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Ajinomatrix graduates the Founder Institute Global Food Ecosystems Helsinki!

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

We had a great time delving into the depths of the food industry by participating a third time to the Founder Institute programs, this time as a graduate, a pioneering way to take part to a chapter, at the Food Ecosystems Helsinki.


Ajinomatrix has successfully graduated from FI a third time! (on LinkedIn)


Following graduation at the Founder Institute Berlin at the term of Fall 2020, and the Founder Inistitute Founder Lab, lead by HQ in Palo Alto, Ajinomatrix has now graduated from HEFIGEs, thus a third graduation!



A Celebrated Achievement: François Wayenberg Completes the Founder Institute's Food Ecosystems Program


The entrepreneurial world is no stranger to the illustrious reputation of the Founder Institute. Today, we are thrilled to share that our very own CEO, François Wayenberg, has successfully navigated the demanding terrain of the Food Ecosystems program and emerged as a proud graduate of the Founder Institute.


For those unfamiliar with the intricacies of the entrepreneurial landscape, the Founder Institute stands as one of the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerators. With its mission to empower entrepreneurs and foster innovation, the institute is famed for its stringent selection process and rigorous curriculum.


To be accepted into the program itself is a significant achievement. Startups from various corners of the globe apply, eager to be molded by some of the finest mentors in the industry. However, the acceptance rate is notably low, with only a small fraction (typically less than 10%) making the cut. But even then, the journey doesn't get any easier. The curriculum is exhaustive, covering every facet of business, from ideation to execution, ensuring that each entrepreneur is well-equipped to face real-world challenges.

Graduating from such a program is a testament to an entrepreneur's resilience, adaptability, and sheer determination. For ventures, it signifies a refined business model, a clear vision, and a robust strategy, fortified by expert guidance.


Reflecting on this monumental achievement, François remarked, "The Founder Institute's program was transformative. The insights, the challenges, and the network have been instrumental in shaping Ajinomatrix's trajectory. The graduation, while a significant milestone, marks just the beginning of a promising journey ahead."


For Ajinomatrix, this accolade reinforces our commitment to pushing boundaries in the realm of AI and food technology. With the enhanced clarity and strategic acumen gained from the program, we're set to pave new roads in our industry.



Join us in congratulating François and the Ajinomatrix team on this monumental achievement. The future beckons with promise, and we're more equipped than ever to embrace it.





A Proven Legacy: François Wayenberg's Distinctive Journey through the Founder Institute Berlin


When one traces the evolution of an entrepreneur, certain milestones shine brighter, reflecting pivotal moments of growth, learning, and transformation. Today, we revisit such a noteworthy juncture in the journey of François Wayenberg - his graduation from the Founder Institute Berlin (BEFI20 batch) in 2020, under the astute mentorship of local director, charismatic Ferdinand Muelhauser.


The Founder Institute, with its global reputation for nurturing groundbreaking ventures and visionary entrepreneurs, boasts of unparalleled rigor in its Berlin chapter. This European hub of the famous accelerator, known for its vibrant startup culture, sees the Founder Institute as a revered institution that shapes the future leaders of innovation.


Becoming a part of the BEFI20 batch wasn't a walk in the park. As with all FI cohorts, aspirants undergo a meticulous selection procedure. Only the ones with the most promising ideas, and more importantly, a tenacious spirit, earn a spot. With thousands of applications pouring in, a mere 10% (or even fewer) see the light of the day.


Completing the program, given its grueling curriculum and high expectations, demands passion, persistence, and a perpetual thirst for knowledge. It’s not just about surviving the program, but about evolving, iterating, and perfecting one's venture idea. François, with his dedication and visionary approach, not only conquered this challenging terrain but also laid the initial foundations for what would later become Ajinomatrix.


Reflecting on his Berlin experience, François shared, "BEFI20 wasn't just a program, it was a crucible. Under Ferdinand Muelhauser's guidance, we were constantly pushed to question, innovate, and refine. It was here that the first European sparks of Ajinomatrix was kindled, setting the stage for the journey ahead."




For those familiar with the Ajinomatrix trajectory, it's evident how the insights and experiences from the Founder Institute Berlin have been instrumental in shaping our venture. As we celebrate this past achievement, we're reminded of the incredible journey so far and the limitless horizons that await.


Let's raise a toast to François and the indomitable spirit of entrepreneurship. Here's to milestones achieved and many more to come!






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