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Founder Institute Startup Accelerator Opens Applications in Kenya for the First Time


The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, has opened its accelerator program in Nairobi, Kenya. 

This is the first time the Silicon-Valley based program which has chapters in over 200 cities worldwide is coming to Kenya targeting early-stage startups in the country.

The Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding, and build something that matters. 

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  4,300 Alumni raise over $950M 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 online startup events in Nairobi, where startup founders can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program from the comfort of your home.

‘’’Opportunities are now flourishing in Nairobi and throughout Kenya. There’s a great ecosystem for entrepreneurs – from crowdfunding platforms to co-working spaces. The Founder Institute can increase an aspiring technology entrepreneur’s chance of success by providing the necessary skills and mindset – and a link to the Silicon Valley’’ a statement on The Founder Institute’s website reads.

The Founder Institute was 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 says its mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Applications for the Founder Institute Kenya accelerator program can be done here.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I write about tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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