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Founder Showcase


This event is organized by Founder Institute.

Idea to IPO is collaborating by promoting the event.

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Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading seed-stage startup event, gathering top technology founders and investors to hear and learn from leading experts, and help launch promising new companies to greatness.

The 14th edition of Founder Showcase will feature a series of practical “how to” workshop talks designed to help seed stage entrepreneurs.

Speakers include:

Phil Libin, Co-Founder and CEO of Evernote

Nir Eyal, Acclaimed Business Writer and Advisor

Joe Abraham, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of BOSI Global.


There will be an entertaining pitch competition featuring six promising seed stage companies. Attendees can enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall lined iwith hot startups demoing their wares for a chance to present on stage in the Demo Table Competition.


Are you looking for exposure to investors and to the press?

Applications to the free pitch competition have ended, but you still have a chance to get on stage via the Demo Table Competition. Learn more here.


About the Speakers

Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Evernote

Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the leading providers of smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world, and Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000. Follow him@plibin.


Nir Eyal, Business Writer and Advisor

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and today is a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nir is also an advisor to several Bay Area startups and incubators. Nir’s last company received venture funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and was acquired in 2011. In addition to blogging at, Nir is a contributing writer for ForbesTechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.


Joe Abraham, Entrepreneur, Author, Founder of BOSI Global

Joe is founder of BOSI Global which operates, recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for its assessment technology for startups, and BOSIFast50 – a portfolio of high-growth entrepreneurial companies. Joe has started and exited three companies, invested in over 20 early stage companies, wrote Entrepreneurial DNA: The Breakthrough Discovery That Aligns Your Business to Your Unique Strengths (McGraw Hill 2011), and has been featured on FoxNews, CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC for his expertise on entrepreneurship and innovation.


Pitch Judges

Leading venture capitalists and angel investors participate in a judging panel onstage to review, and provide feedback for startups at the Founder Sho

Judges for the 14th Founder Showcase will be announced shortly. To see a past judging panel, see our last event page.

Startup Mentor Awards

Founder Institute mentors provide the support, feedback, and guidance that has helped our early stage founders launch over 800 businesses since the Institute was founded in 2009.

While all of our 2500+ mentors are great resources for FI startups,  among these great individuals, there are a few that stand out.  There will be a celebration of  those who unselfishly give back to the startup community with a special Startup Mentor Awards Ceremony.

Click here to see the nominees and current winners.


2:30pm – 3:00pm: Welcoming Reception with Appetizers 
3:00pm – 3:15pm: Opening Remarks by the Emcee, Adeo Ressi 
3:15pm – 3:55pm: Main Pitch Competition: Round 1 Pitches & Voting 
3:55pm – 4:35pm: Main Pitch Competition: Round 2 Pitches & Voting 
4:35pm – 4:45pm: Showcase Showdown and Grand Prize Winner 
4:45pm – 6:15pm: Intermission Reception with Appetizers and Drinks 
6:15pm – 6:45pm: 2012 Startup Mentor Awards – Celebrating Those Who Give Back 
6:45pm – 7:15pm: Workshop by Phil LibinTopic TBA..
7:15pm – 7:30pm: Expert Pitch Feedback, with the Audience ChoiceCrowdPitch Award Winners 
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Workshop by Joe Abraham – “The Founder Matching Workshop: How to Decode Someone’s Entrepreneurial DNA to Find the Ideal Co-Founder Match”
8:00pm – 8:45pm: Workshop by Nir Eyal – “Hooked: How to Create Addictive Products, and the Psychology Behind How Products Form User Habits”
8:45pm – 9:00pm: Conclusion 
9:00pm – ???: After Party, details TBA


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An early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that has graduated over 800 companies.




Elance, the world’s leading platform for online employment, helps startups hire and manage in the cloud. 


A program that provides Software, Support and Visibility for Software Startups.


ÜberConference is visual phone conferencing. It's conference calls done right.


Javelin Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm specializing in technology based start-ups that leverage key innovations to create scalable, high-growth companies.


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  • Rob

    Just a friendly reminder.....

    There is a cover charge to attend this event.

    A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation.

    In order to attend, you must register and pay here:

    Idea to IPO members get 20% off.

    To get your 20% discount, enter promo code: IDEA-TO-IPO

    July 14, 2013

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