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The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Vitoria. While the Silicon-Valley based program has chapters in over 185 cities worldwide, early-stage entrepreneurs in Vitoria can finally now take advantage of the Founder Institute's renowned structure, mentor support, and network to build an enduring company. 

Applications to the first ever Vitoria Founder Institute are now open, and anyone interested in building a technology company can apply at

The Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structure needed to build an enduring company, from launch to team and funding. Since 2009, the program has helped over  4,000 Graduates raise over $900M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events in Vitoria, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program:

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Vitoria include local startup leaders Michele Janovik Tureta (Consultora de Inovação e Projetos, e-nnoves Inovação Online), Miguel Barreto (CEO and Founder, Sol Lar e Cryptonita), Milton Borges Junior (CEO, Life Colibri - Ciência & Tecnologia), Nima Kazerooni (Director, Brazil, Founder Institute), Rimaldo De Sá (CEO - Fundador, Beta Rede).

Brazil is one of our fastest growing countries, as we believe the country is well positioned to become one of the top global startup ecosystems", says Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute

In addition, many of the region's top founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors have signed on to mentor new entrepreneurs in the Vitoria 2020 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Alex Rodrigues: Mentor, FI
  • Andrea Cardoni: Diretora Executiva, Quântuma Consultoria e Treinamento
  • Caio Kuster: Managing Director, Kuster & De Angeli Advogados Associados
  • Carla Damaris: Head of people, LiberFly
  • Carolina Ferreguete: COO e Co-founder, Global Touch
  • César Tureta: Professor/Pesquisador, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES)
  • Denis Ferrari: Líder da Azys Inovação, Azys Inovação
  • Edson Queiroz Nascim Queiroz: SÓCIO FUNDADOR, OCEQ Consultoria e Treinamento Empresarial S/S Ltda
  • Elizabeth Merlo: Gestão da Mudanca, EM
  • Elton Moura: Diretor de Inovação, FAPES
  • Felipe Lomeu: Head of Growth, Tegrus
  • Flavia Lessa: Marketing Manager, Sebrae-ES
  • Flavia Da Veiga: Founder, BeHappier
  • Flávio Marques: Head of Business Development, AEVO
  • Franco Machado: Fundador e CEO, Mogai Tecnologia / Olho do Dono
  • Gabriel Zanette Koehlert: Co-Founder | CMO , LiberFly
  • Gustavo Rocha: Fundador e Presidente Executivo, Argo Crew
  • Hélio João Pepe De Moraes: Advogado / Sócio , SGMP
  • Iorrana Pupa: Sócia, Ecosocial Inteligência
  • Janc Lage: CTIO, Grupo Águia Branca
  • Jarbas Gomes: Jarbas Gomes, Jargo
  • Julia Caiado: CEO & Co-Founder, Global Touch
  • Juliana Munaldi Marinato: Gerente de Transformação Digital e Novos Negócios , Viação Águia Branca
  • Leandro Freitas: Fundador, Borracharia do Leandro
  • Leonidio Pinheiro: Gerente de Tecnologia e Inovação, Sebrae-ES
  • Luis Felipe Valfre: CEO, INNLAW Escola de Inovação Jurídica e Valfre Advogados
  • Marcilio Riegert: Executivo , MCI
  • Maria Emilia Peres: Head of Innovation Hub, Vale
  • Marília Camara De Assis: Executiva de Negócios, WeGov
  • Mayra Belem: CMO, Azys Inovação - Aceleradora de Startups
  • Michel Vasconcelos: Fundador , Ecosocial Inteligência
  • Neide Sellin: Fundadora, Vixsystem
  • Orlando Bolsanelo Caliman: Diretor Executivo , Espírito Santo em Ação
  • Paulo Oaskes: Controller, Grupo Águia Branca
  • Priscila De Nadai Sastre: Executiva de Marketing e Consultora em Negócios Internacionais , ESPM e APEX-Brasil
  • Renan Arantes Santana: CEO, Kokar
  • Tiago Do Val: Membro , Hub do Bem

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. The organization's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Join us in Vitoria to build a great company in 2020. 

Apply to the Vitoria 2020 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  

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