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Proven Results

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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3,100+

Companies
Launched

$700M+

Funding by
Graduates

$20B

Estimated
Portfolio Value

Stronger Together

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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11,000

CEO & Founder
Mentors

200

Global
Chapters

25,000

Jobs
Created

Liz

Liz Sara

Managing Director, Best Marketing, LLC

Elizabeth Sara has 25 years of experience in the local high tech community as an entrepreneur, business leader, angel investor ...

Roger

Roger Yee

Roger Yee - Investor/LP, Fortify Ventures , Fortify Ventures

Roger is a veteran of start-ups, having founded three companies that included investor-backed funding and successful exits thro...

You Mon

You Mon Tsang

Founder and CEO, ChurnZero

You Mon Tsang is the Co-founder and CEO of ChurnZero, which helps subscription businesses fight churn with a real-time customer...

Tyrone

Tyrone Taylor

President, Capitol Advisors on Technology, Former NASA Director

Mr. Taylor brings an exceptional combination of hands on experience in institutional management, technology development and com...

Liza

Liza Rodewald

Co-founder, Hire Mad Skills

Liza is the CTO and CoFounder of MadSkills, connecting military spouses with companies with distributed teams. Liza is an Entr...

Glen

Glen Hellman

Glen Hellman - Business Strategist, Driven Forward, LLC (Baltimore FI) , Driven Forward, LLC

Glen Hellman is Washington's own Mr Cranky as crowned by the Washington Business Journal, and DC's #1 ranked startup blogge. He...

Events

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August 13, 2018

TFI Batch 7 Meet-up Session

  • Bobby Liu
  • Saigon Innovation Hub (Sihub), 273 Dien Bien Phu, Ho Chi Minh City
  • 02:00 PM
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Various Times

WEBINAR: Founder Institute Online Information Session

  • Ryan Micheletti, Jonathan Greechan
  • Online Event
  • Various Times
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August 14, 2018

Startup Ideation Bootcamp

  • Asbjørn Jørgensen, Michael Van Lier, Matthijs Otto
  • WeWork Weteringschans, Weteringschans 165c, Amsterdam
  • 06:00 PM
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The Founder Institute operates across 200+ cities and 6 continents. We are #FIworldwide, because great companies can be built anywhere.

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