Founder Institute on a Roll– Amsterdam Is Now Open Too
Adeo Ressi of the Founder Institute was blown away by the comments and response he got from our post last week reporting the incubator’s new offices in South America and intention to keep expanding globally. Readers were invited to make the case for their city in the comments and more than 40 locations caught his attention. The post even wound up expediting the opening of a new Amsterdam chapter.
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Below is Ressi’s response to commenters, including details of which chapters are in the works already and what you can do to put your city over the top. Enthusiasm and local leadership matters here. While Bogota might not make the most sense for a South American chapter, Ressi says so far it’s had the highest volume of founder applications in less than a week.
“Thanks for the great suggestions!First, we are actively working on a number of places suggested.Second, there are a bunch of locations that we need more information on to determine why they would make for good Founder Institute Chapters, so please feel free to add some further analysis in the comments. Are there a dozen strong CEOs of fast growth technology companies that will Mentor? Is there a good regulatory environment? Are funding resources available? Is there a strong technical talent pool to draw from? Please help us with your insights.Third, there are a bunch of locations suggested that are interesting, but we need a strong individual that is passionate about startups to be a Local Leader. The Local Leader should be well-connected in the startup ecosystem, know of most good regional Mentors, and have solid organizational skills. A potential Local Leader just needs to submit an application to be considered at the following link: http://www.founderinstitute.com/leadThanks, again! I look forward to some more feedback.North America1. Boulder, Colorado – Have Denver Chapter with Boulder Sessions2. Chicago, Illinois – **Actively Working On**3. Austin, Texas – **Actively Working On** – Slow Progress4. Atlanta, Georgia – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?6. Guadalajara, Mexico – Why Guadalajara?7. Boise, Idaho – Why Boise?Europe1. United Kingdom – **Actively Working On** – Launch Likely in 20112. Amsterdam, Netherlands – **Actively Working On** – Launch Likely in 20113. Istanbul, Turkey – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?4. Russia – Concerns about Regulatory and Investment Environments5. Ukraine – Concerns about Regulatory and Investment EnvironmentsSouth and Central America1. Sao Paolo, Brazil – **Actively Working On** – Launch Likely in 20112. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Would Follow Sao Paolo3. Buenos Aires, Argentina – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?4. Cordoba, Argentina – Would Follow Buenos Aires5. Peru – Why Peru?6. San Jose, Costa Rica – Why Costa Rica?Asia1. Hong Kong – Limited Progress – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?2. Manila, Philipines – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?3. Jakarta, Indonesia – **Actively Working On** – Slow Progress4. Bangalore, India – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?5. China – Which City in China, Shanghai?Africa1. Cairo, Egypt – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?2. South Africa – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?3. Nairobi, Kenya – Why Nairobi?4. Lagos, Nigeria – Why Lagos?Middle East1. Tel Aviv, Israel – **Actively Working On**2. Dubai, UAE – Interesting! – Any Ideas for a Local Leader?Oceania1. Sydney, Australia – **Actively Working On** – Slow Progress2. Melbourne, Australia – Why Melbourne?3. Auckland, New Zealand – Why Auckland?Other1. Curacao – Why Curacao?
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