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The Founder Institute Frankfurt Second Cohort is coming…Supported by FPS Law

The world’s biggest pre-seed accelerator program and one of Frankfurt’s leading full-service law firms come together to boost the regional ecosystem in Rhein-Main.

Today The Founder Institute Frankfurt (FI) announces its continued partnership with FPS Law, one of the leading full-service law firms in Frankfurt. FPS Law will again sponsor the Silicon Valley accelerator program as it launches a new cohort of startups in Frankfurt. FI’s summer 2020 semester begins on August 25th, 2020 and runs for 14 weeks.
As the exclusive legal sponsor for Frankfurt, FPS Law will host the session in their Frankfurt office (when health concerns and social distancing permit) as well as providing expert legal mentoring and know-how through the entire program during virtual sessions and dedicated office hours.

Philipp Weber, FPS Law Partner VC/M&A, explains, “We are delighted to be the exclusive legal partner for the Founder Institute program in Frankfurt for the second time, supporting entrepreneurs in shaping their ideas and establishing their start-ups. This intense program aims to create the momentum necessary to establish a successful start-up through a structured process. FPS Law is excited to share our extensive know-how and experience with these founders and to ensure their companies are ready to pursue venture capital investment. Our cooperation with the Founder Institute is an important element of our efforts to support the start-up and tech ecosystem in the Rhein-Main Region with our events, programs, and legal mentoring.”

Christoph Süssenberger, FPS Law Partner IP/IT, adds:
“Just like last year, one program session will specifically address intellectual property with a dash of information technology. Protecting intellectual property, particularly in the digital ecosystem, is the key to setting a business apart from its competitors. It’s our aim to give these start-ups the tools needed to build successful businesses.”

Pic: Founder Institute Cohort at FPS law offices — February 2020

Carolina Yeo, one of the directors of the Frankfurt Semester, commented: “We’re delighted to receive such great support from FPS Law again. As well as hosting and supporting the Semester, FPS Law are able to offer our Founders outstanding legal advice to ensure their companies start off on the right track. One lesson from the previous cohort is to incorporate this as early as possible. We look forward to working with the FPS Law team and all the founders in the upcoming 3.5 month semester.”

Since June 2019, the team has organized more than thirty events, webinars and sessions. Pedro Ferreira, another director explains: “In terms of ecosystem impact, more than one thousand and five hundred people attended our sessions, more than one hundred founders applied to join us, we gathered more than 25 founders together with seventy experienced mentors during the first cohort, and we launched a portfolio of eight companies. This was a great success and would not have been possible without the support of the entire ecosystem”

This second cohort will be run virtually, due to safe-distancing best practices during the pandemic. Nevertheless, it has received great interest in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region and abroad. Quentin Appleby, one of the new directors for this semester discloses: “This year we already confirmed more than twenty new founders, including some people based in countries as far away as Norway and Mexico. We will achieve even better numbers than last year.”

Eugenio Grapa and Dimitris Polychronopoulos further explain these interesting news: “This year’s program will also include special optional sessions for start-ups related to language education and culture programming. With the support of the polyglot community and some unique mentors involved in language education and cultural management businesses, these additional sessions will help those start-ups move forward. Dimitris Polychronopoulos, Director at the Oslo chapter, and hyperpolyglot will be joining to help develop and direct the add-on sessions which we believe will also be of interest to the general program participant.”

Applications are open until Sunday, August 16th. Anyone interested in launching a technology company is welcome to apply directly at

Britta Mues-Walter also highlights: “We have multiple fellowships supporting programs from Female Entrepreneurship to Impact Causes. Also, FPS Law will offer one of the best applicants from the FINTECH-PROPTECH fields the possibility to join for free”.

You can check some of the other fellowships here:

Female Entrpreneurship

Learn more about the Founder Institute at

and about FPS Law at

Further content about Events, Graduates and Generally about FI, here:



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