Funding Lab is a virtual advisory program that helps early-stage startups raise seed funding. Over the course of a regimented 3 month program, participants work closely with the Founder Institute's Silicon Valley HQ team to improve their pitch materials, build an investor pipeline, pitch to angels, negotiate terms, and generate strong investor interest.
Funding Lab is conducted solely via email, phone, and online tools, and is only available to Graduates of the Founder Institute program.
Funding Lab participants are required to dedicate 20 hours per week for 3 months in order to close a seed round.
Work with a dedicated fundraising coach to prepare your business and improve your pitch, and pitch deck.
Get access to fundraising experts and senior advisors to create a winning strategy.
Get access to a shared database of investors and advisors from the global FI network.
Leverage our experience to negotiate your term sheet and manage your investor meetings.
Founders that secure lead investors are eligible for Virtual Demo Days to fill out their round.
Get all-access invites to all global Founder Institute networking events and conferences.
The goal of Funding Lab is to help you close the lead investor to your seed round in less than 6 months.
FI Companies from six continents have used Funding Lab to achieve the next steps in their business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.