The Founder Institute, an idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program based in Silicon Valley, announced it is testing a 2018 program launch in Phoenix. The institute is active in 160 cities and 60 countries, and it has helped technology entrepreneurs launch over 2,200 companies, according to a press release.
“The affordable living costs, supportive community, and favorable tax policies have made Arizona a growing startup ecosystem hub in the US,” said Adeo Ressi, founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, in a press release. “Additionally, the growing number of co-working spaces and incubators tells us that there is a lot of entrepreneurial enthusiasm in Arizona. I believe that the Founder Institute’s structured program will provide potential founders with the guidance they need to launch successful technology companies in Arizona.”
Throughout the next few weeks, the institute will hold several free, beginner entrepreneurship events to gauge the community’s interest in a 2018 Arizona program. One event has passed, but the rest are listed here:
- October 3, 6:30pm-9pm, Galvanize – Startup Co-Founder 101: How to Find the Right Partner in Arizona
- October 10, 6:30pm-9pm, Galvanize – Startup Ideation Bootcamp
- October 17, 6:30pm-9pm, Galvanize – Founder Institute Information Session
These events provide opportunities for feedback from experts, as well as information about the Founder Institute’s step-by-step program for starting an enduring company.
According to a press release, the institute is the only startup program that focuses on people rather than ideas, accepts founders with day jobs and shares equity with all participants.
Jon Zifcak, CEO of Zulloo Inc., is one the people leading the Founder Institute’s effort in Arizona.
“Anyone who’s here knows that there is something really special brewing right now in the Arizona startup ecosystem,” said Zifcak in a press release. “Our goal is to bring some of the unique magic you find in Silicon Valley to really propel Arizona to a place where we can create more jobs and more opportunity for a truly global reach. We are a connected team of entrepreneurs that convey our passion for this community through our ongoing commitments to mentorship, education, and forging connections.”
Rick Stoddard, partner at Coplex, and Gabriel Gasca, principal of the The Gabriel Gasca Consultancy, are also leading the effort to bring the institute to Phoenix, among other leaders of local tech companies.
For aspiring entrepreneurs interested in taking one of these courses, links to register are listed above. There’s also the option to apply to the Arizona Founder Institute program directly and express interest in bringing the program to the Valley.