Entrepreneur training programme The Founder Institute launches in London

US-based programme offers expert training and feedback to help budding entrepreneurs on their "journey to success"

Entrepreneurial training and part-time start-up accelerator programme The Founder Institute is to launch its first accelerator in the capital.

The Silicon Valley based programme is thought to be the largest in the world, and has been looking to come to London or some time. Following a successful trial period in January the launch has been brought forward – and demand for the programme is said to be so strong that the test period has been shortened by 10 days.

The Institute is a four-month course providing promising entrepreneurs with structured training, expert feedback, and support from experienced start-up founders on their journey to launching their own company.

A series of free start-up events for the public will be hosted by  the Institute, including an information session on Tuesday 17 February at Google Campus in London.

Founder Institute founder and CEO, Adeo Ressi, said: “Expert mentorship is sorely needed for idea-stage entrepreneurs in London. In Silicon Valley, we call this mentorship the ‘pay-it-forward’ mentality.With the Founder Institute’s structured program, we plan to emulate this dynamic in London and lower the barrier to entry for new entrepreneurs”

Darell Knight, a serial entrepreneur on his fifth start-up and co-director of the London Founder Institute commented:

“There is a large gap in quality mentorship for idea-stage entrepreneurs in London, and the Founder Institute will fill this gap.The support we have received from the community has been tremendous, because people understand that bringing some ‘Silicon Valley’ to the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ will be very powerful.”

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