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Founder Academy is a business incubator that focuses on 21st Century Business Training with an emphasis on mentorship, community involvement and solid business fundamentals by building companies that focus on product, customers and revenue.

We are working with local business leaders, founders, CXO's, Angles and individual VC's working together to develop a solid set of fundable graduates from Founder Academy's quarterly cohorts.

We will draw upon entrepreneurial founders in the greater Sacramento region, pulling from a solid technical and business base of local talent inc, companies from our 5 local co-working communities, employees out of Intel, HP and Apple as well as students from local Universities such as UC Davis and Sacramento State and our base of local startups and founders we interact with through mentorship, events, co-working spaces and our own incubator programs

Examples of recently funded startups from Sacramento include HomeZada (Moneta Ventures), Requested (Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH, Scott and Cyan Banister and Social Capital) and Engage3 (Moneta Ventures) to name but a few

Sacramento has an abundance of talent and IP from the Universities as well as regionally. The City of Sacramento recently unveiled a $10M Innovation and Growth Fund including an investment. The Sacramento Kings Golden1 Arena will be one of the largest and most technologically advanced buildings and sports complexes in the USA.

We are ideally placed in the market to be able to find/meet, develop and invest in high-growth companies in Consumer and Enterprise Software, Health (Software & Devices), Food and Agriculture, EdTech, GovTech, LegalTech and FinTech verticals


We will syndicate all deals for companies that also pass our deal vetting process. Each backer will have the option to invest in any deal in which we have an allocation.

Steve Nilan
Startup catalyst who mentors founders on strategy, capital fundraising and go-to-market execution. Focus: Digital Media & Retail Tech.
Duane Wilson
Products Guy, Startup Founder, Mentor, Mini-Angel, actively trying to change the world for the better with design & technology
Lisa Rich
Angel Investor
Founder @Hemisphere Ventures, Founder & COO @BrainyQuote, Operations, Strategy, Marketing, Branding, Advertising & Communications
Jeff Rich
Founder @Hemisphere Ventures, Founder @Xplore, Founder @BrainyQuote, Entrepreneur, Strategic Planner, Information Architect, and Landscape Photographer.
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