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April 22, 2019

Veteran-led Startup, refactr, is Selected to Join the Founder Institute’s Exclusive Veteran Founder Lab Program


Veteran-led Startup, refactr is Selected to Join the Founder Institute’s Exclusive Veteran Founder Lab Program

Refactr joins the largest entrepreneur network in the world for veteran-led startups

April 22nd 2019, Palo Alto, CA and Seattle, WA. – The Founder Institute (, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, and Refactr (, a disruptive cloud + security automation software startup, join forces to help fund and scale Refactr’s Cloud + Security Architect Platform. Veteran Founder Lab is a fundraising program that is part of the Founder Institute’s Veteran Founder Initiative.

Through this initiative, Refactr will gain access to free programming and resources within the Founder Institute’s Global Network while receiving hands on acceleration support from Vet-Tech, a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley that helps fund and scale Veteran-led startups. With Vet-Tech headquartered at the Plug and Play Tech Center, Refactr sits at the intersection of two of the largest startup organizations in the world whose combined networks span over 200 Cities and 11,000 Mentors.

“We are honored to have been selected into this exclusive program and excited to work with everyone involved at Founder Institute and Vet-Tech while being able grow and give back to the Veteran community”, says Michael Fraser, CEO of Refactr.

As part of the Veteran Founder Initiative, Veterans receive:Funding Assistance Through Founder LabFounder Lab ( is a virtual advisory program that helps early-stage startups raise seed funding. Over the course of this regimented 3-month program, participants will work closely with the Founder Institute and Vet-Tech teams in Silicon Valley to improve their pitch materials, build an investor pipeline, pitch to angels, negotiate terms, and generate strong investor interest.  

Scaling Assistance Veteran-led startups will gain access the combined global networks of the Founder Institute and Vet-Tech to scale their companies utilizing corporate partnerships, customer introductions and a network of startup talent as part of the Initiative’s expansive global network.The Veteran Founder Initiative was conceived by Ryan Micheletti, Director of Global Operations at the Founder Institute and Co-Founder of Vet-Tech.“With the explosive growth of cloud computing technologies, Refactr is helping empower technology teams to quickly and efficiently architect and implement secure cloud solutions which enables their customers to reduce R&D costs, iterate faster and scale.”, says Ryan Micheletti.

Learn more about Refactr at:

About the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute ( is the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerator. In the Founder Institute, you can build a company alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that are invested in your success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $800M. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, generate traction, recruit teams, build products, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200 cities and 60 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.  The Founder Institute was founded in 2009 by Adeo Ressi and Jonathan Greechan. It is operated out of Palo Alto, California.

About Refactr

Refactr is a Seattle based cloud software company and creators of the Cloud + Security Architect Platform (“CSAP”).  CSAP is a SaaS-based cloud platform that is modernizing secure IT solution delivery by focusing on a visual approach to a software defined world. CSAP bridges the gap between pure development and technology teams who are currently unable to adopt DevSecOps techniques due to lack of expertise and high cost of those resources. Technology teams with minimal cloud and DevSecOps background can quickly create repeatable, packaged Cloud + Security solution blueprints, and communicate architecture to clients and team members visually.  CSAP is made for technology teams who want to shift their focus to a Cloud + Security first, Everything-as-a-Service approach.To find out more about refactr, visit or to get in touch with refactr directly, by calling (866) 493-9367 or follow us on Twitter @refactrIT


Jonathan Greechan, Co-Founder at the Founder Institute (


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Mac is the youngest member of the Refactr team, though he does not lack experience with startups, as his age might suggest. He was exposed to several tech startups early in his early youth and, later in high-school, worked in startups while being mentored by founders. After graduation, Mac decided to focus his passion for media production with Refactr's marketing team. A startup had felt like the most compelling and fulfilling path because of the enthusiasm and respect Mac felt for the mentors of his youth.

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