Since 2009, our flagship program has combined structured sprints with constant feedback to help you reach the milestones needed for investment and growth.
Learn by doing with real-world business-building sprints. No theoretical 'homework' here.
Make the right decisions with weekly Feedback Sessions, Office Hours and Working Groups.
Weekly ratings, reviews, and milestones to push you farther, faster.
FI Core is designed for founders at the pre-seed stage: including idea-stage founders, solo founders, small teams, and companies that are pre-funding. We work with founders before they are ready to do a seed-accelerator (like Techstars) or raise funding from professional investors.
Since different founders have different needs, the 4- month Core Program is split into tracks with unique milestones and sprints. Founders also get sprints specifically designed to address their unique business challenges.
The bar for graduating varies by individual, business, and stage. Some founders raise funding in the program, but at the very least you can expect to leave the program with the following:
Over 75 Core Programs are accepting applications worldwide, including the Washington DC program.
The Founder Institute’s global scale and number of successful Alumni is truly unprecedented.
You don't have to do it alone. Alongside other like-minded entrepreneurs, you will build your business in a structured, proven process.
Our process removes uncertainty and helps you focus on the right things in a sequential fashion.
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.
Build your startup alongside dozens of Mentors that have built, led, or invested in high-growth companies.
When incentives are aligned, great things happen. That's why we developed a groundbreaking "Equity Collective" to establish a large network of exeperts that are invested in your success for the long haul. When you succeed, everyone succeeds.
After FI Core, we are here to help at every stage of your startup journey. No hidden costs, additional contracts, or surprise subscription fees.
Alumni immediately join the world's largest network of mentors and advisors, and get access to private events, Office Hours, and partner discounts totaling $2M+ in value.
After completing FI Core, Alumni get free access to a series of additional virtual advisory programs to guide them towards their next major business milestones.
When ready, Alumni get featured on events and syndicated to a diverse pool of investors actively participating in a startup's first or second round of funding.
FI is hard, because building a great business is much, much harder. Our Admissions Process is designed to accept only high-potential entrepreneurs, and then less than 40% of accepted founders are able to graduate, by design.
To complete the program, you must:
When the world changes, entrepreneurs are best positioned to take advantage and build the future, but only if they move quickly to respond to changing customer needs. The Founder Institute is designed to help you do just that. Apply to FI Core today.
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 6,000 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 95 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.