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McCarter & English
McCarter & English, LLP is a firm of approximately 400 lawyers with offices in Boston, Hartford, Stamford, New York, Newark, East Brunswick, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Washington, DC. In continuous business for more than 170 years, we are among the oldest and largest law firms in America.

Vet-Tech
Vet-Tech is America's Veteran Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 veteran led startups in its community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

CONNECTPreneur

 

The CONNECTPreneur Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the  CONNECTPreneur Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Washington DC Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CONNECTPreneur, a quarterly forum of 350+ top IT entrepreneurs and investors in greater Washington DC region. Through the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship, everyone from the CONNECTPreneur community is invited to apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($1,650 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship for the Washington DC Winter 2018 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by April 3, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship.


Source Select
Global Fulfillment
Is it time to think of Global Logistics and Fulfillment capabilities for your product? SourceSelect helps you focus all your attention on Marketing and Product development. We will do the rest. Save money on freight costs and fulfill orders to 180+ countries across the globe. #payasyougrow

SourceSelect is a 3PL in the Silicon Valley that helps startup companies plan for and execute world-wide logistics and order fulfillment capabilities. #AskUsHow

Washington DC Winter 2018

Global Partners

The Founder Institute proudly partners with organizations that support global startup ecosystem growth.


Platinum Partner

SAP startup.focus. is the program that helps startups with a big-data, predictive or real-time analytics solution to enter a program that will allow you to sell to SAP Customers and receive partner benefits without any associated costs.

Toptal is the leading on-demand professional network that connects the world’s top talent with businesses large and small. Toptal enables companies to accelerate projects and quickly adapt to innovative technology and disruptive competition. With Toptal, business leaders are no longer limited by painful internal recruiting processes and geographical constraints. Instead, they can instantly connect and start working with the perfect software engineering, design, or business talent for the job.


Gold Partner

Kworq - is a Creative Agency based in New York City. They work with brands both big and small, including startups who have graduated from our Institute. Kworq believes in the importance of two things: story & informed design. Whether it’s pitch deck design, a website, social content or video - Kworq is your creative partner. Founder Institute companies get 50% off their first purchase.

AppZocial - is a custom, private social networking app built and branded exclusively for your community. It’s refreshingly simple to use. No development or technical knowledge needed. We’ll help you build and integrate your digital gathering place with other existing channels and tools, giving your community an integrated, private, secure platform to create and share content. Encourage engagement with chat and events. Extend your community with tailored campaigns to new or existing audiences. Leverage member data to better address, engage and serve your community. Develop your digital gathering place today!

Fiverr® is the world's largest marketplace for creative and digital services, including graphic design, copywriting, voiceovers, and music and film editing. Fiverr's mission is to democratize lean entrepreneurship by giving entrepreneurs, freelancers, small businesses and even enterprises the resources they need to get things done quickly, flexibly and fearlessly so that they can thrive in the new economy. Fiverr's global community of freelancers have delivered tens of millions of high-quality Gigs from over 100 service categories across 190 countries. We invite you to visit us at fiverr.com, and our blog and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The FI network gets an exclusive 20% off of your first order with code "FOUNDER" using this link.

YouCanBook.me is a fast growing SaaS scheduling tool. It specializes in customer success, onboarding, sales and recruitment teams managing their customer appointments. To date they’ve processed over 25 million bookings and can boast some of the biggest tech and SaaS tools as their customers such as Shopify, Box and Pinterest. The solution allows people to quickly manage calls with customers across multiple time zones, calendars and availability.


Silver Partners

Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 1.2m+ businesses and 600+ business apps using Xero in more than 180 countries. Through the Founder Institute, you can get 50% off for 3 months now!

The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) is a global public-private partnership non-profit focused on creating a virtuous circle of innovation and driving growth breakthroughs through novel, creative paradigms and models. CAI's mission is to accelerate and increase the volume of research commercialization in support of high growth business in order to ignite entrepreneurship, bolster the global economy and maximize the commercial and knowledge-based potential of promising inventions. CAI’s award-winning challenge-based accelerator, rigorous fact-based due diligence and capital efficient lean management models serve to hyper-accelerate “gazelle” high-performing startups for outsized investor returns.

Girls in Tech has partnered with the Founder Institute to increase female participation in entrepreneurship. GiT is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Learn more about them here: http://bit.ly/GiT_FI.

