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The Founder Institute is the world’s premier 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 $950M. 

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.

What to Expect?

The Final Admissions Deadline for the Houston Fall 2020 program is 2020-08-09. But, if you apply by the Early Admissions Deadline on 2020-07-12:

  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

Not Ready?

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


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