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Let's Build The Future

The global lockdown has given the planet a moment to recover and given our minds the freedom to see beyond our daily routines. We are reflecting on the lives that we lead. We are asking big questions. What can be? What is next?

Now is the time to build the future we want to see in the world

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Featured graduates

Some of the startups growing fast amidst COVID-19

A Sacramento Navy Veteran has designed the first ever single patient use bedside medical carts filled with personal protective equipment for nurses on the frontlines of Covid and other emergencies and disasters.

CEO Taggart Neal
FI Sacramento Graduate

BetterMynd is on a mission to make mental health resources more accessible to college students everywhere

CEO Cody Semrau
FI Washington D.C. Graduate

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Rally your community to launch startups that will have a positive impact on the world. Apply to lead a world-class pre-seed accelerator in your city.

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