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Leaders of the world's fastest growing companies have used our program to raise funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. The scale of our successful alumni is unprecedented.

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Through a unique Equity Collective, the Founder Institute creates strong local communities where Graduates, Directors, and Mentors all receive equity in the companies formed. These strong local networks are also connected to a massive global ecosystem that spans six continents.

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Rosemarie Truman

FI Mentor

I'm the Founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation; our mission is to identify breakthrough inventions and maximize...


Ali Sorbi

Principal, Pendulum Advisors

Ali Sorbi is the founder and principal of Pendulum Advisors, a Tyson’s Corner based consulting firm specializing in Financial P...


Genevieve Nixon

Founder and CEO, Planet with Friends

Allow me to introduce myself, I am Geneviève A. Nixon  A multi-media artist and entrepreneur specializing in television, fil...


Dave Sandrowitz

Owner & Principal Consultant, Substrate LLC

Dave is a startup veteran, an advisor, a small-time investor, and a mentor via Startup Weekend and The Fort. He is currently ow...


Christina Hedberg

Founder, LiveEdge Business Development

Biotech industry executive that has grown companies, forged partnerships, secured funding and exited. I love building sound com...


Ed English

Chief Product Officer, Higher Logic

For the past fifteen years, Ed has led product teams that brought new concepts to market and created software used by hundreds ...


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