Palo Alto Software offers Business Plan Pro, the world's leading business planning software, along with other business and marketing planning solutions. Enrolled and graduated Founders can receive 50% off of their LivePlan software.

 

 


Premier Partner Resources

Many of our partners have exclusive offers for startups in our network. See them below.

123RF is one of the world's largest digital stock agencies with an evenly distributed global footprint. 123RF has helped clientele of individuals and businesses tell their stories using creative imagery, sounds and motion contributed by talents from around the world. More than 83 million creative works and growing. 90,000 daily content from 300,000 creative contributors. 12,000,000+ monthly active users at 123RF.com FI members recieve credits of $50 to our premium library.

Amazon Web Services The program, AWS Activate, provides Founder Institute Founders with (1) up to $100,000 USD in AWS credits valid for 1 year, (2) Free access to the AWS Essentials 1 day web-based or instructor-led training (~$600/course), plus 8 tokens for self-paced labs (~$30/lab) (3) Free access to 1:1 virtual office hours with AWS solutions architects (4) Special offers from other companies that help startups, including Chef, Bitnami, Amazon Payments, SOASTA, Podio, CopperEgg and more. Disclaimer: The 100K offer is country dependant.

ConceptDrop connects companies with an invite-only community of elite creative professionals. Get agency-quality presentations, marketing and sales assets in as little as 12 hours. Based in Chicago and Los Angeles, ConceptDrop works with 500+ global brands. As a Founder Institute Member, you are automatically upgraded to ConceptDrop Pro (normally $12,000+).

FB Start provides year-round support from Facebook product experts, an exclusive community of global startups, and up to $80,000 in free tools and services from premier partners.

The Google Cloud Platform is offering up to $100,000 USD to qualified Founders. In addition to credit, there is access to architecture reviews and technical mentors, 24/7 support, and more. The program is designed to help startups build and scale on Google Cloud Platform. They will surround you with the necessary resources to accelerate your startup and infrastructure.

Recruiterbox helps streamline your hiring process to hire better than a Fortune 500 company. It's designed to help teams collaborate on hiring decisions, and interviewers can enter ratings and provide feedback on candidates without logging in to the system. You can customize stages in your hiring workflow and automate the collection of candidates in one place. Our customers include MIT, Herschel Supply Co., Lonely Planet, Olark, the U.S. Government and thousands more of the best & brightest organizations around. FI members free access to our PRO plan for 60 days. Sign up through our link to redeem.

RocketSpace is a global ecosystem of people and ideas that provides the necessary velocity — both speed and direction — to help the world’s top innovators bring the future to market. Founded in San Francisco in 2011, its global network of technology campuses and services are designed to help growth-phase tech startups scale. More than 1000 startups have been members of RocketSpace, including 18 unicorns, such as Uber, Supercell, Blippar, Leap Motion, and Spotify. Learn more about growing your startup at rocketspace.com.

Shopify is the world’s leading cloud-based, multichannel, ecommerce platform, designed for entrepreneurs. Today, more than 500,000 merchants and 11,000 partners around the world trust Shopify to grow their business. Shopify is offering their 45-day extended trial to the our entire network giving you more time to plan out how you can integrate your business. Start here.

SourceSelect is a 20 Year old Supply Chain and Logistics company that has partnered with The Founder Institute to provide a cost effective and seamless manufacturing and distribution Infrastructure to allow startup companies to get to market quickly. They are offering free consulting ($5K Value)to meet with the CEO to review your Supply Chain strategy.

StockUnlimited is the world’s first ‘Netflix’-style website for stock photos, vector graphics, icons, backgrounds, textures and much more. We add thousands of new and fresh files every week to ensure we always meet your needs for the most up-to-date content. What really sets StockUnlimited apart from other content providers is our super simple license model. From as low as $4 a month, you can download and use as much content as you wish in virtually any project. No complicated licenses. No daily limits. No expiring credits. No additional fees. Ever. FI members have unlimited download privileges to our premium library for 90 days.

 


Acclaimed Partner Resources

Autopilot is offering 50% off 6 months or 30% off 1 year for any plan up to 10,000 contacts. Autopilot is an easy and visual marketing software for automating the customer journey. Companies use Autopilot to acquire, nurture, grow leads into customers with personalized email, in-app messages, SMS and direct mail.

