The Founder Institute is the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, having helped launch over 3,100 companies across 200+ cities and six continents.
The company was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressi and his colleague, Jonathan Greechan. The idea for the program spawned from operating TheFunded.com, where it became apparent that most entrepreneurs at the idea and launch stages lacked the structure, mentorship, and camaraderie needed to be successful.
News of the launch was announced on TechCrunch, the first Founder Institute curriculum was crowdsourced by over 10,000 CEO members of TheFunded.com, and the inaugural program started in May 2009 in a small classroom at Stanford University. There were originally no plans to expand beyond Silicon Valley, but upon receiving immense inbound interest to launch the program in other cities, the Founder Institute began to expand. Today the program operates across 200
In total, Founder Institute Graduates have raised over $700M and are worth an estimated $20B.
Our VISION is that there are talented problem-solvers everywhere whose potential can be unlocked to make an impact on the world through entrepreneurship.
Our MISSION is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and empower talented and motivated people to build impactful companies that create one million jobs.
We BELIEVE that
- Great companies start with great people.
- Great companies can be built anywhere.
- Great companies are not built alone.
- Anyone can change the world through entrepreneurship.
- Entrepreneurship can only be learned by doing.
- Startups are much harder than you think.
The Founder Institute's comprehensive idea-stage accelerator program provides structure, mentor feedback, a global network of entrepreneurs, and a lifetime of support to help aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs build enduring companies. In addition, it is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more.