A while back, I asked whether we had enough entrepreneurs In Mexico to catch the attention of the Founder Institute. It looks like the answer is a resounding yes, as the organization has now established the program in two of the country’s most vibrant tech epicenters.
Today, the Founder Institute, the world’s largest startup accelerator, has announced its launch in Guadalajara, Mexico. This marks the organization’s second landing in Mexico, having set up shop in Mexico City last month. Of the 13 countries in which the organization operates to date, Mexico represents the fourth to have programs in multiple cities (accompanied by the United States, Vietnam and Colombia).
The Guadalajara chapter will be led by Rodrigo Padilla (Co-Founder of Folgom), Miguel Angel Velarde (Co-Founder of Plaiding) and Victor Reyes (Co-Founder of SkyRocket Tech Lab). The Mexico City chapter is headed by Oscar Velázquez and Hernando Guzman.
Through the Founder Institute’s four month part-time program, existing and prospective entrepreneurs are able to launch their technology companies without having to quit their day jobs. They are provided expert training, feedback, and support from experienced technology CEOs and executives. Mentors expected to participate in Mexico include Adalberto Flores of Ooyala, Cesar Salazar of 500 Startups, and Jorge Zavala of TechBA.
In celebration of these launches, two free events in Guadalajara and Mexico City have been scheduled to take place next Tuesday, September 11th: the Guadalajara FI Information Session and the Mexico City Startup Pitch Bootcamp.
Mexico has both the talent and growing economy to support a thriving technology and startup scene. Regarding the Founder Institute’s expansion in the nation, organization Founder Adeo Ressi said, “We are scaling up quickly in Mexico so that we can help all of these new high-potential entrepreneurs build meaningful and enduring companies.”
Those interested in working with the Founder Institute Mexico may apply here. The Final application deadline for both Mexico City and Guadalajara is on Sunday, September 30th. If you apply before the early application deadline on Sunday, September 16th, you’ll be able to take the organization’s Predictive Admissions Test free of charge (test takers are generally charged US$50).
Under the mantra Globalizing Silicon Valley, the Founder Institute program is open to existing and prospective technology founders of all kinds – with or without an idea, young or old, and with a full-time job or unemployed.