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World’s Premier Early-Stage Accelerator Calling for Aspiring and Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in Need of Mentorship, Training and Funding. Program Offers Perks from Selected Partners.

The Founder Institute (www.fi.co), the world’s premier early-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that it is has opened applications for its first semester in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Since launching in Malaysia in 2013, the program has created over 40 technology companies with several graduates launching global products. Our efforts in Asia have also been profiled by media channels, including e27 and Tech in Asia.

Anyone who is interested in starting a company can apply to the Johor Bahru Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/Johor_Bahru, and there is a free upcoming event where attendees can learn how to build a company in Johor Bahru.

  • Startup Pitch Bootcamp: Learn How to Pitch from Top Entrepreneurs (June 2nd, 11:00am): RSVP
  • How to Create an Impactful Company (June 9th, 2:00pm): RSVP
  • Startup Office Hours: Get Business Advice from Experts (June 27th, 7:00pm): RSVP


For aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, the Founder Institute’s comprehensive Silicon Valley 
step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company. The Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants. Founder Institute Graduate companies include fast-rising startups across 6 continents like Udemy, Realty Mogul, Itembase, goplaceit, Appota, and many more.


“In Penang and Kuala Lumpur, we’ve already seen that great companies can take off in Malaysia. We’re excited about Johor Bahru because it’s a key market for the Founder Institute. It’s a potential technology hub that can really distance itself from the pack,”says Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute.

Pic : Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of Founder Institute

 

In addition, this new Johor Bahru launch will include the Founder Institute’s newest company-building curriculum suitable to address the needs of advanced founders (MVP stage) as well as aspiring new entrepreneurs at the idea-stage – a project just released this year in collaboration with hundreds of startup leaders across the globe. The Johor Bahru Chapter will be led by local startup leaders , Feng Lim (Founder Community Director, StartupJohor), Ian Chua (Founder & CEO, Hermo) and Jason Kang (Executive Director, KJS Group).

“Founder Institute is a great platform for aspiring and early-stage local entrepreneurs to be part of a global network of experienced founders and mentors. Combining the global network with a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, founders from Johor will have the necessary resources to build impactful robust businesses with astrong outlook for growth.”Jason Kang (Executive Director, KJS Group)

Pic : Jason Kang, Executive Director, KJS Group

 

“From the past experiences where I have been a mentor for the Founder Institute in Kuala Lumpur, we feel that bringing this top notch start up program into Johor Bahru, an emerging city in this region, will bring benefits to the community. With the strong lineup of the mentors, we seek to help founders to grow, from idea validation, growing the business, to law and fundraising. This is the first time we’ll see a global level startup program in this city. We are excited and looking forward to have local founders rocking the local start startups in the region.”Ian Chua (Founder & CEO, Hermo)
Pic : Ian Chua, Founder & CEO of Hermo

 

“Having the Founder Institute’s program in our ecosystems aligns with StartupJohor’s effort to create a successful startup ecosystem via developing strong tech startup founders in the southern region on Malaysia. We would like to invite our fellow Malaysian working in Singapore, who have a dream and yearned to start a company to come back home and to join us in this program.”Feng Lim (Founder Community Director, StartupJohor)

Pic : Feng Lim, Founder & Community Director of StartupJohor


Mentors who have expressed interest in helping Johor Bahru Founder Institute participants include:

  • Seah Kian Hoe, Heng Hiap Industries
  • Jeffrey Paines, Golden Gate Ventures
  • Dr Yeong Chee Fai, DF Automation
  • Dr Lau Cher Han, iStream
  • And many more.

Founder Institute is 14 weeks training programme, entrepreneurs ‘learn by doing’ and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from these mentors. In addition, since training sessions take place once a week at night, programme participants are not required to quit their day jobs.

Anybody who is interested can apply to the Johor Bahru Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/Johor_Bahru. Anyone who applies by the Early Application Deadline on June 17, 2018 is eligible for a variety of scholarships – including the Female Founder Fellowship, which is offered to the best overall female applicant.

Learn more about the Founder Institute at http://fi.co.



About the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute (http://fi.co) is the world’s premier early-stage accelerator and startup launch program. For aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 150 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. It is operated out of Palo Alto, California.

Press Contact: Jonathan Greechan (j@fi.co)