Technology Executive; Co-Founder , ApartmentJet, Inc
  • Erik Severinghaus: VP, Rise Interactive
  • Ethan Austin: Founder, Pearachute and GiveForward
  • Gary Gaessler: VP Sales, Nventify
  • George Deeb: Managing Partner, Red Rocket Venture Partners
  • Irv Shapiro: CEO/CTO and Head Coach, DialogTech
  • Jason Weingarten: Co-Founder and CEO, Yello
  • Jason Randolph: Founder / & CEO, SHARE SAVANT
  • Jeff Judge: Founder, Measured Good
  • Jeff Weber: Co-Founder & President, SnagPad
  • Jeff Hyman: CEO, Startup Therapist
  • Jeff Hoffman: Partner, ColorJar
  • Jeff Lyons: Operating Director, City Capital Advisors, LLC
  • Jessica Zweig: Co-Founder | President, | SimplyBe Agency
  • Joe Dwyer: Partner, Digital Intent / Founder Equity
  • Joe Bezdek: Co-founder, DivX, Inc.
  • Joe Born: CEO, Aiwa Corp.
  • Joe Abraham: Founder, BOSI Global
  • John Ernst: President, Launch Wisconsin
  • John R Dallas Jr: Founder and Chief Alignment Officer, Hillview Partners Network LLC
  • Katie Hench: Co-founder, Infiniteach
  • Kelly Fitzsimmons: Co-Founder, HarQen & the Hypervoice Consortium
  • Kevin Taylor: Startup Hackerpreneur and Investor
  • Kristopher Ross: Chief Operations Officer, Lions of LaSalle, Inc.
  • Lane Campbell: CTO, Vue Ventures
  • Lauren Katzberg: Co-Founder & CEO, Stylisted
  • Lina Pakrosnyte: CEO, Urban Leash, Inc.
  • Louis Morales: Co-Founder, Lumia Marketing
  • Malcolm Lotzof: CEO, INXPO
  • Mark Achler: Managing Director, Math Venture Partners
  • Mark Lawrence: Co-Founder & CEO, SpotHero
  • Mark Pickett: Sr. Director, Customer Analytics, Data Science and MarTech, Staples
  • Mark Pawloski: Co-Founder, Upkey
  • Matt Mandell: Principal, Mandell Enterprises
  • Michael Carruth: President/Founder, Fiodan Corporation
  • Michael Evans: Co-Founder, GrubHub
  • Mona Abdel Halim: Strategic Partnerships, Manager, Orbitz Worldwide
  • Neil Kane: Founder & President, Illinois Partners Executive Services
  • Patricia Riskind: CEO, Blue Horse Ventures
  • Peter Tapling: Chief Revenue Officer, Early Warning Services
  • Pinaki Saha: Founder & CEO, Anshar Labs
  • Rajesh Voddiraju: Founder & CEO, HealthiPASS Inc
  • Reva Minkoff: Founder and President, DigitalGroundUp Inc. and Digital4Startups Inc.
  • Rishi Shah: CEO, Outcome Health
  • Ronald Franczyk: CTO & Founder, Red Foundry
  • Ross Kimbarovsky: Founder and CEO, Startup Foundry
  • Ryan Jeffery: Entrepreneur & Investor
  • Ryan Hoch: CEO, Overgrad
  • Shradha Agarwal: Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Outcome Health
  • Stephen Meade: Founder & CEO, MagMo
  • Steven Jones: VP Product Development, project44 - Freight APIs
  • Vinnie Lauria: Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
  • William Furlong: Founder & CEO, SquareStack

  • And many more to be announced.


                                  We hope you will join us in Chicago and launch a company in 2015.


Chicago Founder Institute Opens Applications for the Fall 2015 Semester

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