BlogMutt, Founder Institute graduates, alumni, mentors and friends all know the importance of blogging to a complete inbound marketing strategy. The problem is finding the time to write those posts. With BlogMutt, you get: 1)Screened, US-based writers create original blog posts based on your needs 2) You have exclusive rights to every post you purchase 3) No contract to sign and no hidden charges for revisions. On your second month as a BlogMutt customer, they'll credit FI accounts with two free posts!

Docsend is offering 6 months of DocSend Pro free to qualified Founders. DocSend is one of the best ways to send important documents. DocSend provides analytics, feedback, and security for your deck. See which parts of your deck are the most engaging, which investors or clients are interested, and update your deck at any time.

dotmailer is an easy to use online email marketing solution that allows you to capture new customers, build beautifully designed, personalized email campaigns and design triggered email programs to promote first purchase, re-purchase & loyalty. The platform includes drag & drop email creation, forms, surveys and landing pages backed up by 24 hour support. Dotmailer offers FI founders an exclusive start-up rate at $100 per month.

eShares is offering FI companies 50% off their onboarding fees, which can range from $100 to $10,000. eShares is the leader in the cap table management space and is not just an accounting solution. They are a private market electronic securities issuer (SEC registered) and a one-stop shop for equity administration.

Mattermark and FI's partnership offers Founders 3 months free service in exchange for information on your company and an integration with Google Analytics. Mattermark covers data from over 1.2 million private companies, and is a leading tool for prominent VC's and influence their decision making process on new company sourcing. Mattermark can ensure that your company is reflected accurately.

Motava is a full-service digital marketing agency in Silicon Valley that designs beautiful websites and crafts digital marketing campaigns. On average, clients improve search traffic on average by 44.7% within 6-12 months. Specialties include content marketing, SEO, PPC & website creation. FI founders get a free consultation and 15% off any campaign or new website.

Pipedrive offers Founders 7 months free! Pipedrive is a great CRM for small teams.

Poindevster is your CPO. They take care of your web and mobile product from design to launch, depending on needs. Since they work with so many entrepreneurs, they are also able to streamline development a full mobile app at much lower costs than the competition. Founder Institute founders get a 15% discount. Visit here for more information: http://fndri.com/PoinDetails.

Prosperworks is the best sales CRM that integrates with Gmail.

Respondent.io is a market research platform that helps you recruit and schedule respondents for focus groups and one-on-one interviews. FI participants get a $350 coupon code for research.

Start A Fire adds a branded badge with content recommendations within any link.The branded badge allows your audience to discover your content by adding your recommendations within links you share. Founders who sign up for an account using the link above will receive the retargeting pixel feature free in order to help with their marketing efforts digitally.

Sticker Mule is the fastest & easiest way to buy custom stickers. We offer free online proofs, free worldwide shipping and 4 day turnaround. With print runs starting at $49, we aim to be the Internet's favorite sticker printing service.

Themecloud.io provides an all-in-one solution for WordPress, which includes pre-configured websites + domain name + hosting services + 24x7 live chat support to help people build websites. Get 80% off after graduating the Founder Institute!

Unshackled Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund created in 2014 to support foreign-born entrepreneurs as they turn their innovative ideas into reality. Founded by two friends who understood the challenges facing immigrants, Unshackled helps these innovators turn their idea into the next great American company. By providing a rich environment to research and develop their concepts from idea to funded and staffed company, Unshackled gives diverse entrepreneurs the opportunity to innovate and tackle some of the U.S.’s biggest problems, ultimately improving the way we all live and work. Unshackled is supported by 80+ highly influential investors, including Brad Feld, First Round Capital, Jerry Yang and Laurene Powell Jobs. The fund has made more than a dozen investments in nearly 30 founders born in 6 different continents.

Wooshi has partnered with The Founder Institute to give your start up high quality video production services with an exclusive 25% discount from standard terms.

x.ai makes an AI personal assistant who magically schedules meetings for you. Say goodbye to email ping-pong and hello to more hours in your day. They are offering Founder Institute graduates 1 month free of the Professional edition.

Zendesk is a customer service platform designed for companies that want to create customer relationships that are more meaningful, personal, and productive. They start by helping companies provide great support and then mature with self-service and proactive engagement. As a Founder Institute Member, you get $117 in Zendesk credit for 12 months.

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