Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across over 130 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute has helped aspiring technology entrepreneurs launch over 2,000 companies across 6 continents, which have created over 15,000 new jobs. Anyone interested in getting expert guidance and feedback to launch a technology company in Zurich is welcome to apply to the program at fi.co/apply/Zurich, or attend one of the upcoming events:
Startup Ideation Bootcamp November 24th, 6:30pm
Founder Institute Information Session December 6th, 6:30pm
“Zurich is a key market for the Founder Institute due to the support and development Switzerland has invested in startups. The goal of the Founder Institute is to empower the very talented Zurich workforce to build technology companies through our part-time program.” says Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute.
Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Zurich are Johann Schlieper, long time business angel who financed and mentored more than a dozen startups in Switzerland; Jason Low, corporate innovator turned startup founder with track records of mentoring startups from ideation to running a global business; Matic Jesenovec, startup founder, innovator and mentor in multiple accelerator programs. The full list of expected mentors can be viewed at fi.co/mentors/Zurich.
The team is pleased to finally have a program that can enhance the Swiss startup scene the Silicon Valley way. By combining the Silicon Valley mindset and Switzerland’s strength in research and technology, the program aims to open a new platform to Swiss startups with global access.
For aspiring and idea-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, the Founder Institute’s comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed 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. Founder Institute Graduate companies include fast-rising startups across 6 continents like Udemy, Realty Mogul, goplaceit, Appota, and many more.
Some of the notable graduate companies from Europe include; itembase (Berlin), which helps online retailers of all sizes increase connectivity, revenue, and retention through powerful insights; Paymium (Paris) which is the first European Bitcoin marketplace for buyers and sellers that is compliant with EU regulations on payment services; TravelerCar (Paris) is a P2P platform that allows travelers to save money on airport parking and earn money by renting their car while traveling; Peerby (Amsterdam) is a local borrowing/lending mobile application for users in proximity of each other; and 2Houses is an online platform that provides easier communication and scheduling for divorced parents with children. As of today, these startup alone have secured a total of +$15 M in funding.
If you'd like to help bring the Founder Institute to Zurich, then fill out an Interest Form at fi.co/apply/Zurich before December 20th, 2016. If enough people complete the form, then the Founder Institute will formally launch a new chapter.
About the Founder Institute The Founder Institute (http://fi.co) is the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. For aspiring and idea-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed 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. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 135 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.
The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. It is operated out of Palo Alto, California.