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Silicon Valley’s Founder Institute Launches Pre-Seed Startup Accelerator in Iraq

Now, more than ever, the world needs entrepreneurs to rethink what’s possible.

As a result, the Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Iraq under the Levant Program. While the Silicon-Valley based program has chapters in over 200 cities worldwide, early-stage entrepreneurs in Iraq can now take advantage of the Founder Institute’s renowned structure, mentor support, and network to build enduring companies.

Applications to the first ever Founder Institute Iraq are now open, and anyone interested in a structured and proven process to build something meaningful can apply at

The Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding. Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over 5000 Alumni raise over $950M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free startup virtual events. Attendees can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program. In addition, some of the region’s top investors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs will be participating in the program to provide expert feedback and evaluation.

The Levant program is led by some of the region’s top startup leaders – Maher Santarissy (CEO, Moment Venture Consulting) and Mohammad Santarissy (CEO, RelativelyFund).

“The region is ripe with talent, we believe that startups are key drivers to economic growth and innovation, the Founder Institute can increase an aspiring tech entrepreneur’s chance for success by providing a structured program, the necessary skills, mindset and access to Silicon Valley and global expertise”

Maher Santarissy

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

Iraq’s entrepreneurs can join the upcoming Levant Program and help build the future.

Apply to the 2021 Virtual Summer Program at, those that apply by the Early Application Deadline (2020-08-08) are eligible for reduced pricing. To learn more visit

Ahmed Aldazdi

I am a tech enthusiast, geologist, mapper, writer and historian. I enjoy writing in-depth subjects about emerging technologies and the tech economy, along with analysing business trends to provide a better understanding of the Iraqi business landscape.

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