PALO ALTO, California, August 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Founder Institute (, a startup accelerator and entrepreneur training program, has launched two new European locations - Brussels ( and Berlin (, in its ongoing mission to Globalize Silicon Valley. With a second semester in Paris ( also launching this Fall, the Institute now operates in three European locations, and thirteen cities worldwide.

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To help European founders build successful technology companies, the Institute has launched a European Startup Tour for American CEOs to bring the best entrepreneurial practices from the U.S. and Silicon Valley to Europe. Likely participants include:

- Andrew Weinrich, Founder of MeetMoi and Xtify - Craig Kanarick, Cofounder of Razorfish - Dan Shapiro, Founder of Ontela, Board of Photobucket - Joe Betts-LaCroix, Founder of OQO - Joe Bezdek, Cofounder of DivX

Any successful CEO or Founder of a startup is encouraged to participate by emailing apply [at] founderinstitute [dot] com. The Institute is recruiting European CEO and Founder Mentors as well, including:

- Sebastien de Halleux, Cofounder of Playfish - Dries Buytaert, Cofounder of Drupal Association - Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous - Philippe Spruch, Cofounder and CEO of LaCie

The Paris, Berlin and Brussels sessions run from September to December, 2010. Anyone interested in launching a technology company and learning from experienced American and European CEOs can apply at for Paris, for Brussels, and for Berlin. The Application Deadline for all three chapters is September 3rd, 2010.

About The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute ( is a technology startup accelerator and entrepreneur training program currently on pace to launch over 500 companies per year in over 13 cities worldwide. The program identifies high-potential entrepreneurs using predictive social science testing, and then guides them through weekly company-building sessions featuring a network of over 250 CEO Mentors. All program stakeholders, including the participating founders and CEO Mentors, share in the equity generated by companies formed in the program. In addition, participants get access to free and discounted services, and are not required to quit their day job. Founded in 2009, The Founder Institute aims to Globalize Silicon Valley by launching over 1000 meaningful and enduring technology companies per year in over 30 cities worldwide.

SOURCE: The Founder Institute

CONTACT: Jonathan Greechan of The Founder Institute, +1-914-447-8632,jonathan [at] thefunded [dot] com