After three iterations of FounderX in Silicon Valley, the Founder Institute intends to hold the next FounderX event in an international location!

Stay tuned for more information, or learn more about the last FounderX event below. 


FounderX: Raise Funding in 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:30 PM (PDT)

VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN Palo Alto, CA

The need for early-stage companies to secure funding in order to compete is more pressing than ever before. In addition, the path to raising funding is very different for each geographic market, business vertical, and specific company. At the upcoming "FounderX: Raise Funding in 2017" event, we are preparing a 3-day "un-conference" agenda specifically designed to help our Graduates gain the contacts, personal feedback, and hands-on strategic improvements they need to secure seed or angel funding in 2017.    

FounderX (fX) is the Founder Institute's premier semi-annual gathering of fast-growing Graduates, top-rated Mentors and leading program Directors from our global network of technology entrepreneurs. Over three days, hand-selected members of the Founder Institute network from six continents will visit Silicon Valley for a series of networking events, workshops and formal dinners. 

Come to the next FounderX to connect with the global Founder Institute network, while learning best practices on securing the funding that you need to grow in 2017 and beyond. 

 

Speakers & Office Hours

Steve Jurvetson: Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Board of SpaceX and Tesla

Steve Jurvetson: Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Board of SpaceX and Tesla

Shervin Pishevar: Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sherpa Capital, Hyperloop One

Shervin Pishevar: Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sherpa Capital, Hyperloop One

Christine Herron: Managing Director at Intel Capital and Co-Lead, Intel Capital Diversity Fund

Christine Herron: Managing Director at Intel Capital and Co-Lead, Intel Capital Diversity Fund

Xiao Wang: Managing Partner of Innospring Seed Fund, Founder of Innospring Ventures

Xiao Wang: Managing Partner of Innospring Seed Fund, Founder of Innospring Ventures

Don Dodge: Developer Advocate at Google, veteran SV executive

Don Dodge: Developer Advocate at Google, veteran SV executive

Lauren Kolodny: Principal at Aspect Ventures

Lauren Kolodny: Principal at Aspect Ventures

Shruti Shah: EIR at Silicon Valley Bank, Co-Founder of Move Loot

Shruti Shah: EIR at Silicon Valley Bank, Co-Founder of Move Loot

Jed Katz: Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners

Jed Katz: Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners

Eren Bali: Co-Founder & CEO of Carbon, Co-Founder & Chairman at Udemy

Eren Bali: Co-Founder & CEO of Carbon, Co-Founder & Chairman at Udemy

Madeline Duva: Startup Advisor/ Board Member at Eye-Fi, Drop, mPerpetuo, Parrot, Fluxx

Madeline Duva: Startup Advisor/ Board Member at Eye-Fi, Drop, mPerpetuo, Parrot, Fluxx

Omar Valle: Startup Business Development Executive at Amazon

Omar Valle: Startup Business Development Executive at Amazon

Bob Rosin: VP Global Business Development at LinkedIn, Angel Investor

Bob Rosin: VP Global Business Development at LinkedIn, Angel Investor

Jeff Zias: Grassroots Innovation Leader at Intuit

Jeff Zias: Grassroots Innovation Leader at Intuit

Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder of the Founder Institute

Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder of the Founder Institute

Ryan Feit: CEO and Co-founder at SeedInvest

Ryan Feit: CEO and Co-founder at SeedInvest

Mark Volcheck: Founding Partner, Las Olas Venture Capital

Mark Volcheck: Founding Partner, Las Olas Venture Capital

Vishal Lugani: Investor at Aspect Ventures

Vishal Lugani: Investor at Aspect Ventures

Adeo Ressi: CEO of the Founder Institute, 9X entrepreneur 

Adeo Ressi: CEO of the Founder Institute, 9X entrepreneur 

Angela Lee: Co-Founder & CEO of From Fat to Finish Line

Angela Lee: Co-Founder & CEO of From Fat to Finish Line

Paul D'Souza: CEO of Delivering Peak Performance

Paul D'Souza: CEO of Delivering Peak Performance

Rosemarie Truman: CEO of The Center for Advancing Innovation

Rosemarie Truman: CEO of The Center for Advancing Innovation

Yokum Taku: Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Yokum Taku: Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Ryan Micheletti: Co-Founder of Vet-Tech Accelerator

Ryan Micheletti: Co-Founder of Vet-Tech Accelerator

Jose Antonio Talledo: Founder & CEO of Algaex S.A

Jose Antonio Talledo: Founder & CEO of Algaex S.A

Greg Pietruszynski: Founder & CEO at Growbots

Greg Pietruszynski: Founder & CEO at Growbots

Vijay Nagappan: Principal, MHS Capital

Vijay Nagappan: Principal, MHS Capital

Mike Suprovici: Entrepreneur in Residence at Founder Institute

Mike Suprovici: Entrepreneur in Residence at Founder Institute

 

Event Partners

 

Agenda

 

Monday, May 22nd  

12:00PM - 05:00PM    
Open Office Hours 1 (for FI Grads & Mentors/ Partners) 

FI HQ is matchmaking "Office Hours" with promising Graduates and various FI mentors throughout the day. Coordination for these meetings will begin on May 12th, via email. 

