Become a Local Leader of the Founder Institute as a City- or as a Vertical-Focused virtual accelerator & launch global tech startups
in your startup ecosystem
weekly time commitment
in the startups you help
Since 2009, over 5,500 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 25000 Mentors. We're looking for entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and startup community leaders to join Accelerator Lab - our training and onboarding program to launch and lead an accelerator.
Below are the steps to launch a virtual FI accelerator and become a global startup ecosystem leader.
(2 hours) Tell us about your startup experience and take our Entrepreneur DNA Test. Do you want to run a City or a Vertical accelerator?
(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.
(7 weeks) Pass our training program for new Local Leaders and configure your first accelerator program, invite mentors, close partnerships.
(3-4 months) Announce your accelerator and organise 5 online events with top speakers & partners from your network. Engage your ecosystem.
(3,5 months) Start your first cohort with 25-30 Founders, mentor them and guide them through FI's structured company-building methodology.
~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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Build a startup accelerator efficiently using FI's shared infrastructure, resources & processes. Learn from FI Leaders & build your network.
Our portfolio includes companies worth an estimated $30BN in value, spanning 200+ cities and 95+ countries.
Top mobile content distribution platform in Southeast Asia. Series C funding. Hanoi FI Alum.
The world's largest destination for online courses. 40M+ students, $200M+ funding. Silicon Valley FI Alum.
Europe's fastest growing service to rent your car. $22M+ funding, acquired 2018. Paris FI Alum.
B2B platform that matches investors with African SMEs. $1M+ Funding. Johannesburg FI Alum.
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