Founder Institute Launches in Tampa

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Free Early Admissions and Female Fellowship Deadline February 17

Founders can save $50 by applying before the February 17 Early Admissions Deadline at http://fi.co/apply/tampa.

The Founder Institute (http://www.fi.co), the world’s largest startup accelerator with over 700 graduate companies, announced today that it has officially launched a Spring Semester in Tampa. 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. 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 Tampa Semester will run from March 18 – July 2. The program has attracted more than 40 applicants to date. Founders can save $50 by applying before the February 17 Early Admissions Deadline. Female Fellowships, which grant full scholarships to the best applications submitted by women founders, are also available until February 17. People can apply online at http://fi.co/apply/tampa, or attend a free upcoming event to learn more about the program:

Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Tampa are Michael O’Donnell, a tech entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor, 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), John Morrow (Gazelle Lab), Geoff Wilson (352 Media), Brent Britton (GrayRobinson/Gazelle Lab), and Travis Milks (Stonehenge Capital).

“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 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 place for us to help empower entrepreneurs to build the next generation of technology companies.”

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 700 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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