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The Founder Institute considering starting a chapter in Melbourne

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | By Gavin Lower

The world’s largest start-up accelerator, The Founder Institute, is considering establishing a new chapter in Melbourne later this year.

 

The institute, based in Silicon Valley, already has two chapters in Australia - in Sydney and Perth.

 

It says on its website that since launching in Sydney in 2010 the institute has helped launch more than 35 companies in Australia, including start-ups such as Slidefish, FoodOrbit and GeoMoby.

 

It says the institute’s four-month, part-time program promises entrepreneurs will “learn by doing” and launch a company through training courses, practical assignments and feedback from mentors.

 

Aspiring founders also don’t need to quit their day jobs to pursue their business idea.

 

The push to create a Founders Institute chapter in Melbourne is being led by start-up mentor Matt Allen and Envato development manager Sebastian von Conrad.

 

"Melbourne is a quickly growing technology hub, and the focus is shifting from Sydney to Melbourne," von Conrad is quoted on the site saying.

 

The institute is currently testing interest in Melbourne for a chapter, and is asking those interested to fill out a form here.

 

The institute is also hosting a webinar with chief executive Adeo Ressi and information sessions. More details can be found here.