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The Founder Institute is the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs. 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. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that accepts entrepreneurs with day jobs and shares equity with all participants.
If you are ready to make several years of progress on your startup in just 3.5 months, then apply below today.
Who Should Apply?
The Founder Institute focuses on founders instead of ideas. In fact, you are not even required to tell us your idea to apply. If you are talented and motivated to do the work required to build an enduring tech or tech-enabled company, then we want to hear from you. This includes aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies.
What to Expect?
The Final Admissions Deadline for the Chicago Summer 2016 Semester is 2016-07-11. But, if you apply by the Early Admissions Deadline on 2016-06-05:
- You don't have to pay the processing fee for our Predictive Admissions Test (which is typically $50).
- You have a better chance of being accepted, because we process admissions on rolling basis and the class may fill up.
- If you are accepted and enroll by the Early Deadline, you will be eligible for several Founder Institute Fellowships, which provide our best applicants the opportunity to participate in the program for free.
After completing the application below, you will be invited to take our Predictive Admissions Test, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants.
If you want to learn more, our About page is a good place to start.
The first step is always the hardest, so congratulations! Let's get started...