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 its doors to founders, partners, and investors looking to disrupt and be at heart of innovation.

Founders Atelier is led by a strong team and experienced partners in the space. The founding group is made up of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors, who invested in and supported thousands of startups during their careers. They led the creation of multiple startup ecosystems around the world (including North America, Europe, and MENA) and have enabled startups on their journey from idea stage and until exit.

Headquartered in London with global outposts in more than 15 locations already, Founders Atelier will launch programs focused on emerging technologies starting with Web3, Future of Work, and Climate Tech targeting global markets with a focus on EU, US, UK and MENA.

As the next iteration of technology unfolds, entrepreneurs will open up a ton of promising developments and opportunities across various industries. The community of founders who will define the development of these emerging technologies need a new kind of support. And Founders Atelier aims to provide just that. 

“Today, investors are more interested in idea stage startups than ever before. We have been approached by many who want to invest in startups that will mature in 8-10 years. We cannot agree more as this asset class will shield investors from the short term market dynamics and since we know that founders who start and thrive in this period will definitely be winners on the long run”, says Sami Abou Saab, Cofounder and Managing Partner of Founders Atelier.

By combining its network and global resources with the expertise and funding of the right partners, Founders Atelier’s Launchpad will support early-stage founders from ideation to fundraising. One of the opportunities for the Launchpad’s alumni is the unique access to the Berkeley Skydeck accelerator that provides a soft landing in Silicon Valley and access to the university’s faculty and relevant innovation and technology divisions.

“Our program is tailored for idea stage startups and prepares them for the next stage in a customised approach. Whether they are looking for market validation, future funding, or a soft landing in a new geography, founders will receive support and mentorship from across the Founders Atelier network”, added Scott Ford, Cofounder and Partner at Founders Atelier.

Founders Atelier calls for all interested anchor partners and investors to join their journey in helping maximise the growth of emerging technologies startups through its Launchpad programs and investment fund. 

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Founders Atelier is on  mission to democratise access to emerging technologies with the purpose of solving global challenges. Through its platform, it nurtures idea-stage founders to unlock emerging tech potential starting with Web3, Future of Work, Climate Tech, among other industries.

Founders Atelier was founded by a team of entrepreneurs, company builders and startup ecosystem experts working across US, Europe and MENA. It is 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.


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.

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.

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 and is the former Chief Operating Officer at Techstars and founder-CEO at On-The-Block Auction.