Launch a
Company You Are Passionate About

The World's Largest Entrepreneur
Training & Startup Launch Program

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A Structured Approach

The best way to learn is by doing. Through a structured, 4-month curriculum of weekly training courses and business-building assignments, you graduate the Founder Institute as the Founder of an enduring company. Plus, sessions are held at night, so you can keep your day job.

See the Curriculum

Month 1
Idea & Customer Development
Month 2
Company & Team Formation
Month 4
Go-To-Market, Bootstrapping, & Fundraising
Month 3
Product Development & Distribution

Expert Advice and Feedback

You don't have to do it alone. Receive weekly instruction, feedback, and evaluation from a large network of entrepreneur mentors who have built companies themselves, and are vested in your success. In most semesters, the ratio of mentors to founders is greater than 1:1, and the global mentor network exceeds 3,000 people.

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Adeo Ressi Aaron Patzer Phil Libin
Founder Institute mint.com Evernote
Robin Chase Peter Vesterbacka Jeffrey Paine
Zipcar Rovio Golden Gate Ventures

The Results

Aspiring entrepreneurs have used our program to form and improve their business ideas, develop their marketing strategy, create an advisory board, recruit co-founders, improve their pitch, launch a product, prepare to raise capital, bootstrap to profitability, generate revenue, and more.

See the Graduates

1,116
89%
10,000
Companies Launched
Company Survival Rate
Jobs Created
*As of October 2013

A Global Network

Based in Silicon Valley but with chapters across six continents and 61+ cities, our mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and help promising entrepreneurs launch companies that create one million new startup jobs.

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