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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 empower communities of talented and motivated people to build technology businesses that positively impact the world, no matter their location, background, race, age, or sexual orientation, and since 2009 we have helped launch over 4,500 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.

NOTEDo 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.

Get Inspired

Read about the latest news and insights coming out of FI for Good below.

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13+ Social & Environmental Metrics for Measuring FoodTech + Agricultural Innovations’ Impact on Hunger

By Dustin Betz on 2020-08-29
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How You Can Find & Win Social Enterprise Funding

By Dustin Betz on 2020-08-16
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Announcing the Black American Founder Fellowship

By Jonathan Greechan on 2020-07-29
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Announcing Dedicated Startup Office Hours for Black American Entrepreneurs

By Dustin Betz on 2020-06-10
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Measuring Impact in the Circular Economy with Polen

By Virginia Graham on 2020-05-09
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TotalCtrl Saves Money By Reducing Food Waste

By Virginia Graham on 2020-04-21
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20+ Startups Solving COVID-19 Challenges & Building the New Economy

By Dustin Betz on 2020-04-13
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20+ Social Impact Metrics for Measuring Impact of HealthTech Companies

By Dustin Betz on 2020-03-21
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Why Social Entrepreneurs are Embracing the Effective Altruism Movement

By Dustin Betz on 2020-03-14
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Adeo In Estonia: A Decade of Change and Innovation - sTARTUp Day 2020

By Dustin Betz on 2020-03-07
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Pessimists, Move Over: Impact Founders Are Pragmatists By Definition

By Dustin Betz on 2020-02-29


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