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San Diego Fall 2014

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The Founder Institute is the World's Largest Early-Stage Startup Accelerator. In fact, over 1,310 technology founders 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 Fall 2014 Semester is 2014-11-30. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better your chances to get accepted and the sooner you will hear our decision.

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 identify entrepreneurial personality traits.

All applicants are asked to contribute a $50 USD fee to help cover the administration costs of the Predictive Admissions Test. Applications are reviewed as soon as they are received and by no later than on 2014-11-30, and you will hear from the Institute no later than 2014-12-11. There is no obligation.

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San Diego Fall 2014

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  2. The Institute may conduct background investigations and/or reference checks on you;
  3. The Institute may require you to perform certain tests as part of the application process;
  4. Once in the program, you will be asked to execute and abide by the terms and conditions of the Founder Agreement; and
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