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Lead a Startup Accelerator with the Founder Institute

Become a Local Leader of the Founder Institute as a City- or as a Vertical-Focused startup accelerator and launch global tech businesses

Be Leader

in your startup ecosystem

6-8 hours

weekly time commitment


early-stage entrepreneurs

Get Equity

in the startups you help

FI is the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator

Since 2009, over 5,000 companies in 90+ countries have used the Founder Institute to build global businesses, solve big problems, raise over $1.5 billion in funding, recruit a team, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

Join our global FI network of 500+ Local Leaders and 22000+ Mentors in 90+ countries and become a Leader in your city or in your vertical (industry of expertise). Apply to our FI training program for new Leaders and start your FI chapter in 2022.

Accelerator Lab Cohort 8

Fully Virtual
Program Dates
Mar 16, 2023 Apr 27, 2023
Early Admissions Deadline
Jan 22, 2023
Final Admissions Deadline
Mar 12, 2023
Entrance Fee
See full program schedule

How it works

Below are the steps to launch your FI accelerator and become a global startup ecosystem leader.

1. Apply to lead a City or a Vertical-Focused Accelerator

(2 hours) Tell us about your experience with startups and take our Entrepreneur DNA Test. Do you want to run a City or a Vertical?

2. Refer Startup Leaders to Form Your Team

(2-4 weeks) Join a Team or form a new Team? Get 3-4 Local Leaders on board - an entrepreneur, an ecosystem leader & an operator/marketeer.

3. Start the Accelerator Lab Training & Onboarding Program

(7 weeks) Pass our training program for new Local Leaders and configure your first accelerator program, invite mentors, close partnerships.

4. Officially Launch Your Accelerator & Recruit Your Cohort

(3-4 months) Announce your accelerator and organise 5 online events with top speakers & partners from your network. Meet your startup cohort

5. Build a Cohort of ~30 Founders & Run FI's 14-Week Program

(3,5 months) Start your first cohort with 25-30 Founders, mentor them and guide them through FI's structured company-building methodology.

6. Graduate Your First Cohort of ~10 Startups & Repeat

~30% of your Founders will successfully launch a company and you'll get equity. After 2-3 cohorts you become a top angel in your ecosystem.

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