The Founder Institute is the world's most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses.
The Founder Institute is the most raw, 'street' program out there for startups.
Whether you just have an idea, are building an MVP, or already have a startup with early revenues, we can help. Since 2009, our highly-structured programs have given entrepreneurs clarity on their next steps, critical feedback on their decisions, and a global network to support their growth.
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It all starts with our renowned Core Program, which pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth.
After completing FI Core, Alumni get free access to a series of additional virtual advisory programs to guide them towards their next major business milestones.
When ready, Alumni get featured on events and syndicated to a diverse pool of investors actively participating in a startup's first or second round of funding.
FI Core Programs are accepting applications in 70+ cities and verticals worldwide.
We live in a global economy, so FI connects you to entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors across 200+ cities and 6 continents.
Apply to the next Cincinnati Core program and build your business alongside top investors, advisors, and mentors.
The Founder Institute’s global scale and number of successful Alumni is truly unprecedented.
We exist to help founders, so we run nearly 1000 free startup events per year where you can meet local entrepreneurs, network with investors, learn from advisors, and connect with co-founders.
Over $2M in discounts and freebies from AWS, Google, Zendesk, Stripe and more.
Our mission is to empower talented and motivated people to build businesses that matter, no matter their location, gender, or race. This mission requires a strong global community of entrepreneurs, ecosystem leaders, advisors, and investors... and we have built just that.
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It all starts with our Core FI Program. Apply to the Cincinnati program here, or check FI.co/enrolling for other options.
There is a one-time Entrance Fee to start the FI Core Program, with ZERO fees thereafter. This fee is 100% refundable before the 'Revenue & Business Models' session (Apr 25, 2023), so you can make an educated decision on whether or not FI is right for you. According to geolocation we think you are in the Cincinnati region, which has an Entrance Fee of $899 USD.
When incentives are aligned, great things happen. That is why FI developed a groundbreaking 'Equity Collective' where your program Leaders, Mentors, and FI HQ are vested in the success of your business - for the long term.
Learn more about the Equity Collective at FI.co/equity.
Our agreements have always been public and freely available at FI.co/agreements.
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The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,500 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 95 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.