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180+
Global Cities
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3,500+
Companies Launched
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$800M+
Funding by Graduates
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$20B
Estimated Portfolio Value

Who we help

The Founder Institute works with both entrepreneurs and teams at multiple stages:

Idea Stage

Aspiring, solo, and even FT-employed founders can use FI to validate ideas, build a team, and launch a business.

Prototype Stage

Entrepreneurs and teams with an initial product can use FI to secure advisors, generate revenue, and begin to raise funding.

Early Company Stage

Established companies at the pre-funding stage can use FI to generate traction, scale their business, and raise funding.

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How we help

Our proven methodology has helped thousands of entrepreneurs build enduring companies since 2009.

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Our Global Network

The Founder Institute operates across 180+ cities and 6 continents. We are #FIworldwide, because great companies can be built anywhere.

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