After three iterations of FounderX in Silicon Valley, the Founder Institute will host the next FounderX event in Sofia, Bulgaria!

FounderX is a strictly invite-only event. FI Graduates, Mentors, and Directors will be invited to register on a private site via email. If you did not receive an email, please email your local Directors or FI support. 


FounderX Europe, at DigitalK

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM (EEST)

VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN Sofia, Bulgaria

FounderX (FounderX.com), the Founder Institute's premier gathering of fast-growing Graduates, top-rated Mentors and leading program Directors from our global network of 9000+ technology entrepreneurs, is going international! 

In partnership with one of Europe's leading technology events, DigitalK, the Founder Institute is excited to announce our first FounderX Europe event, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Our official host in Sofia is Puzl CowOrKing, the winner of the 2017 CESA Award for Best Coworking Space in Central and Eastern Europe - made by and for IT humans.

Since 2010, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 500 companies across its European chapters, and those companies have gone on to raise over €60M Euro in funding. At FounderX Europe, for the first time ever we will gather our network from Europe and beyond for a series of private networking events, group workshops, lectures, and formal dinners.

The goal of the FounderX Europe is to facilitate meaningful connections and learning between members of our global and European #FIWorldwide network. 

 

Speakers & Office Hours

We are currently confirming speakers for FounderX Europe. Below are speakers from the last FounderX event. 

  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

  Jonathan Greechan : Co-Founder of the Founder Institute

Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder of the Founder Institute

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

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

  Yokum Taku : Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Yokum Taku: Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  Vijay Nagappan : Principal, MHS Capital

Vijay Nagappan: Principal, MHS Capital

 

Event Partners

 

Agenda

 

The full agenda for FounderX Europe is being created now. 

 

 

Wednesday, May 30th  

10:00AM - 05:00PM    
Open Office Hours & Co-Working (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 1, via email.

LOCATION: Puzl CowOrKing (Cherni Vrah 47A, 1407 Sofia) 

 

12:00PM - 04:00PM

2018 European Director Offsite (for FI Directors)

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

LOCATION: Puzl CowOrKing: Cherni Vrah 47A, 1407 Sofia (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)

 

07:00PM - 09:30PM
European Director Dinner Reception (for FI Directors only) 

FI Directors are invited to join an intimate dinner at Cosmos, to enjoy authentic gastronomic Bulgarian cuisine. 

LOCATION: Puzl CowOrKing: Cherni Vrah 47A, 1407 Sofia (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted)

 

10:00PM - ???
FounderX Welcome Reception with Drinks

Start the FounderX event at this casual meetup at a hip lounge in Sofia. A cash bar will be available.  

LOCATION: Private location in Sofia (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted). 

 

Thursday, May 31st

09:30AM - 05:30PM

FounderX "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 Europe, Silicon Valley and beyond. 

The agenda is being formed now. See the agenda for the last FounderX Un-Conference here

LOCATION:  Sofia Event Center (1407 Sofia, Bulgaria, Cherni Vrah Blvd 100, Paradise Center Floor 3)  

 

07:30PM - 11:00PM

Founder Institute Global Dinner Gala

The Founder Institute will host a private, exclusive dinner for all FounderX attendees at a TBA restaurant in Sofia. Join us to enjoy local cuisine and network with FI Graduates, Directors, Mentors, and Partners. 

During this event we will also announce the winners of the Founder Institute Europe Awards.

LOCATION: Private location in Sofia (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted). 

 

11:30PM - ???

DigitalK Official Afterparty

After Dinner, those wanting to keep the night going can join the FI Team at the DigitalK afterparty at a Sofia nightclub, where you can network with both FounderX and DigitalK attendees. 

LOCATION: Private location in Sofia (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted). 

 

 

Friday, June 1st

08:30AM - 05:00PM

DigitalK Startup Conference

DigitalK is one of the leading European technology events, and FounderX attendees are welcome to attend the event at no additional cost. Learn more about the DigitalK event, agenda and speakers at DigitalK.bg.

LOCATION:  Sofia Event Center (1407 Sofia, Bulgaria, Cherni Vrah Blvd 100, Paradise Center Floor 3)  

 

11:00PM - ???

DigitalK Official Closing Party

Join the DigitalK Official Closing Party at a Sofia nightclub to network with both FounderX and DigitalK attendees. 

LOCATION: Private location in Sofia (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted). 

 

 

Saturday, June 2nd

12:00PM - 04:00PM

FounderX Group Offsite TBA

We are planning a fun activity on Saturday for FounderX attendees to explore Sofia and Bulgarian culture. More details forthcoming! 

LOCATION: Private location in Sofia (Invite-only, only registered attendees will be admitted).