Non-profit organisation FOUNDER.org, which runs a global student entrepreneur investor and company building program, is today kicking off its 'Class of 2016' recruiting for top student entrepreneurs currently enrolled at European universities.
Started by serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Baum, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Helsinki last week, FOUNDER.org works with universities across North America and Europe with the mission to significantly increase the number of students starting companies.
This year's European schools include Cambridge University, Imperial College, Oxford University and more in the UK, and renowned schools such as Ecole Polytechnique, EDHEC and ESCP in France, Technische Universität Berlin in Germany, the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia and plenty more.
For the full list and precise kick-off dates, go here.
Baum is a former VC whose last gig was serving as the founding CEO of big data software company Splunk, taking it public in 2012, and the entrepreneur is currently en route to visit each European school and chat about his "Eight Secrets to Building a Billion Dollar Company".
Annually, FOUNDER.org selects 50 teams from its growing network of partner schools to enter the '8D program' (see above) where founders learn the critical skills needed to turn their ideas into ventures with a deep and positive impact on the world.
Teams accepted into the program receive up to $100,000 in grant money, one-on-one coaching by successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and a dedicated executive mentor for a full year.
In addition, FOUNDER.org leads Seed and Series A investment rounds in student companies from its partner schools and has invested in a broad range of industries, technologies and geographies.
If you're a student in Europe with entrepreneurial ambitions, you're well advised to take a look.
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