GAN CEO Patrick Riley to Keynote Founder Showcase

By Sebastian Castro April 27, 2021

Founder Showcase, organized by the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator Founder Institute, takes place tomorrow, April 28, from 10am to 1pm U.S. Pacific Time.

Those interested can register at no cost here.

Founded in 2008, the virtual event features hundreds of startups, investors and founders. Startups from around the world will pitch their ventures to leading investors and venture capitalists.

The keynote of Founder Showcase will be CEO of GAN which is a highly-curated community of independent accelerators, corporates, and investors. GAN connects startups to the human and financial resources they need so that entrepreneurs and the cities they call home become increasingly whole.

He’s also Managing Partner of GAN Ventures, the VC fund associated with GAN.

Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. The idea for the organization came from operating, where it became apparent that many entrepreneurs lacked the structure and support network needed to be successful.

At the organization CEO Adeo Ressi and his colleagues train people to become entrepreneurs in a three-month course. He says that many people who come through the program don’t have the DNA to succeed.

“Can I override their genetic makeup to make them an entrepreneur?” he asked in an earlier talk he’d given. As it turns out, he can.

Today Founder Institute is in 65 countries across over 180 cities.

The investor panel at Founder Showcase this year will include:

  • Sidney N. Nakahodo: Founder & General Partner of Seldor Capital: Sidney N. Nakahodois a leading authority in space investment and entrepreneurship. He is the founder and General Partner of Seldor Capital, a Venture Capital firm based in New York City that focuses on space technologies. He is a faculty member of Columbia University and was a fellow of Singularity University, in Silicon Valley, currently serving as the SU New York City Chapter co-ambassador.
  • Bob Crimmins: Founder of Startup Haven, Managing Director of Startup Haven Ventures: Bob is a serial entrepreneur, frequent angel investor, and Founder/ Chief Instigator of the popular startup founder and investor network, Startup Haven. Startup Haven currently operates in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Franciscco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.
  • Nancy Brito: Partner at Semeia Ventures, Managing Partner at BIBA Venture Partners: Nancy Brito is the General Partner of Semeia Ventures, a Venture Capital based in Lisbon, Portugal and invests in Europe. She is a mentor in various ecosystems: Portugal, Spain, Italy, UK and Canada.
  • Zecca Lehn: Angel Investor: Zécca Lehn is an Angel Investor based in California, who backs US impact-focused startups in both Social and Sustainable Tech—using multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guidepost per investment.

Featured photo of Patrick Riley