Free Advanced Accelerators & Resources for FI Alumni

Founder Lab is series a virtual advisory programs where Alumni work closely with our Silicon Valley HQ to reach the next milestones in their business. The goal of these programs is to continue to providing our portfolio companies with (1) a structured process, and (2) constant feedback and support long after the Core Program ends.

These programs are cohort-based, last 3-6 months each, and are conducted via email, phone, and our online collaboration tools.

All Founder Lab programs are 100% free for Founder Institute Alumni

What's included

  • A highly-structured, step-by-step process with aggressive weekly sprints

  • A dedicated coach in Silicon Valley to provide constant guidance and feedback

  • Facilitated connections to advisors, experts, and investors through the FI network

  • Access to a network of global advisors to guide you along the way.

Available Founder Lab Programs & Resources

These structured resources are designed to push you to the next step, wherever you are as a business.

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Head Start

Goal: Plan your fundraise
  • Access tools, best practices, and prep work to raise money from professional investors

  • Self-paced course, monthly open enrollment + interactive Q&A sessions - RSVP in Alumni Dashboard

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Funding Lab

Goal: Secure your lead investor
  • Leverage a network of fundraising advisors for expertise and negotiation assistance

  • Structured feedback on pitch deck, term sheet, cap table, data room, and strategy

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FI Venture Network

Goal: Get intros to investors
  • Deal syndication to a global network of investors

  • Intros to Investors & Advisors

  • Deal structure and closing assistance

Example Schedule: Funding Lab

The goal of Funding Lab is to help you close the lead investor to your seed round in less than 6 months.

Weekly focus
1 Training
2 Planning
3 Refining
4 Networking
5 Outreach
6 Progress Review
7 Pitch Blitzing
8 Iteration
9 Follow-Up
10 Create Demand
11 Initial Closing
12 Final Pushes
Office Hours
Investor Pipeline Building
Pitch & Pitch Deck Editing
Investor Prospecting
Pitch Practice
Data Room

Featured Founder Lab Alumni

Founder Lab has helped companies across 6 continents get to the next level.

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Braze Mobility

Braze Mobility is an affordable blind spot sensor turning any wheelchair into a 'smart' wheelchair. They were selected in August 2021 to participate in Google For Startups Accelerator.

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BR Polen

Polen is B2B platform enabling corporate buying and selling of waste stream products. The company signed many customers and was ranked in the Top 10 of the 100 Open Startups Ranking.

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Lessonbee is comprehensive health, wellness and mental health education for grades K-12 to build social-emotional skills. The company raised funding in 2021 and was featured in Forbes.

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Kudoti connects brands, manufacturers, collectors, and recyclers to build a more circular economy. The company received the $40k Creating Shared Value Prize from Nestlé in July 2021.

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Zowasel is a vetted agriculture marketplace to buy and sell crops. The company received $100k in funding at UN World Food Programme’s Zero Hunger Sprint.

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MAA’VA is a carbon-negative building material; turning plastic and nonplastic waste into eco-materials. They won Pitch For Progress 2021 Global Impact Startup Competition in July 2021.

Founder Lab programs are exclusively for Alumni of the FI Core Accelerator

It all starts with our renowned FI Core accelerator, which pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth.

Apply to FI Core

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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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