The Founder Institute is the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator.
We help you get to traction and funding with a support network of startup experts that are invested in your success, and through a structured business-building process that has helped our alumni raise over $1.5 billion.
Who Should Apply?
The Founder Institute focuses on helping tech or tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with just ideas.
Apply to the Program
The Final Admissions Deadline for the Chicago Spring Virtual 2022 program is Feb 20, 2022. But, if you apply by the Early Admissions Deadline on Dec 12, 2021:
- You will be invited to take the Entrepreneur DNA Assessment for free ($10 USD value)
- You will be eligible for the Early Course Fee (the early price of $699 USD increases to $899 USD after the Early Deadline)
After completing the application below, you will be invited to take our Entrepreneur DNA Assessment, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants.
Program Update: This accelerator will be run online with local and international mentors, with the potential for some optional in-person networking. Learn more on our Virtual Program FAQ page.
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