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Congratulations, you have been recommended to our Washington DC Fall 2022 program by a Graduate of the Founder Institute.

Thanks to this recommendation, your application below will be prioritized by our Admissions Team, and if you are accepted you will be guaranteed our Early Bird Entrance Fee ($799 USD). 


What is the Founder Institute?

As the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, the Washington DC Founder Institute can help you:

  • Focus on what's important, using a structured growth process that defines your next steps, helps you move quickly, and has proven to reduce the time and cost to build a startup. 
  • Make smart decisions, through constant feedback on your strategy and progress for the entire lifecycle of your business from the world's top entrepreneurs and investors. 
  • Build a global business, by leveraging the world's largest network of startup mentors, founders, and investors (based in Silicon Valley, with chapters spanning 200+ cities across six continents). 

Since 2009, we have helped over 6,000 portfolio companies raise over $1.75BN in funding, solve big problems, build products people love, recruit amazing teams, and more.

Who Should Apply?

The Founder Institute focuses on founders instead of ideas, so we rely heavily on recommendations to identify the best people. If you are talented and motivated to do the work required to build an enduring tech or tech-enabled company, then we want to hear from you. This includes aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding.

What to Expect?

The Final Admissions Deadline for the Washington DC Fall 2022 Semester is Oct 30, 2022. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better your chances of being accepted.

After completing the application below, you will be invited to take our Entrepreneur DNA Assessment, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants. If you would like to learn more about our Admissions Process and review criteria, visit

Not Ready?

If you want to learn more, our Overview page is a good place to start.


Over 50% of FI Graduates come from recommendations, so we look forward to receiving your application below. 

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