Your Work Should Matter
There is no shortage of big problems facing humanity, but there is a shortage of ambitious startups trying to solve them.
The Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and empower talented and motivated people to build impact companies that create one million jobs, and since 2009 we have helped launch over 4,000 companies across six continents.
However, we too often watch talented entrepreneurs pursue ideas with low ambition. As the world becomes more connected and technology infiltrates the very fabric of our society, there has never been a better time for tech startups to make a difference and change the world.
We cannot rely on just government. Entrepreneurs can fix the world's problems.
In order to inspire and empower entrepreneurs to build impactful and ambitious companies, the Founder Institute is unveiling our "FI for Good" initiative.
Over the coming months, we will be announcing a number of programs and fellowships aimed to encourage entrepreneurs of every background to create technology companies that are not only meaningful, but that also aim to solve some of the biggest problems of humanity. Read our FI for Good Manifesto here.
NOTE: Do not apply to the Founder Institute pursuing one of the ideas below just because you think it will increase your chances of acceptance. We are interested in working with passionate entrepreneurs building any tech or tech-enabled business that aims to "touch one million people", and we look for highly talented founders passionate about the business they are building. Read more about our Admissions Process here.
Our Areas of Focus
The very people that protect civilians and our way of life far too often find themselves left behind by the global economy.
The Founder Institute started the Veteran Founder Initiative to support and inspire veterans to build companies.
The greatest human achievement since the taming of fire and the cultivation of food will be the permanent habitation of the stars.
In 2017, the Founder Institute launched the Star Fellow program to support space entrepreneurs. An updated version of this program is coming soon.
Most scientists agree that fossil fuels and our existing models for energy are negatively impacting our health and poisoning our planet, possibly past a point of no return.
Stay tuned for the Founder Institute's first clean tech initiatives, and if you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
The Future of Food & Water
Our food industry is built on unsustainable technologies and optimized to mass-produce food that negatively impacts our health.
Stay tuned for the Founder Institute's first food tech initiatives, and if you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
Women's Health & Fertility
Fertility impacts every single person on this planet. There is massive opportunity for gains in this area and women's health as a whole.
Stay tuned for the Founder Institute's first women's health initiatives, and if you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
Our "global economy" is not global at all, when you consider that the vast majority of humans have no means to participate.
Stay tuned for the Founder Institute's first financial inclusion initiatives, and if you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
Housing & Urban Planning
The potential for technology to positively impact our buildings, cities, and urban planning is only just started to be explored.
Stay tuned for the Founder Institute's first housing initiatives, and if you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
Governance & Democracy
Modern technology has done far too little to improve the average person's participation in governance.
Stay tuned for the Founder Institute's first governance initiatives, and if you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
We cannot reach out potential as a species when antiquated idealogies hold us back from basic decency, peace, and collaboration.
The Founder Institute has released countless local initiatives around racial equality, but stay tuned for our first global initiatives. If you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
Many of our existing models for education have proven to be ineffective, and are often preparing people for a world that no longer exists.
Stay tuned for the Founder Institute's first ed tech initiatives, and if you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
Healthcare & Biotech
Our one-size-fits-all medicinal industry often produces drugs that are addictive, and supported by a broken healthcare system that’s optimized for profit instead of the well-being of the patients.
Stay tuned for the Founder Institute's first health tech initiatives, and if you want to help or partner with us, get in touch.
Stay tuned for more details on our initiatives.
In addition to our global initiatives, the Founder Institute also offers local programs across the globe to African American-led startups, LGBTQ-led startups, and more. Check your city's Local Fellowships Page to see the local programs offered in your city.
Read about the latest news and insights coming out of FI for Good below.
Sustainable Businesses the World Needs Now: The Carbon Storage Startup Idea Bank
Adeo Ressi in Stockholm: How To Build Purpose Driven Startups That Change the World
Female Founder Initiative Impact Report
Sustainable Businesses the World Needs Now: The Energy Startup Idea Bank
How To Find Impact Investors For Sustainable Startups
Startup Visionary Awards: Recognizing the Diversity Champions of the Founder Institute
Solving the World’s Food and Water Problems Through Tech and Innovation
How to Launch a Startup that Matters - Insights from Kimbal Musk
Fantine is Crowned the 2019 Pitch For Purpose Champion
Fantine is Fueling the Coffee Value Chain Revolution
Bullpen Capital's Christine Herron Joins the Pitch For Purpose Demo Day Judges
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