Testimonials

Over 1,310 aspiring entrepreneurs across six continents have used the Founder Institute program to make the transition from employee to entrepreneur, validate their idea, develop their plans, refine their product, build an advisory board, prepare for seed funding, and more. Below you can read about their experiences, and watch video testimonials.

Recent Graduate Blog Post Testimonials


"What I Learned at the Founder Institute", by Mexico City Grad Isaul Carballar

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"FI: My Crash Course in Tech Startups", by Manila Grad Mike Albano

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"4 Things I Learned at the Founder Institute", by Toronto Grad Jane Lee

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"14 Weeks of the Founder Institute" by Melbourne FI Grad Stephen Bibby

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"My Founder Institute Experience" by Silicon Valley Grad Artem Gassan

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Experience of a FI Dropout

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Video Testimonials, Featuring;


Adeo Ressi is the Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute, the Founding Member of TheFunded.com, and an 8-time startup technology entrepreneur.
Garick Hismatullin is the Founder of Telecure, a virtual medical clinic. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Founder Institute.
Ajay Kamat is the Co-Founder of Wedding Party, a custom app for your wedding journey. Ajay is a graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute.
Al Bsharah is the Co-Founder of Embarke, an email marketing service that increases opens, clicks, and revenue for marketers by 5%-20%.

Why the Founder Institute?


Why do new and seasoned startup founders choose the Founder Institute? Is it the part-time program? The great mentors? Watch the video to the right to find out.

"It was really important to me and my co-founder that we didn’t have to quit our jobs."

- Ajay Kamat, Co-Founder of Wedding Party (Silicon Valley Founder Institute)

"I was looking to [start my own business] again, but I wasn’t plugged into the ecosystem, my network wasn't that great, and I didn’t want to make the same mistakes again that I’d made in the past."

- Al Bsharah, Co-Founder of Embarke (San Diego Founder Institute)

Does Every Graduate Get a Positive ROI on the Fees?


Any early-stage entrepreneur needs to be frugal, so is the Founder Institute a good investment to jump start your business? What does the course fee cover and how will I see a return on my investment - both immediately, and in the future? Hear what our graduates have to say.

"If you’re truly interested and driven to start your own company, $1,000 is nothing compared to what you get out of the program. The people you’re going to meet, the mentors you’re getting introduced to, are giving you their time...and are unbelievably excited to help you."

- Al Bsharah, Co-Founder of Embarke (San Diego Founder Institute)

Other Questions and Answers


How does the Founder Institute help you bring on new employees?

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I only have a rough idea - Is FI right for me?

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Should I be nervous about sharing my idea without a NDA?

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When do most FI grads quit their day job?

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Did FI help you find a co-founder?


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Did you already have an incorporated company when you started the program?

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