Today, the Founder Institute, the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce the formation of the Founder Institute Wisconsin chapter ( of Founder Institute in partnership with Tech-Prize ( located in Racine, WI. Founder Institute Wisconsin will work with Entrepreneurs throughout the region, the United States, and internationally.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, including aspiring founders with a full-time jobs, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. The Founder Institute’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Tech-Prize is an annual competition seeking great ideas to integrate into our incubator funding and growth process preparing them to be ready to pitch for investors at our annual Idea and Pitch Competitions. Last year Tech-Prize awarded over $80,000 in scholarships and cash to local and global participants. More than an incubator and idea aggregator, Tech-Prize involve all participants in our mentorship and success process, meeting them wherever they’re at in their professional journey. We work on providing the secret sauce to success, the things they don’t teach you in the classroom.

Apply to the Fall 2022 Founder Institute Wisconsin cohort today, or learn more at

The Wisconsin Founder Institute is led by some of the region’s top startup leaders and entrepreneurs, including:

  • Jeff Hunter – Co-Director of Founder Institute Wisconsin | Startup Mentor | Executive in 2 Startups (Energy & High-Tech) | SVP Global Field Service at Blueflux Power | Former Fortune 150 Executive | Military Background
  • Dave Aumuller – Co-Director of Founder Institute Wisconsin | Experienced leader with proven success in developing talent and motivating teams to achieve high levels of operational performance across multiple organizations | Military Background
  • Jeffrey Daniel – Co-Chair of Tech-Prize Wisconsin | Startup Mentor | Executive in 2 Startups (Energy & High-Tech) | President – Products Group at Blueflux Power | Former Fortune 50 Executive
  • Tony Bigonia – Co-Chair of Tech-Prize Wisconsin | Entrepreneur |Startup Mentor | Business Owner – Uncorkt Racine | Military Background
  • Scott Kortendick – Startup Mentor FI Wisconsin | Financial Advisor Edward Jones | Business Owner – Ace Hardware Racine

Since 2009, Founder Institute’s highly structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,000 entrepreneurs to grow quickly, know what to do next, and make key connections through the largest community of startup advisors in the world.

It all starts with our renowned ‘FI Core’ accelerator, which pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth. Alumni of FI Core then receive free access to our advanced ‘Founder Lab’ accelerators for years to come and can get matched with prospective investors in the FI Venture Network – a collection of global funds actively investing in the earliest rounds of funding.

The results speak for themselves: FI Alumni have raised over $1.75BN in funding and are building impactful businesses across 200+ cities and 95+ countries all across the globe.

Join us in Wisconsin to get funded and build a global business!
Apply to the Fall 2022 Founder Institute Wisconsin cohort today, or learn more at