If you are passionate about growing your local economy through entrepreneurship, then apply to be a Founder Institute Local Leader today. Through our structured program, Local Leaders commit just 10-15 hours per week, yet play a central role in building exciting new startups. In addition, all Local Leaders share in the value of the companies created, and become part of a global network of over 3000 technology CEOs and entrepreneurial leaders.
What is the Founder Institute?
Based in Silicon Valley, the Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program. In just 4.5 years, we have launched 1,017 companies across 55 cities, and these companies have already created over 10,000 jobs and have an estimated value of over $5 billion. Our goal is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new startup jobs.
How does it "Globalize Silicon Valley"?
Silicon Valley is not a place, it's a mindset. The Founder Institute emulates this mindset in cities across the globe with three central tenets: Talent, Training, and Teamwork.
1. Talent: The Founder Institute identifies the most talented people, using a revolutionary "Predictive Admissions Test" that identifies entrepreneurial personality traits.
2. Training: Aspiring entrepreneurs that are accepted to the program take part in a step-by-step, structured training program based on Silicon Valley best-practices. This training program is taught by experienced startup founders and CEOs, and forces participants to iterate, test, and build their business in an efficient and fast manner.
3. Teamwork: All participants in the program - including the enrolled Founders, Mentors, and Local Leaders - share in the equity of the companies formed, which creates a collaborative ecosystem conducive to building great companies.
Who is the Ideal Local Leader?
Our 100+ Local Leaders have great passion for startups, and helping local entrepreneurs succeed. Local Leaders also tend to have strong connections in the local startup ecosystem, participating in various events and knowing various local startup personalities.
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What is the Role of a Local Leader?
Leading a semester usually takes between 10 and 15 hours of time per week, usually during the evenings. During the program setup, this time is spent leveraging your contacts to ensure a strong local semester, and once the semester begins this time is spent hosting "office hours" and running training sessions with respected local entrepreneurs. The Institute provides the curriculum and all of the online tools necessary to run a fun and engaging chapter with as little administration burden as possible.
"It’s been quite a journey ever since Adeo Ressi, creator of the Founder Institute, approved my bringing this incubator to Colombia and, in the process, converting this country. Three years ago, you could pretty much fit all of the Colombia startup mentors at one lunch table. You hardly ever heard any mention of the word “startup.” Today, in Colombia, startups are all the rage. I haven’t seen any initiatives which objectively select (testing for aptitude) founders with ideas and stick them in a crucible that connects them with over 25 mentors, continuously helping with their experience and feedback, to produce new companies"
- Alan Colemenares, Local Leader, Colombia Founder Institute
How is a local leader compensated?
In addition to compensation through local sponsorships, Local Leaders acquire equity upside in all of the companies that graduate from the local program.
What are the next steps?
Apply to be a Local Leader below!
Apply to Lead a Chapter