Founder Institute opens applications for international startup pitch competition in February – The Sociable



Pre-seed stage startups looking to kick off 2021 by getting exposure to international investors, media and technology leaders, listen up! Founder Institute is accepting applications from around the globe for its next Founder Showcase, the accelerator’s flagship international startup pitch competition.

On February 10, pre-seed technology companies with less than $250,000 USD in funding will pitch to a panel of investors, with the aim to have startups learn from and connect with investors and other key influencers in the global startup ecosystem. The event is entirely online and interested startups can apply at this link until applications close on January 17.

Launched in 2009 in Silicon Valley, the Founder Showcase has become a seminal event in the startup ecosystem. Past hosts at the event include Tesla founder Elon Musk, Box co-founder Aaron Levie, and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.

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Companies who’ve taken the stage to pitch at Founder Showcase have gone on to raise over $1.5 billion in venture capital funding collectively according to the accelerator, and past winners include successful startups like Udemy and Thumbtack. In 2011, The New York Times likened the event to “American Idol” for startups.

The organizer of Founder Showcase, Founder Institute, is the world’s largest early-stage startup accelerator. They work across the globe with chapters in over 200 cities and have over 4,500 portfolio companies with an estimated portfolio value of $30 billion,
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