Build a Fundable, Global Startup in Pittsburgh

The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses.

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Program Dates
Sep 10, 2024 Dec 04, 2024
Early Deadline
Jul 21, 2024
Early Entrance Fee
$699 $899
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The Core Experience

You don't have to do it alone. Alongside other like-minded entrepreneurs, you will build your business in a structured, proven process.

Critical Support Network

Join an Equity Collective of helpful startup mentors and founders that are invested in your success.
Get access to a lifetime of support programs and partners that far exceeds any comparable program.

Structured Methodology

Know what to work on, and when, with our proven business-building sprints and structured process.
Build a company with impact by leveraging the world's largest network of startup founders and mentors.

Challenging Process

Less than 40% of Founders make it through the program because we challenge you every step of the way.
Get fast-tracked to our Funding Lab program and Virtual Demo Days, giving you the best chance to get funding.

Session Calendar

Below are the dates for the upcoming program

Sep 03, 2024
06:00pm EDT
Accelerator Kickoff
Sep 10, 2024
06:00pm EDT
Vision & Mission
Sep 11, 2024
06:00pm EDT
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Featured Grad

FI Grad Company

From our Silicon Valley chapter, Udemy is the global leader in online learning, with nearly 200,000 courses. The company went public on the NASDAQ in October 2021, raising $421 million.

FI Grad

The real question is: can the Founder Institute be game-changing for your business? The answer is yes. Without FI, Udemy may have never raised any money.

Gagan Biyani
Udemy (IPO, 2021)

Join an Online Information Session

Sign up for an upcoming info session to learn more and chat with our team. There are several sessions per week across most time zones.


Our leadership team are proven startup experts who know how to walk you through the challenges of your early-stage startup.

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Randy Eager

Founder & Managing Partner @ ResTec Solutions
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Greg Coticchia

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David Cerniglia

Software Developer @ The Dev Shop
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Juan Lacey

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FI Pittsburgh Mentors

Build a business efficiently through video conferences, office hours, and material reviews from a roster of top startup mentors.

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Don Morrison

Chairman of Deal Flow @ Blue Tree Allied Angels
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Mike Formica

Managing Director Hardware @ Innovation Works
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Nicholas Kuhn

CEO @ Setex Technologies
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Kit Needham

Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Project Olympus, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship @ Carnegie Mellon University
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Mark DeSantis

CEO @ Bloomfield
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Joe Ferrara

CEO @ Security Journey

Local Partners

Get special deals and support worth over $3 million from top support organizations and partners.

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The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 7,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 100 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.

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