Become a Local Leader of the Founder Institute as a City- or as a Vertical-Focused startup accelerator and launch global tech businesses
in your startup ecosystem
weekly time commitment
in the startups you help
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.
Below are the steps to launch your FI accelerator and become a global startup ecosystem leader.
(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?
(2-4 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. Meet your startup cohort
(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, resourced & 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.
Get special deals and support worth over $3 million from top support organizations and partners.Apply to the Program