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
Our Goal is to reach 80% of our global alumni building businesses that address the UN SDGs by 2030
For Progress Company

Progress Planner

Not every entrepreneur can (or wants to) “change the world”, but every entrepreneur can do their part to make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Our new "Progress Planner" makes it easy to find achievable impact goals for your business.
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Our Initiatives

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.
Female Founders Initiative

Female Founder Initiative

The Female Founder Initiative was created in 2016 to support the women in the Founder Institute network. Today, we are supporting women founders from all over the world.

50%
increase from 2016 to 2017 of women-founded portfolio companies from the Founder Institute
38%
of the companies the Founder Institute produced in the U.S. were women-founded in 2018
Black American Founder Fellowship

Black American Founder Fellowship

Through this program, any Black American Founder in the United States who is building a startup (or who has an idea for a startup) can apply to any Founder Institute chapter in the United States for free, and the top applicants in each program will receive free access to our pre-seed accelerator program.

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<1%
of VC-backed tech companies have Black Founders (via CB Insights)
<2%
of Partners at VC Firms are Black (via BLCK VC)
Veteran Founder Initiative

Veteran Founder Initiative

Our mission is to unite the veteran entrepreneur ecosystem to help build 100 veteran led technology companies each year.

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100+
Veteran Startups Accelerated

Our Impact

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4500+
Startups
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90+
Countries
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25,000+
Jobs Created

Our Impactful Companies

  • Charlotte Aschim - CEO & Co-Founder

    TotalCtrl

    Founder Institute Oslo

    TotalCtrl is a cloud-based food waste prevention system that simplifies inventory and expiry date management by providing real-time data on products.

    Responsible Consumption and Production
    Sustainable Development Goal 12
  • Pooja Viswanathan - CEO & Founder

    Braze Mobility

    Founder Institute Toronto

    Braze Mobility has developed the first blind spot sensor system that can be added to any wheelchair, offering the driver feedback regarding location and proximity of obstacles through lights, sounds and vibrations.

    Reduced Inequalities
    Sustainable Development Goal 10
  • Viola Llewellyn - President & Co-Founder

    Ovamba

    Founder Institute Johannesburg

    Ovamba is an award winning ‘TradeTech’ company that supports financial institutions who want to serve growing businesses in emerging and frontier markets.

    Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Sustainable Development Goal 8

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Startuppers

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Entrepreneurs

Now is the time to build your dream company and create the post pandemic world. Apply to our pre-seed accelerator programs to build something that matters.

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Ecosystem Leaders

Rally your community to launch startups that will have a positive impact on the world. Apply to lead a world-class pre-seed accelerator in your city.

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Investors

Organize resources locally to launch an impactful venture firm and fund businesses that will build a bright future. Apply to join our VC builder program.

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