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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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CodigoDelSur is a designer and developer of digital products. Having worked with Founder Institute startups in the past, they come as a highly recommended Founder Institute referral. They are composed of highly skilled software, web, and mobile app developers, who are excited to incorporate the latest technologies into the applications they develop.

Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 700,000+ businesses using Xero in more than 180 countries.

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.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley Wanted: Founder Institute Early Applications Due Sunday

Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-05-15

The Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, is preparing to launch a very promising Silicon Valley Summer 2017 Semester.

We have many great startup mentors confirmed, and impressive founders are beginning to enroll in the program as well. But, time is running out to apply.

This Sunday (2017-05-21) is the Early Application Deadline. If you apply by Sunday, you get to take the Predictive Admissions Test for free ($50 value), and if you enroll by the Early Deadline you are also eligible to receive one of several Founder Institute Fellowships. And as a bonus, founders who apply by Sunday will also get a discount on the course fee.

If you are serious about launching a startup in Silicon Valley and could use expert training and feedback, then apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute today.

The Founder Institute is the most challenging and effective step-by-step startup launch program for talented and motivated aspiring entrepreneurs. If you are serious about launching a startup, the Founder Institute can give you the structured process, constant feedback and evaluation from expert mentors, and global network of entrepreneurs you need to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants.

The Silicon Valley Chapter will be led by local leaders Ryan Micheletti (Director of Global Operations at the Founder Institute, and Co-Founder of the Vet-Tech Accelerator), Mike Suprovici (Entrepreneur in Residence at the Founder Institute, Founder of Explorence), and Balaji Sivasubramanian (Entrepreneur In Residence, Engineering Capital).

In addition, participants in Silicon Valley will receive expert training and feedback from an impressive list of mentors, including:

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder Institute
  • Alexandra Johnson: Managing Director, DFJ Aurora
  • Ana Baltodano
  • Andrew Lee: CEO, Esper
  • Andrew Filev: Founder&CEO, Wrike
  • Andrew Koven: Managing Partner & CEO, LDR Ventures
  • Avery Lyford: Chief Customer Officer, InfoStretch
  • Basil Enan: CEO, Discors
  • Ben Larson: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator
  • Bob Rosin: Bob Rosin - VP Business Development, LinkedIn (San Francisco FI)
  • Bow Rodgers: CEO, Vet-Tech
  • Bram Cohen: Founder/Chief Scientist, BitTorrent
  • Brett Murray: Vice President, Marketing, View, Inc.
  • Carter Laren: Founder/CEO, Inara Ventures
  • Christina Trampota: Advisor, Preemadonna
  • Ciarán Byrne: Co-Founder , Envolv
  • Dan Arkind: Dan Arkind - Founder & CEO, JobScore (San Francisco FI) , JobScore
  • Dan Rubins: Founder & CEO, Legal Robot
  • Daniel Saccani: President, Ravix Group, Inc.
  • Eddie Hartman: co-Founder, LegalZoom
  • Emna Ghariani: Chapter Lead Director, The Founder Institute
  • Eren Bali: Chairman & Co-founder, Udemy
  • Gagan Biyani: Gagan Biyani - CoFounder, Fresh (San Francisco FI) , Fresh
  • Gisele Bisson: Chief Visibility Officer , Visibility Shift
  • Gopi Rangan: Cofounder, INSEAD Angels
  • Himakara Pieris: CEO,
  • Jason Calacanis: Jason Calacanis - CEO, (San Francisco FI) ,
  • Jeff Bonforte: Jeff Bonforte - SVP, Yahoo (Silicon Valley FI) , Yahoo
  • Jessica Alter: Founder/CEO, Founder Dating
  • Jill Stelfox: VP & GM, Location Solutions, Zebra
  • Jim Kaskade: VP & GM, Digital Applications, Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Joe Betts Lacroix: Co-Founder, OQO
  • Joe Garza
  • John Lee: Vice President, Early Stage Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder, Founder Institute
  • K. Shaikh: Founder , Interpreters-On-Call
  • Kamal Hassan: CEO, Incmind
  • Ken Kruszka: CEO, SnapCheck
  • Leila Banijamali: Leila Banijamali - CEO & Founder, Startup Documents (San Francisco FI) , Startup Documents
  • Lesa Hammond: CEO, Profihire
  • Lev Mazin: CEO, AYTM
  • Liza Lichtinger: Liza Lichtinger , FDS
  • Lucy Keoni: CoFounder, StartUpRising
  • Madeline Duva: Advisor, Eye-Fi, Drop, Fluxx
  • Maria Mokhnatkina: CEO, RoadGazer Inc.
  • Mark Frohnmayer: Founder, Arcimoto
  • Matt Shapiro: CEO, Co-Founder, siyea
  • Mike Suprovici: EIR, Founder Institute
  • Munjal Shah: CEO,
  • Nita Singh Kaushal: Founder, Miss CEO
  • Nitin Pachisia: Founding Partner, Unshackled
  • Omar Valle: Startup Business Development, Amazon Web Services
  • Paul D'souza: President and CEO, Delivering Peak Performance
  • Paul O'Brien: Founder, MediaTech Ventures
  • Phil Libin: Co-Founder and Chairman of Evernote, Managing Director at General Catalyst, General Catalyst
  • Phnam Bagley: Partner and Creative Director, Nonfiction
  • Rachel Loui: Chief Strategy Officer, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Raj Singh: Managing Director, JetBlue Technology Ventures
  • Rajesh Setty: Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur and Author, WittyParrot
  • Ravishankar Gundlapalli: CEO & Founder, MentorCloud, Inc.
  • Ron Gentile: Partner, CentralSpark
  • Ryan Micheletti: Founder, Vet-Tech
  • Sebastien Dursel: CEO, SDU Labs
  • Shahab Kaviani: Co-Founder, Chief Entrepreneurs Office, CoFoundersLab
  • Shira Abel: CEO, Hunter & Bard
  • Srdjan Kovacevic: Vice President, MetricStream, Inc.
  • Steven Frisch: Serial Entrepreneur & Advisor,
  • Subha Shetty: vice president, product and design, zenfolio
  • Sujee Maniyam: Founder / Principal, Elephant Scale
  • Suz Somersall: CEO, KiraKira
  • Thomas Hogan: Founder and Partner, Crowded Ocean
  • Tracy Saville: CEO/Co-founder , Sofiia AI, Inc. and FourthWave
  • Travis Giggy: Founder, Swing by Swing Golf
  • Victor Chapela: Victor Chapela - Founder & CEO, Suggestic (Silicon Valley FI), Suggestic
  • Vincent Lui: Managing Director, Rhapsody Ventures
  • Virender Ahluwalia: EVP Finance, Singularity University
  • Vitor Andrade Guedes Alcoforado Rocha: Founder and Managing Partner, Empreendorama
  • Walter Roth: CEO,
  • Wilson Cheung: Principal, Ravix Group
  • Y Vonne Hutchinson: Founder, ReadySet
  • Ying Wang: Managing Director, Fosun
  • Ziv Gillat: Co-Founder, Eye-Fi & Forq

  • And many more to be announced.


Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more - like Udemy, Realty Mogul, iCarsClub, Itembase, goplaceit, and Appota.

                                  We hope you will join us in Silicon Valley and launch a company in 2016.


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