LOCATION: Founder Institute HQ (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)

 

06:00PM - 08:30PM
FounderX Kickoff Mixer @ Private Location

Start the FounderX event at this mixer with hor deurves and drinks.  Meet others in the FI network, and join us in an informal discussion on Diversity and Inclusion. Everyone from the FI Global Network is invited to attend this event, and we plan to visit a bar afterwards as well!

LOCATION: Private Location in San Jose, CA (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)

 

Tuesday, May 23rd

ALL DAY (8:30AM - 10:00PM)

Open Co-Working at the Founder Institute Headquarters

The doors to FI HQ will be open to all members of the FI network beginning at 8:30 AM. You are welcome to grab a desk all day at our indoor/outdoor office, or use us a base for doing business in Silicon Valley.

A self-serve breakfast will be available from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM, sandwich lunch from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, and coffee and snacks all day long. Drinks will be served starting at 4:30 PM. 

LOCATION: Founder Institute HQ (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)


ALL DAY 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Open Office Hours 2 (for FI Grads & Mentors/ Partners) 

FI HQ is matchmaking "Office Hours" with promising Graduates and various FI mentors throughout the day. Coordination for these meetings will begin on May 12th, via email.

LOCATION: Founder Institute HQ (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)


11:00AM - 04:00PM

2017 Global Director Offsite (for FI Directors)

FI Directors are invited to join our yearly offsite to discuss and plan the future of the Founder Institute. Food will be served, and this event will be hosted by Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute.

LOCATION: Private Location (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)



5:00PM - 10:00PM
Fireside Founder Cookout, presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR)

Gather around the fire with Founders, Mentors, and Investors from around the globe at this "California Glamping"-themed roast. Play lawn games with hot cocktails, and devour upscale-camping fare and grilled meats straight from the cooker. And to answer your question, yes, there will be smores.

At 7:00PM at this event, we will also broadcast live as we announce the Winners of the 2016 FI Graduate Awards

LOCATION: Founder Institute HQ (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)

 

 

Wednesday, May 24th

09:30AM - 5:30PM

FounderX: Raise Funding in 2017 "Un-Conference"

This private, collaborative "un-conference" will feature intensive workshops, panel discussions, pitch feedback sessions, and presentations from top venture-funded entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley and beyond. The goal of this event is for founders to pitch investors and get actionable feedback and insights they can use to successfully raise funding for their company in 2017. 

LOCATION: Microsoft Silicon Valley: 1065 La Avenida, Building 1, Mountain View, CA (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)

AGENDA:

9:30 AM: Welcoming Coffee Reception

10:00 AM: Opening Remarks by Adeo Ressi (CEO of the Founder Institute)

Track 1: Crowdfunding & Angel Investment

10:15 AM: Ryan Feit (Co-Founder & CEO of SeedInvest): "What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Equity Crowdfunding"

10:45 AM: Don Dodge (Developer Advocate at Google, Angel Investor): Q&A Discussion on Angel Investing and Corporate M&A

11:15 AM: SeedInvest Demo Day: FI Graduate Pitch, Feedback, and Strategy Session with Angels & Advisors

- Ryan Feit: Co-Founder & CEO of SeedInvest
- Madeline Duva: Startup Advisor/ Board Member at Eye-Fi, Drop
- Xiao Wang: Managing Partner of Innospring Seed Fund
- Vishal Lugani: Investor at Aspect Ventures

12:00 PM: Lunch Break, presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR)

Track 2: Seed & VC Investment

12:45 PM: Shervin Pishevar (Managing Director of Sherpa Ventures, Co-Founder of Hyperloop One): Q&A Discussion on Funding Trends, Signals, and Building "Moonshots"

1:15 PM: Coffee Break, presented by SeedInvest (with Kindara and Daylighted

1:30 PM: Christine Herron (Director at Intel Capital and Co-Lead, Intel Capital Diversity Fund): "Why You Got Turned Down for Seed Funding"

2:00 PM: Panel: "Deep Dive of Deal Mechanics" with a Founder, VC, and Lawyer that closed a deal together

- Eren Bali: Co-Founder & CEO of Carbon, Co-Founder & Chairman at Udemy
- Yokum Taku: Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR)
- Vijay Nagappan: Principal at MHS Capital

2:30 PM: Jed Katz (Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners): "A Checklist for Startups Raising a Series-A"

3:15 PM: Lauren Kolodny (Principal at Aspect Ventures): "Let's Talk About Talk: Voice is Your New Platform"

3:45 PM: Coffee Break, presented by SeedInvest (with Kindara and Daylighted

4:00 PM: Steve Jurvetson (Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson): Q&A Discussion on the Technology Trends Poised to Fundamentally Change Every Industry

Track 3: Corporate Partnerships & Investment

4:45 PM: Panel: Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Investment

- Bob Rosin: VP Business Development at LinkedIn, Former Biz Dev Lead at Skype
- Greg Pietruszynski: Founder & CEO at Growbots
- Jeff Zias: Grassroots Innovation Leader at Intuit
- Omar Valle: Startup Business Development at Amazon
- Rosemarie Truman: Founder/ CEO of The Center for Advancing Innovation

5:30 PM: Wrap-Up

  

 

06:00PM - 08:00PM

FounderX Wine Down

Decompress and say your good-byes at this casual gathering just down the street from Microsoft. 

LOCATION: Private Location (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)