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The Founder Institute is the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator.

We help you build an enduring company by establishing a support network of local startup experts that are invested in your success, and providing a structured business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $800M. 

If you are ready to make several years of progress on your startup in just 3.5 months, and receive a lifetime of support after Graduation, then apply below today.

Who Should Apply?

The Founder Institute focuses on founders instead of ideas. If you are talented and motivated to do the work required to build an enduring tech or tech-enabled company, then we want to hear from you. This includes aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding.

What to Expect?

The Final Admissions Deadline for the Austin Summer 2019 Semester is 2019-06-02. But, if you apply by the Early Admissions Deadline on 2019-04-28:

  1. You will be invited to take the Predictive Admissions Assessment for free ($25 USD value)
  2. You will be eligible for the Early Course Fee (the early price of $799 USD increases to $999 USD after the Early Deadline)

After completing the application below, you will be invited to take our Predictive Admissions Assessment, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants.

If you would like to learn more about our Admissions Process and review criteria, visit FI.co/admissions.

Not Ready?

If you want to learn more, our Overview page is a good place to start.


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