Founder Institute and The Paradigm Switch Team Up to Help Military Spouses start companies in 2018

Fellowships Will Be Available in U.S. Cities to Military Spouse Applicants of Founder Institute’s Idea-Stage Accelerator Program


The Founder Institute (, the world’s premier startup launch program, and The Paradigm Switch (, a new non-profit that is providing access and innovative pathways to employment for veterans and military spouses across the nation, are announcing a national partnership aimed at providing military spouses the opportunity to create enduring companies in 2018. As part of this partnership, the two organizations are announcing a national fellowship for military spouses who apply to the Founder Institute’s U.S. programs. Any military or veteran spouse who is interested in starting a company can apply for the fellowship for free at

“This partnership is a game changer for military spouses everywhere. Our community is adaptable, resilient, and ready to solve real world problems through entrepreneurship. Having access to the Founder Institute program is going to allow our community to take their ideas and work ethic to the next level.”
— Justine Evirs, Founder of The Paradigm Switch

Founder Institute and The Paradigm Switch will collaborate to support the entrepreneurial needs of 10 military spouses in the Founder Institute’s 22+ U.S. cities. In addition to providing opportunities for military spouses through Founder Institute fellowships, a goal of this partnership is to grow the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives started by Founder Institute in 2016 to represent more underserved entrepreneurial communities.  

“The mission of the Founder Institute is to Globalize Silicon Valley.” says Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute. “In addition to providing entrepreneurial communities with opportunities by location, it is imperative to our mission that we take steps to support underserved communities, like providing U.S. Military Veterans and their spouses with a chance to start their own company.”
— Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute

For aspiring and idea-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, the Founder Institute’s comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants. Founder Institute Graduate companies include fast-rising startups across 6 continents like Udemy, Realty Mogul, goplaceit, Appota, and many more.

The Paradigm Switch is a nonprofit located in San Francisco, California. Our Founder and CEO, Justine Evirs is a Navy Veteran and Military Spouse who has been nationally recognized for her perspective on military higher education. After participating in Stanford Ignite and becoming the Bunker Labs, Bay Area Executive Director she has successfully leverage her higher education & new found entrepreneurial knowledge and experience to better serve military communities across the nation. The Paradigm Switch is working to fill gaps of service that currently exist in the military transition process. It’s important for veterans and military spouses to have access to non-traditional education and employment options that may better suit their needs and open doors to leading industries. Now more than ever our country needs to realize the value veterans and military spouses bring to the table.

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