San Diego Winter 2016

(Not in San Diego? See the list of cities currently accepting applications)

The Founder Institute is the World's Largest Early-Stage Startup Accelerator. In fact, over 1,650 technology founders across six continents have already launched companies with the help of our company-building curriculum, expert feedback, and peer support. Are you next?

Who Should Apply?

Anybody who is passionate about building a technology company is welcome to apply: idea or no idea, full-time job or unemployed, young or old, male or female, experienced in business or straight out of school. We also support a wide range of technology industries: including digital media, software, biotech, cleantech, ecommerce, advertising, consumer electronics, and more.

What to Expect?

The Final Admissions Deadline for the San Diego Winter 2016 Semester is 2015-12-13. But, if you apply by the Early Admissions Deadline on 2015-11-01:

  1. You don't have to pay the processing fee for our Predictive Admissions Test (which is typically $50).
  2. You are eligible to receive a Founder Institute Fellowship.
  3. You have a better chance of being accepted, because we process admissions on rolling basis and the class may fill up.
  4. Should you gain acceptance, you get early access to the Founder Institute curriculum - including private training videos from the best startup mentors in the world, and other useful content - so you can begin to prepare for the semester.

After completing the application below, you will be invited to take our Predictive Admissions Test, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants. The test takes about 45 minutes, and you will have a few days to complete it. Developed by leading social scientists in conjunction with the Founder Institute, this test is continually calibrated to objectively identify entrepreneurial personality traits.

Applications are reviewed as soon as they are received, and there is no obligation.

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If you want to learn more, our About page is a good place to start.

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San Diego Winter 2016

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