The Founder Institute expands to Brussels and Berlin

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Having launched in eleven locations worldwide The Founder Institute, set up by Adeo Ressi as a sort of global-wide bootcamp for tech entrepreneurs, is launching two new locations today across Europe: Brussels and Berlin.

The other location already up and running in Europe is Paris where a second semester launches this Fall. There is an August 13th admissions deadline for the European programmes.

The Berlin and Brussels programmes will be the last expansion for the Founder Institute until the end of the year, when they plan to announce two more cities for a total of fifteen locations.

The Institute also hit some milestones. There are now 150 ‘graduate’ companies and 45 are funded by either angel investors or ‘friends and family’ for $50,000 or more.

According to the Institute, over a quarter of the 230 Mentors applied to participate in all three European locations.

So in order to recruit top Mentors, the Institute is planning a “European Startup Tour” for U.S. CEOs to visit all three European locations bringing some of that Silicon Valley thinking to Europe, although they will be doing it in a blistering 5 days.

Some of the US execs we might expect to see over here included Bob Rosin, EVP of Qik, Joe Bezdek, Cofounder of DivX and Andrew Weinrich, Founder of MeetMoi and Xtify.

The Institute is also recruiting local European CEO and Founder Mentors as well, including:

Sebastien de Halleux, Cofounder of Playfish
Dries Buytaert, Cofounder of Drupal Association
Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous
Jonathan Benassaya, Cofounder and Chairman of Deezer
Bertrand Diard, Cofounder and CEO of Talent
Philippe Spruch, Cofounder and CEO of LaCie
Robin Wauters, TechCrunch

What with Innovate Europe, Seedcamp and various other startup programmes traversing and cross-crossing Europe in a hunt for startups, the scene here is becoming increasingly busy.

  • joe ford

    is it fair to say that tech start-ups are for programmers and engineers only?

    • Alain Raynaud

      No. Half of the participants usually have a business background, the other half are engineers. Which I think is a good mix. You need both skills (possibly with several co-founders) to succeed.

      • joe ford

        thanks for the reply, interesting blog

    • Rosik

      Nope you are wrong, they are not. There are tech star ups who have business degrees.

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  • Vishal Sanjay

    This institute seems to be doing really well, I have been hearing a lot from this on the net, hope they come to India as soon as possible.

  • Michael Hall

    Thanks for clearing up the August 13 deadline. They must have brought it forward. Elsewhere on their site it still says:

    Fall 2010 Berlin
    Applications Due: 09/03/2010

    i.e. 3 September

    Recipe for confusion.

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    Well thats good news indeed. More power to the Founder Institute.

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