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about founders atelier

A global platform to nurture early-stage founders in emerging tech

We are a team of entrepreneurs and startup ecosystem experts working across US, Europe and MENA. We are focused on accelerating the validation and development of ideas in emerging tech through a hands-on program, a global community of leading entrepreneurs and practitioners, cash investment and global soft-landing opportunities.

experience in

15+
Countries

mentored

5,000+
Startups

facilitated

20,000+
Connections

supported startups raising

$150
Million

experience in

15+
Countries

mentored

5,000+
Startups

facilitated

20,000+
Connections

supported startups raising

$150
Million

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GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM

LOCAL ECOSYSTEM

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Empowering idea stage emerging tech startups

Founders Atelier opens launchpad to support idea-stage emerging tech startups

9 June 2022 -- Founders Atelier, a global platform that nurtures idea-stage founders in emerging technologies, officially opens ...
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Programs

Pipeline Building

Hackathons & Business Challenges

  • Ideation
  • Team formation
  • Prototype development
  • Pitching
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Startup Launchpad

FA Launchpad

  • Idea to MVP
  • Value proposition definition
  • Customer validation
  • Product market fit

Global Accelerator

  • Soft landing in Silicon Valley
  • Access to markets
  • Product development
  • Global Investment readiness
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Portfolio Management

Followup & Alumni Support

  • Access to markets
  • Later stage investment
  • Product fine-tuning
  • Quarterly review & reporting
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    Focus Areas

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    Web3

    Web3 is being touted as the future of the internet. It could determine the future of the digital economy and what life online looks like for the next internet epoch. For now, that future is still up for grabs.

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    Metaverse

    Metaverse is a concept of a persistent, online, 3D universe that combines multiple different virtual spaces. The metaverse will allow users to work, meet, game, and socialize together in these 3D spaces.

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    The Future of Work

    The nature of work is changing creating new opportunities in virtual office concepts, next generation productivity tools, talent acquisition, talent engagement and employee assessment solutions.

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    ClimateTech

    Companies that are explicitly focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or addressing the impacts of global warming.

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    Others

    Other emerging technologies that represent progressive innovations in Media & Gaming, Cybersecurity, Longevity, LegalTech and others.

    Focus Areas

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    Web3

    Web3 is being touted as the future of the internet. It could determine the future of the digital economy and what life online looks like for the next internet epoch. For now, that future is still up for grabs.

    noun-metaverse-4791539-FFFFFF

    Metaverse

    It is a concept of a persistent, online, 3D universe that combines multiple different virtual spaces. The metaverse will allow users to work, meet, game, and socialize together in these 3D spaces.

    noun-human-robot-4775038-FFFFFF

    The Future of Work

    The nature of work is changing creating new opportunities in virtual office concepts, next generation productivity tools, talent acquisition, talent engagement and employee assessment solutions.

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    ClimateTech

    Companies that are explicitly focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or addressing the impacts of global warming.

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    Others

    Other emerging technologies that represent progressive innovations in Media & Gaming, Cybersecurity, Longevity, LegalTech and others.

    Our innovation map extends globally to...

    America

    US innovation hubs are growing across states such as Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida and others. Meanwhile, LATAM with its booming economies, is scaling up and offering new possibilities.

    Europe

    The European commission supports robust enterprises & SMEs, promotes entrepreneurial education and aims to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of the European citizens.

    MENA

    Entrepreneurship in the MENA region is on the rise. Statistics have recorded the highest intentions to start a their entrepreneurial journeys among MENA citizens.

    Our innovation map extends globally to...

    America

    US innovation hubs are growing across states such as Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida and others. Meanwhile, LATAM with its booming economies, is scaling up and offering new possibilities.

    Europe

    The European commission supports robust enterprises & SMEs, promotes entrepreneurial education and aims to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of the European citizens.

    MENA

    Entrepreneurship in the MENA region is on the rise. Statistics have recorded the highest intentions to start a their entrepreneurial journeys among MENA citizens.

    OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

    Sami Abou Saab
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    Sami Abou Saab
    Cofounder & Managing Partner

    Sami is the Managing Partner of Founders Atelier overseeing fund and portfolio management. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Speed where he invested in 42 startups out of which 4 exited already. Speed was acquired by Seedstars in 2020. Sami has more than 17 years of experience in Tech, both in startups and big tech firms (including Skype / Microsoft in the US). He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BE in Computer and Communications Engineering from AUB

    “I believe the highest value creation happens at the very early stage. I choose to invest in founders who focus on strong fundamentals and stay away from speculation”
    Elias Boustani
    02 / 04
    Elias Boustani
    Cofounder & Partner

    Elias oversees the startup programs' design and implementation. He has 15 years of experience in Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Tech. He served as the Chief Operating Officer for Wamda, a Manager for Strategy& and a Consultant for Accenture France. Elias is an experienced mentor and university lecturer. He holds a Masters of Engineering from Télécom Paris

    “By aligning the incentives of Entrepreneurs, Investors and program managers we ensure that our programs deliver amazing value away from the innovation theater trap”
    Richard Vuillien
    03/ 04
    Richard Vuillien
    Cofounder & Partner

    Richard is a cofounder and partner of Founders Atelier. He oversees the global network of strategic partners to source pipeline, as well as government and corporate partners.
    Richard was previously sales director EMEA at Techstars and territory manager France, Spain, Switzerland and Nordics at ZOLL Software

    "We co-finance our programs jointly with partners and investors seeking to maximize the potential of success for entrepreneurship initiatives in Emerging Tech"
    Scott Ford
    04 / 04
    Scott Ford
    Cofounder & Partner

    Scott is a cofounder and Partner at Founders Atelier overseeing strategic operations. Scott is also cofounder and Partner at Climax Ventures. He is a serial entrepreneur turned investor. Former Chief Operating Officer at Techstars and founder-CEO at the On-The-Block Auction

    "I have been working on scaling startup accelerator programs across the globe and we have always noticed a gap in the support for idea-stage startup that we decided to tackle with Founders Atelier"
    Sami Abou Saab
    Elias Boustani
    Richard Vuillien
    Scott Ford
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