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The Founder Institute is the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs.

                    

If you are up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step curriculum will give you the structure, mentor support, and global network you need to start an enduring company. Many leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more.

Founder Institute New York Summer 2016 Semester

Early Admissions Deadline:
2016-05-29
Final Admissions Deadline:
2016-06-19
Curriculum Calendar:
2016-06-28 - 2016-09-27

(not in New York? See the full list of enrolling semesters here)

 

Our Vision

Starting a company is an arduous and lonely journey, and technology entrepreneurship is a constantly evolving discipline. The Founder Institute's vision is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and help entrepreneurs across the globe launch meaningful and enduring technology companies.

 

Our Formula for "Globalizing Silicon Valley"

Talent + Training + Teamwork = Exponentially Better Chance of Success


Talent: Great Companies Start With Great People

It's very hard to judge a new founder by the quality of their idea, because there is too much subjectivity involved. To apply to the Founder Institute, you do not need to provide an idea. Instead, we use a proprietary Predictive Admissions Test to find the most talented people.

To date, over 35,000 people have applied, and the Founder Institute can predict with 85% accuracy somebody's potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur. In addition, we have found that there are great entrepreneurs everywhere. Our revolutionary entrepreneur research has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, and Forbes.

 

Training

The best way to learn is by doing. Through our structured, step-by-step curriculum of weekly training courses and challenging business-building assignments, you graduate the Founder Institute as the Founder of an enduring company.

The Founder Institute curriculum was rigorously built using Silicon Valley best practices, and each training course is led by members of the Founder Institute's worldwide network of over 4,400 entrepreneur Mentors, that are founders themselves. Our curriculum is all action, and no theory.

See the New York Summer 2016 Semester Curriculum, or see sample Founder Institute session.

 

Teamwork

Silicon Valley is a collaborative ecosystem, where people of all skill sets, backgrounds, and experiences share ideas, best practices, metrics, and feedback. Why? Because helping each other and sharing expertise leads to faster iteration, more efficient innovation, and faster market growth.

To create and foster a similar collaborative culture in markets across the globe, the Founder Institute employs a unique Shared Liquidity Pool where everyone shares equity in the companies formed from each semester. Here's how it works - each Graduate contributes 3.5% of their company equity in Warrants to a 10-year Bonus Pool with other peers from the current semester. When a liquidity event occurs, the returns for each cohort are then distributed as follows:

The Founder Institute is committed to building local startup ecosystems, and when one Graduate succeeds, the local cohort receives the vast majority of the upside.

 

Other Benefits

 

Program Costs

The Institute keeps costs low, bets on the success of the companies created, and shares in the returns.

 

"If you're lucky enough to get accepted and graduate from the program, these costs are negligible. In fact, I would go as far as saying that this is the best money you'll ever spend on your business" - Gary Herman, Silicon Valley Graduate (@garyjherman)


Graduating

Graduating from the Founder Institute is challenging. First, only roughly 30% of applicants are accepted to the program. Then, less than 40% of accepted Founders generally make it through the program to Graduation. Reasons for not graduating differ, but each Founder who leaves is invited to join a future semester, when they are ready to launch a business. Read the review of a recent FI Dropout here.

In order to graduate, a Founder needs to develop an engaging idea for a technology company that is validated by the program mentors, plan out the business, work on an offering, incorporate their company, and complete all of the required assignments - all within a four month timeframe.

At the conclusion of the program, founders have a company, and path to growth fully validated by experienced startup founders. In addition, they have developed crucial leadership skills and a strong network, are ready to pitch prospective investors and team members, and have access to:

 

Testimonials

 

 

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