With 470 Fellows, 300 Successful Startups and Over $230m in Funds Raised, the Startup Leadership Program Launches its Seattle Chapter

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World-class development program for founders, entrepreneurs and innovators who want to become startup CEOs is now accepting applications for the first Seattle Startup Leadership Program.

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) has launched its newest chapter in Seattle. The SLP is a world-class development program for founders, entrepreneurs and innovators who want to become startup CEOs.

The Startup Leadership Program has a strong track record of achievement with 470 graduates (called Fellows), who have founded over 300 successful startups that have raised $230M in funding, and have filed over 300 patents and won numerous awards.

SLP was founded in Boston in 2006 and has grown to 12 cities over the last six years. As the Program continues to expand, Seattle, with an estimated 600+ local startups and listed as one of the top five best places to start a company, is an obvious choice for the newest Startup Leadership Program chapter. SLP is looking for 25 high caliber individuals to join the first class.

SLP is a not-for-profit organization that offers a 6-month fellowship that develops and mentors young professionals to be leaders and entrepreneurs in life science, technology, clean technology and social enterprise. SLP Fellows master both hard and soft startup leadership skills while networking and learning from venture capitalists, angel investors, local executives and entrepreneurial thought leaders, and getting feedback on their own companies. SLP Fellows build strong relationships and become an integral part of an active SLP alumni network around the world.

Seattle’s SLP mentors include Rudy Gadre, former VP & General Council of Facebook, Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Director of UW Bothell School of Business and Anupam Gupta, President & CEO of Mixpo. Seattle SLP’s Chief Advisor is Luis J. Salazar, who is an investor & executive advisor to Internet and media companies. Salazar is a former executive at Yahoo!, Global Market Insite (a division of WPP) and Microsoft where he led Office 365 and Worldwide Small & Medium Business (SMB), among other initiatives.

“The Startup Leadership Program helps with the critical element of operational excellence for new ventures. Whether it is at a Fortune 500 company or a startup, the problem very often is not the lack of good ideas or the lack of entrepreneurial spirit, but the lack of effective leadership anchored in operational excellence,” said Luis J. Salazar. “Seattle is the number one city for tech jobs in America and in the Forbes top five for startup formation. Just in the past 24 months, over $650m has been invested in more than 250 emerging Internet and software companies in the Pacific Northwest region. (*) Programs such as SLP which enable a strong local network of investors, mentors and sponsors, are critical to support the success of these ventures. By teaching emerging CEOs the skills necessary to lead a company from ideation, to product development, to the right exit strategy makes the difference between real success and aspirational business plans.”

Anupendra Sharma, SLP Founder and venture capitalist, said “I am excited about connecting Seattle entrepreneurs to our global network. Seattle is one of the most important cities for innovation, and its companies are changing the world. Our entrepreneurs around the globe will benefit tremendously from being connected to the Fellows and mentors in this great city.”

The first 60-hour fellowship program begins September 1st and lasts six months. Applications are currently being accepted at http://www.startupleadership.com/apply. The final application deadline is August 17th.

(*) PWC Moneytree report March 2012, SVB HALO report 2012.

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