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If you are passionate about growing your local economy through entrepreneurship, then apply to be a Founder Institute Local Director today. Local Directors play a central role in their startup ecosystem, share in the value of the companies created, and become part of a global network of over 2,200 global entrepreneur leaders.

To get an idea of the difference you can make in your local startup community through the Founder Institute, read the experience of our Founder Institute Director in Colombia.

Based in Silicon Valley, the Founder Institute is the world's premier startup bootcamp for talented entrepreneurs. In just 6.5 years, we have launched 1,850 companies across 100 cities, and these companies have already created over 15,000+ jobs and have an estimated value of over $15B+. Our mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new startup jobs.


Globalizing 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.

3. Teamwork: All participants in the program share in the equity of the companies formed, which creates a collaborative ecosystem conducive to building great companies.

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Our Local Directors...

Our 350+ Local Directors have great passion for startups, and helping local entrepreneurs succeed. Local Directors also tend to have strong connections in the local startup ecosystem, participating in various events and knowing various local startup personalities.

Local Director Case Studies

Alan Colmenares, Director of the Bogota & Medellin Founder Institute. Read case study. Jeanine Jacobson, Director of the LA & San Diego Founder Institute. Read case study. Jeffrey Paine, Local Director of the Singapore Founder Institute. Read case study.


Our Graduates...

The Institute has helped 1,850 Graduates turn their dreams into a reality. We help condition and prepare those passionate about building a technology company with our 3.5 month program that includes our company-building curriculum, expert feedback, and peer support.




Our Network...

The Founder Institute is in 100 cities, 58 countries and has over 4,400 CEO Mentors. We have helped launch over 1,850 companies and as we continue to grow, we hope to launch 1,500 more in 2015. Be a part of our global network and help startups in your city. 

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