Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs to step up to the plate, the renowned Founders Institute (FI) from Silicon Valley is here in town and wants to build a global network of entrepreneurs’ right here in Johor. It’s the only programme of its kind that focuses on you instead of your ideas, accepts founders with day jobs and equity for all participants. FI has nurtured several startups across six continents including Reality Mogul, Appota, and Udemy just to name a few.
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.
The localised version of FI will also implement its newest company-building curriculum suitable to address the needs of advance 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).
“Having the Founder Institute’s programme 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,” said Feng.
“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 a strong outlook for growth,” said Jason Kang.
Mentor and founder Ian Chua feels that bringing this top notch start up programme 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 start up program in this city. We are excited and looking forward to have local founders rocking the local start startups in the region,” said Ian Chua.
Institute is 14 weeks training programme, and 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!
Anyone who is interested can apply to the Johor Bahru Founder Institute at http://fi.co/apply/Johor_Bahru .
Those who applies by the Early Application Deadline on 17th June 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
Article by Amin Khairuddin, The Iskandarian