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The Founder Institute, the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Washington DC program!

If you could use a structured process and a lifetime of support from Washington DC 's top investors and entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Washington DC Founder Institute today.


Since 2009, our highly-structured accelerator programs have helped entrepreneurs at the earliest stages grow quickly, know what to do next, and make connections with the largest community of startup advisors.

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. Alumni of FI Core then receive free access to our advanced ‘Founder Lab’ accelerators for years to come, and can get matched with prospective investors in the FI Venture Network, a collection of global funds actively investing in the earliest rounds of funding. 

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free online startup events in Washington DC, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs:

  • How to Acquire Your First Customers with Actionable SEO Strategies : 1:00pm, Apr 24, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343626
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session: https://FI.co/infosession
  • What is Entrepreneur DNA? Insights from 15 Years of Social Science Research: 1:00pm, Apr 29, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343615
  • Co-Founders Connect: Find a Business Partner Online: 8:00pm, May 01, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343632
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas (Interactive Online Event): 1:00pm, May 08, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343639
  • How to Build a Fundable Start-up Brand: 1:00pm, May 20, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343650
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder: 8:00pm, May 22, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343840
  • How to Quickly Establish Safe, Reliable, and Compliant AI Startups: 1:00pm, May 29, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343849
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 1:00pm, Jun 03, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343489
  • Ask an Investor Anything: Q&A with a Venture Capitalist: 8:00pm, Jun 05, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343860
  • How to Turn your Value Proposition into a Product Market Fit: 1:00pm, Jun 24, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343675
  • How to Acquire your First 100 B2C Customers: 1:00pm, Jul 08, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/344466
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 8:00pm, Jul 22, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343997
  • How to Build a Personal Brand: The Startup Founders Guide to Thought Leadership: 1:00pm, Jul 24, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343180
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 1:00pm, Aug 12, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/344144
  • What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research: 8:00pm, Sep 09, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/344243
  • How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas: 1:00pm, Sep 23, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343596
  • Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Make the Transition to Startup Founder : 1:00pm, Nov 04, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/343381
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 8:00pm, Nov 18, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/344732
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner: 1:00pm, Dec 09, 2024 (America/New_York): https://FI.co/e/344844

The Washington DC program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Brian Bassett (Director, Simple Thread), Guc Ozenci ( Managing Partner, Axent Ventures).

In addition, some of Washington DC's top investors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs will be participating in the program, providing them with expert feedback and evaluation. The list of startup mentors for the Washington DC Founder Institute includes:

* Abid Masood * Allyson Redpath * Andres Jordan * Arcui Usoara * Ashtan Moore * Brian Bassett * Chris Haug * Daniel Shires * Dave Mc Carthy * Frances Reimers * Geneviève Nixon-Weems * Guc Ozenci * Henry Hunter * Isabel Pablo * Joe Daniels * Josh Rosenthal * June W Choi * Kathie Brady * Kuzeyhan Ozdemir * Naresh Verma * Natcha Thawesaengskulthai * Noah Wallach * Peter Ettinger * Rosemarie Truman * Sammy Popat * Sean Makulowich * Solomon Asad * Steve Ryan * Tyrone Taylor * YouMon Tsang

  • And many more to be announced.

Join us in Washington DC to build a great company in 2024. 

Apply to the Washington DC Fall 2024 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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