Founder Institute Looks to Expand to Tampa Bay

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World’s Largest Startup Accelerator Testing a Program Launch in Tampa for Spring 2013

There is no obligation and no cost to apply during the early registration period. http://fi.co/apply/tampa

The Founder Institute (http://www.fi.co), the world’s largest startup accelerator with over 650 graduate companies, announced today that it is exploring a chapter launch in Tampa Bay, Florida. Through the Founder Institute’s part-time four-month program, existing and prospective founders can launch their dream company with expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs - while not being required to quit their day job. Those wanting to learn more can fill out an interest form at http://fi.co/apply/tampa by January 27th, or attend a free upcoming Founder Institute event at CoWorkTampa (Garcia & Vega Cigar Factory, 3104 North Armenia Ave, Suite 2, Tampa):

In just over three years of operation, the Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute has graduated over 650 technology companies across 37 cities and 5 continents. The program is open to anybody that is passionate about building a technology company: idea or no idea, full-time job or unemployed, young or old, male or female, experienced in business or straight out of school. The Founder Institute plans to launch in Tampa in the Spring of 2013 if enough people show interest in the program.

Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Tampa are Michael O’Donnell, a serial entrepreneur recently relocated to Tampa from Seattle, and John Spence, an author, professional workshop facilitator, and one of the Top One Hundred Business Thought Leaders in America. Other leaders of local tech companies who have signed on to mentor the courses include Marc Blumenthal (intelladon), Bruce Bennett (Mad Mobile), Mark Swanson (Telovations), Peter Quintas (Nomi), Steve Tingiris (Enthusem), Ashok Kartham (Mize), Geoff Wilson (352 Media) and Brent Britton (GrayRobinson/Gazelle). In addition, should the program launch, the Institute expects additional mentors to participate from outside the Tampa area well. The full list can be viewed at http://fi.co/mentors/tampa.

“Our research shows that Florida is a promising emerging market for new tech companies,” says Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute. “New incubators and the many centers of research and innovation combined with the quality of life and low cost of doing business all make the Tampa Bay area an excellent prospect for an FI chapter.”

If you'd like to help bring the Founder Institute to Tampa, then fill out an Interest Form at http://fi.co/apply/tampa before January 27th, 2013.

About The Founder Institute
The Founder Institute (http://www.fi.co) is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies. Through a part-time four month program, existing and prospective founders can launch their dream company with expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs - while not being required to quit their day job. Our unique Graduate Liquidity Pool also enables graduates and mentors to share in the equity upside of each class, creating local, teamwork-based ecosystems where great new businesses can flourish. In just over three years of operation, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 650 companies across 37 cities and five continents - making us the world's largest startup accelerator. Our goal is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" by launching 1,000 meaningful and enduring technology companies per year in over 50 cities worldwide.

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