FPS is the exclusive partner of the pre-seed accelerator Founder Institute
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The FPS law firm supports the renowned Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley in the US, as its exclusive sponsor. During the three-and-a-half month program in the autumn/winter term 2019/2020, the participating founders will learn all the contents to do with the subject of business start-ups, growth, equity capital and funding and will be offered intensive support from mentors in the process. The objective is to provide the founders with tools enabling them to bring their business idea to fruition as well as to boost the start-up ecosystem in the Rhine-Main region. The comprehensive step-by-step program of the Founder Institute offers budding tech entrepreneurs mentoring support, a global network, and expertise in the subject to founding a start-up. The timetable includes topics such as brainstorming and validation, customer development, growth, fund-raising, marketing, and law. The legal consultancy services that FPS provides to the founders in the course of events, workshops, and lectures focus in particular on the aspects of company start-ups, venture capital financing, intellectual property, employment law, digital media, e-commerce, data protection, and IT security. In addition to the FPS mentors, the advisers also included giants of the Frankfurt start-up scene. For example, the seed investor High-Tech Gründerfonds, Amazon Web Services, and Frankfurt Main Finance are among those who are supporting the initiative. The Founder Institute additionally awards two fellowships - one especially for women and another focusing on technology. What’s more, a fellowship will be offered jointly with FPS this semester for the first time for a founder from the field of fintech or proptech, whose course fees for the program will be paid for. If you are interested, you can apply by October 6, 2019 on the institute’s homepage at fi.co/join; no legal claim exists in connection with applications. FPS is continuing to strengthen its activities in the area of venture capital and start-ups. FPS has been the exclusive partner of the Digital Meets Real Estate initiative, a unique platform that brings together established companies, start-ups and managers from the digital and real estate sector. Philipp Weber, venture capital partner at FPS, said: “We are delighted to be the sole legal partner of the Founder Institute’s 2019/2020 program in Frankfurt. The intensive program aims to provide budding business creators with support in structuring their ideas and setting up their start-up. We want to contribute our extensive expertise and our experience in order to guarantee that the start-ups are ready for the market and for venture capital investors.” Britta Mues-Walter, one of the directors of the Founder Institute in Frankfurt, commented: “We are very happy to have the extensive support of FPS. In addition to its active participation in the fall semester, FPS offers our founders an attractive start-up legal package that ensures that their companies start out on the right track. We are greatly looking forward to working together with the FPS team in the upcoming semester.” In the run-up to the workshop program, the Founder Institute already organized a series of free events for the general public on the subject of company start-ups in the Rhine-Main region. The next event, “How to Start a Global Start-up in Frankfurt”, will be held on August 31 in the TechQuartier. You can get more information on the ‘Global Start-up’ event at frankfurt-how-to-start-a-global-startup-in-city. You will find a list of all events at fi.co/events. About the Founder Institute The Founder Institute in Silicon Valley is a pre-seed accelerator that has helped supported more than 3,500 companies in over 180 countries around the world get set up. It was founded by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. The first program was launched in May 2009 in a small classroom at Stanford University. In total, the graduates of the Founder Institute have amassed over USD 800 million so far. Their companies are worth an estimated USD 20 billion. Since it was launched in Germany in 2010, the program has helped start up over 70 tech companies here. With a planned duration of two terms per year, the Founder Institute is looking to found over 20 start-ups in Frankfurt every year. Applications for the program can be submitted by October 6 at fi.co/join. The Frankfurt chapter is headed by local directors Fernanda Alvarez, Pedro Ferreira, Eugenio Grappa, Britta Mues-Walter and Carolina Yeo.