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The Profile
The Profile makes things happen! We take awesome entrepreneurs and give them the amazing space and resources that they need. More than just office space, our coworking environment is a real community built for those that want work and fun in their lives.

A leading provider of HR tools designed to align and evolve with the strategic HR planning and growth of organizations through the power of enterprise level software, intuitive design (executives, HR professionals and employees), automated processes, customized solutions and pricing plans.

StartUp Canada
We are entrepreneurs working together to build a Canada for entrepreneurs and give a voice to the Canadian startup community.

BC Tech Association
We are making BC the best place to grow a tech company! We serve as a platform to grow the tech ecosystem, building programs and initiatives that uphold our core values: Be of Service, Succeed Together and Pay it Forward.

BC Innovation Council (BCIC) encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. We accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs.

Concierge Canada
Concierge is a single access point to funding, expertise, facilities, and global opportunities for businesses seeking to grow through innovation. The only service of its kind in Canada, it offers free, one-on-one assistance from expert advisors who provide customized guidance in selecting the most relevant programs and services to help you grow your business. The program is delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) in collaboration with federal and provincial partners.

New Ventures BC
New Ventures BC is passionate about helping early stage tech companies grow their businesses. We run the BCIC-New Ventures Competition, the largest and longest-running tech competition in British Columbia, offering over $300,000 in cash and prizes to early-stage ventures.

We are a group of angel investors who want to support promising BC-based entrepreneurs in technology ventures with angel investment, advice and connections.

Timia Capital
Timia Capital focuses on technology & knowledge-based start-ups with promising growth rates. Carefully selected investments are managed by experienced debt managers and trusted equity investors with proven track records. TIMIA Capital Corporation is an actively traded public company on the TSX Venture exchange (TSX-V:TCA).

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) is a Vancouver-based charity that educates, mentors and connects women entrepreneurs to be wildly successful, promoting strong economies and thriving communities. With the goal of building the economy, one woman-owned business at a time, FWE supports women who are venturing into new business opportunities or ready to ramp up and grow their existing business. From start-up advice to specific tips and tricks, FWE leaders, advisors, and business professionals are ready to share their expertise through game-changing and impactful programs.

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.

ProtoHack is a group of adventurers, dreamers and conceptualists who have successfully transitioned from wantrepreneurs to bona fide entrepreneurs. United by their shared struggles in business and bringing a great idea to life, ProtoHack is a culmination of those shared experiences—both good and bad—and a carefully crafted experience that gives anyone with a good idea and an ounce of ambition the platform upon which to do something with it.

Discovery Parks
Discover Parks runs a local competition in Vancouver called "The Generator" where 5,000 sq ft of incubator office space is made available to high tech startup companies on a competitive basis. Apply now to win 12 months of free work space!

Foresight CleanTech Accelerator
Western Canada’s first clean technology accelerator designed to foster the growth of small and medium size businesses (SMEs) in the development and commercialization of viable technology solutions to create and produce energy more efficiently and responsibly.

Innovation Island
Innovation Island is a non-profit organization supporting tech entrepreneurs in Central and Northern Vancouver Island. We provide the resources, expertise and programming needed for early stage ventures to start and grow in place.

Kamloops Innovation
Kamloops Innovation is a technology business accelerator offering programs that guide, coach and mentor early stage ventures; shared office spaces and technology community events. Kamloops Innovation is a non profit society that serves the Central Interior region of BC and is and part of the British Columbia Acceleration Network.

Fasken Martineau
Fasken Martineau is a leading international business law and litigation firm. Tracing our roots back to the mid-1800s, our firm was founded through the merger of three regional Canadian icons in 2000. Today we have eight offices with more than 700 lawyers across Canada and in the UK and South Africa. We aim to see legal issues in the context of our clients' broader business issues. We have created a firm that is nimble, entrepreneurial and responsive to the global pressures facing our clients. Our success depends on the success of our clients. We operate in English and French in civil law and common law jurisdictions worldwide.

My Business Room
My Business Room and the Satmetrix team help organizations implement or upgrade their customer experience management programs with NPX's big data analytics, user-friendly interface and powerful visuals all at the fingertips of key internal stakeholders and updated in real time.

/Archive is a digital marketing agency focused on e-commerce. We transform traditional businesses into online leaders.  We pride ourselves on being agile and developing disruptive campaigns that are outside of the normal digital marketing atmosphere. With a particular focus in mobile, we’re fascinated with how individuals and communities interact with content online.

Thornburn: Building Better Practice
Building Better Practice and Thornburn Consulting possesses over 35 years of professional experience supporting companies and non-profit organizations across North America, our motto is to build better and stronger people, leaders, and companies.

Spring is a global startup school for entrepreneurs who want to do better business. Whether that means social impact is part of your mandate, or you are creating more impactful business practices or adopting eco-awareness. We help businesses and entrepreneurs make a difference to their company, and the world.

Pacific Venture Capital Conference & Competition
The Pacific Venture Capital Conference and Competition ("PVCC") is a national stage designed for undergraduate, Masters and MBA students to present business ideas and financial valuations to an audience of entrepreneurial leaders, senior venture capitalists, and top industry professionals across North America.

App Scoop
We are a full service Vancouver based development and consulting firm hyper focused on delivering polished Web and Mobile Solutions. We are a team of highly experienced and specialized software developers and business professionals excited to help elevate your business via custom software development.

Ask a Technie
Want to learn how to get your business online and optimized for growth? Just AskaTechie! Because we care that you get your tech done right, right now.

Tech Vancouver
TechVancouver is a Meetup group that brings together Vancouver’s tech leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts.

An Intensive Curriculum

The Founder Institute does not provide superficial startup education and encouragement, like many other free programs. Instead, our proven, structured program will push you to make years of progress on your business in just 3.5 months. Plus, sessions are held at night, so you can keep your day job.

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Month 1
Idea & Customer Development
Month 2
Company & Team Formation
Month 4
Go-To-Market, Bootstrapping, & Fundraising
Month 3
Product Development & Distribution

Committed Mentors

Founder Institute Mentors are vested in your success through a "Shared Liquidity Pool", so they are extremely helpful. Plus, our Mentors are almost exclusively Founders and CEOs with experience building or leading fast-growth tech companies. In most semesters, the ratio of Mentors:Founders is greater than 2:1.

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Adeo Ressi Aaron Patzer Phil Libin
Founder Institute mint.com Evernote
Robin Chase Peter Vesterbacka Jeffrey Paine
Zipcar Rovio Golden Gate Ventures

The Results

Many of the world's fastest growing startups have used the Founder Institute to form and improve their business ideas, create an advisory board, recruit co-founders, improve their pitch, launch a product, prepare to raise capital, generate revenue, and more.

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Companies Launched
Company Survival Rate
Total Funding Raised

A Global Network

Based in Silicon Valley but with chapters across six continents and 150+ cities, our mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and help promising entrepreneurs launch companies that create one million new startup jobs.

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